01 Jul Setting Boundaries for You and Your Loved Ones

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We often hesitate to set boundaries in our life, worrying that it’s a signal we don’t love and care about the people around us. However, the truth is just the opposite. It’s important to recognize that there’s a difference between being “nice” and being truly compassionate.

“Compassionate people ask for what they need. They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it. They're compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.”

-Brene Brown

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01 Jun Do You Have a Prodigal Son?

Woman hugging her daughterWe all are familiar with the story of the Prodigal Son found in Luke Chapter 15.  A man had two sons, one asks his father to divide up his portion of his inheritance.  The young man took a journey and as the bible says “wasted his substance with riotous living.”  After a while, due to a famine, and his lifestyle, the son lost all he had and started feeding pigs, sometimes eating what was thrown to them.  After a while, he realized that his Father’s servants were better off than he, so he went to find his father.   Once he arrived, his father ran towards him, and kissed him, and killed the fatted calf for a celebration.
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01 May Sobriety Is about Connection

Sobriety is about connection.

According to the book Chasing the Scream, by journalist Johann Hari, the “opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety, but connection.” There is a lot of truth to this, as sobriety is more of a lifestyle, rather than simply not taking drugs, and addiction is primarily destructive because of how it alienates people further into the fringes of society. However, from a nuanced perspective, what sobriety is about is actually connection. If sobriety is a lifestyle, then the ways that we interact with our fellow man are the tenets that hold such a lifestyle together, so that we can share in our human experience in positive and fulfilling ways. Here is some information about this ideology, as well as Johann Hari’s experience with it...

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15 Apr Alcohol Abuse Increases Heart Risks

A man stares into a glass of whiskey.We may get used to hearing about the dangers of alcohol abuse. However, it is important not to get complacent when you hear about the ways that alcohol can impact your health, or else you may become numb to the truth of the situation. While more and more people are becoming knowledgeable about the cardiovascular danger of long-term alcohol abuse, not enough is being discussed about how the short term effects of immediate alcohol intake. Here is some more information about the effects on your heart that drinking alcohol can have...

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01 Apr Surviving Addiction Without Family

A depressed man with wine is an alcoholic.Addiction is an incredibly personal battle that will require everything that an addict has to fight. For this reason, it is usually very beneficial for a strong support system to be there to help them in this journey towards a complete recovery. Family is inherently a great place for this support system to stem from. It is hard to find a group of people who are devoted to you and love you so unconditionally that they would stand by your side in even the most trying of times. However, not everybody has the luxury of this built-in support structure. This may be for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, a person may not have any surviving family around them, or perhaps their family has turned their backs on them during this time. However, not all is lost. While the fight may be hard, there is a way to beat addiction, even for those who don’t have the benefit of a family to support them...

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15 Mar Driving and Marijuana Smoking

A "no marijuana" road sign against a blue sky.There has been in a trend, recently, of relaxation on what specifically is dangerous about marijuana abuse. While there are many national conversations that need to be had, one such side effect of this changing ideology is the idea that marijuana is not necessarily much of a driving impairment. This idea probably stems from the claim that marijuana is even less dangerous than alcohol. Now, that's not a subject we are going to broach, today, but it's important to note that driving under the influence of any substance is incredibly dangerous. Here's some information about driving under the influence of marijuana...

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01 Mar Is Addiction Genetic?

Addiction is currently a mental disease that is growing and causing immense pain and suffering across America, as well as around the entire planet. But how does this disease spread so strongly? There are many factors that go into the spread of addiction, many of them being social, as well as a misunderstanding about how certain substances will affect you. However, many people have a burning question of whether or not addiction has anything to do with their genetic makeup, and whether the addiction of their parents and grandparents may be passed down to them. The answer, according to many studies, is a surprising yes...

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15 Feb The Effects of Heroin on the Body

A syringe full of heroin is measured in someone's handsOf all of the common street drugs that are seen in the world, today, heroin is certainly the most dangerous. In terms of the addictive properties, euphoric high, and destructive effects on the body, heroin cannot be matched. Since heroin addiction is quite a growing epidemic nowadays, due to the gateways that our society has opened with prescription opiates, it is important to understand the exact dangers that heroin presents to our vital organs. To help fully detail exactly these effects, let’s take a look at each bodily system and how it can be destroyed by the effects of heroin...

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01 Feb The Dangers of Binge Drinking

A fuzzy assortment of different bottles of alcohol fills a shelf, outside.Young people have a tendency to find themselves involved in a dangerous activity or pastime. In a way, it’s part of what it means to be young. However, there is certainly a point when youthful shenanigans pass the line into something that puts the health of the body at far too much risk to be acceptable. One such case, which is extremely popular with college and high school students nowadays, is binge drinking, the action of consuming multiple drinks in a row for the purpose of getting extremely drunk. This is notably different from typical alcoholism, because the individuals who partake in binge drinking do not consume alcohol every day. However, when they do drink, it is in dangerously large amounts (usually 5 drinks, or more).  While it may seem like it is just a practice to let loose at a party, there are very real dangers that come along with the activity of binge drinking...

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