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Providing Online Therapy for Substance Abuse

Article written by Ryleigh Jeffers Though in-office therapy is now more accessible and safe, it’s likely that online therapy is going to be a crucial part of the new normal. A report by the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed that more mental health professionals are treating via telehealth, since state governments, Medicare, and Medicaid allowed services to […]

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: The Importance of Clearing Out Your Medicine Cabinets

April 30th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an awareness day designed to encourage the public to dispose of unused prescription medications in a safe way, provide them with a method of doing so, and educate people about the importance of clearing out medicine cabinets on a regular basis. The truth is that the majority

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Substance Abuse and the Classroom: 5 Signs Educators Should Watch For

Addressing the drug crisis among children and adolescents takes more than a stern lecture, a yearly school assembly, or Red Ribbon Week. It takes vigilance and it takes a village. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in three Alabama high school students reported having smoked marijuana, one in ten admitted

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Risk Factors for Tobacco Abuse and Addiction

Tobacco contains nicotine which is addictive, and anyone who uses tobacco is at risk of becoming addicted to it. However, some people are more likely to abuse and get addicted to tobacco products than others. This is because, like other types of addictions, certain risk factors make some groups of individuals more susceptible to tobacco

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Rebuilding Trust Along the Road to Recovery

Written by Melanie Childers. In my work as a therapist, I’ve rarely seen anything with the potential to devastate family systems quite like addiction has. Addiction changes people fundamentally, and I don’t just mean the person who’s abusing substances; addiction alters the way the sober person experiences relationships, too. Parents, children, partners, and caretakers can

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How Smoking and Vaping in Media Influence Youth Tobacco Use

A new study released by the Truth Initiative reveals that the majority of young peoples’ top-watched TV shows and movies feature smoking, vaping, and other tobacco-related imagery. The report states that nearly 60% of young people’s top streaming and broadcast season releases featured smoking. Nearly 27 million youth were exposed to this tobacco imagery.[1] Movies

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