5 Must-Dos Before Hosting a Holiday Party

Posted on December 18th, 2014

5 Must-Dos Before Hosting a Holiday PartyThe holiday frenzy is upon us and party hosts are busy putting together lists of must-have ingredients for entertaining family and friends. But before you get caught up in all the tasking, here are five must-dos to pay particular attention to before hosting your next holiday event:

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Problem Drinking in Middle Age Impairs Memory

Posted on December 17th, 2014

Problem Drinking in Middle Age Impairs MemoryMemory loss may seem like a natural part of aging, but there are many factors that make it worse. One of these is alcohol. A new study, conducted over 19 years, shows that if you engage in any problem drinking during middle age, your risk of serious memory problems later is doubled. This is not the first study to link drinking and memory problems, but along with other studies it illustrates just how damaging alcohol can be.

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Drug Addicts Need Treatment, Not Prison

Posted on December 12th, 2014

Drug Addicts Need Treatment, Not PrisonA disturbing statistic about modern American society is that we incarcerate a greater percentage of our population than any other country in the world. About 2.3 million Americans are in prison, and yet the rate of crime in the U.S. has dropped. What is happening? Many experts would say it is the war on drugs that has led to such a huge prison population. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws have led to the incarceration of millions of minor drug offenders, drug addicts and the mentally ill. But should we be treating these people as criminals or patients?

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Giving Back in Recovery

Posted on December 10th, 2014

Giving Back in RecoveryWhen a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, she is struggling with a disease that makes her very selfish. She lives only to feed her need, and others are often shoved aside. Addicts commit crimes to get drugs. They neglect family. Some are even abusive to those they love. At the very least, addicts do little to contribute to society or their communities. For these reasons and others, many addicts in recovery participate in volunteer work. Giving back is a way of making up for wrongdoings but also for creating a new and more meaningful life without substance abuse. If you are a recovering addict, find inspiration in the stories of others giving back.

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Mindfulness Helps Reduce Long-Term Relapse Rates

Posted on December 4th, 2014

Mindfulness Helps Reduce Long-Term Relapse RatesMindfulness is a mental state characterized by heightened awareness of changes in your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, as well as in your surroundings. Current evidence indicates the training in basic mindfulness principles can improve substance treatment participants’ ability to establish a pattern of drug or alcohol abstinence. In a study published in August 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a team of researchers from the University of Washington assessed the usefulness of mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) in helping substance program participants maintain their sobriety in the months following treatment.

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