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10 Dec Are the Kids Alright: Minors and Addiction

Throughout nearly every walk of American life, addiction has had an affect on countless families and individuals, regardless of class, race, gender, or any other demographic divide. However, one particular demographic that deserves to get looked at, more often, is that of young people who struggle with addiction. The rate of drug abuse amongst members of the youngest generation is directly going to impact the future of addiction, and whether we can bring down rates that have been drastically rising for the past two decades.

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02 Nov Messages of Inspiration from General Conference (Part 2)

This post is a continuation from our last one about the recent LDS General Conference. As church members around the world tuned in to hear messages of hope and inspiration last month, we were happy to also hear encouraging spiritual guidance and comfort for those of us struggling with addiction at any phase. Below are two messages which we found to be especially helpful and important in view of addiction recovery, overcoming trials, and making powerful life changes. Full transcripts of all the talks can be found on lds.org.

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20 Oct Messages of Inspiration from General Conference (Part 1)

Every 6 months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds its semiannual General Conference. During this weekend, everyone is invited to hear words of comfort, courage, and inspiration from leaders.

We’ve learned that when we come to conference with questions and concerns in our hearts, they’re answered through the inspiration of the Holy spirit. Last month, we enjoyed many messages that have special application to recovery and healing from addiction. Just a few of these lessons include: self-worth, forgiveness, the atonement of Christ, repentance, strength through adversity, and trust in God’s plan.

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10 Oct The Opioid Epidemic Is Now a National Emergency

President Trump recently made some waves when he announced that the opioid epidemic and the public health issue of addiction amounted to national emergencies that needed to be considered so on a public scale. This generated a lot of excitement in the world of addiction recovery, as it would mean that resources could be allocated in ways that could actually change the course of addiction rates and allow addiction prevention programs to be set up on a large scale. Here is some information about the opioid national emergency and what it truly means for the future of fighting addiction...

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01 Jul Common Animals Used for Therapy

The bond between people and animals runs incredibly deep. Being around animals helps improve a person’s empathy, and can have strong therapeutic benefits. Whether you are training these animals, or just being around them, interacting and sharing in a connection with therapy animals can have an amazingly positive impact on your mental health. However, each type of therapy animal certainly isn’t the same. Here are some of the common animals used for therapy and why...

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15 Jun Signs of Sex Addiction in Your Life Part 2

This article is continued from part 1.

Around 12 million adults in the United States are classified as sex addicts. The truth is that sex addiction is far more prevalent than a lot of people realize, and is potentially as widespread as alcoholism. Despite the numbers of known sex addicts, there are even more who go under the radar. While one of these signs doesn’t necessarily mean you struggle with sex addiction, multiple of them might. Here are some signs that could mean you also struggle with sex addiction...

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01 Jun Signs of Sex Addiction in Your Life Part 1

Around 12 million adults in the United States are classified as sex addicts. The truth is that sex addiction is far more prevalent than a lot of people realize, and is potentially as widespread as alcoholism. Despite the numbers of known sex addicts, there are even more who go under the radar. While one of these signs doesn’t necessarily mean you struggle with sex addiction, multiple of them might. Here are some signs that could mean you also struggle with sex addiction...

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15 May Alcohol Abuse Rates Rise After Retirement

Statistically, most people know someone in their immediate lives who is or has struggled with alcohol abuse. Alcohol is, after all, the most abused substance on the planet, far and away. Currently, around one in twelve of all adults in the United States are classified as problem drinkers. However, one aspect of the prevalent alcohol abuse picture in the United States that doesn’t get talked about enough is the spike in alcohol abuse rates that happens around the retirement age. In particular, why do retirees struggle with alcohol so much more than other U.S. adults?

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01 May Income Inequality Affects Recovery

Addiction is a behavioral disease that has affected every demographic in the United States, as well as throughout the world, regardless of class, color, or creed. However, it would be highly disingenuous to suggest that there aren’t socioeconomic factors that play a part in the landscape of addiction that we are witnessing today, especially if we, as a society, want to take meaningful steps to combat addiction and save lives. In particular, class economics have a big part to play in addiction, by the numbers. Here are some important things to remember about the connection between income inequality and addiction...

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15 Apr Alcoholism Rates of Women Continue to Climb

Alcoholism is a problem that has continued to grow in America. First of all, alcohol is the most abused substance in the world, by far, due to its social prevalence and its legality. Indeed, nearly 9% of adults in the United States report having drinking patterns that could be described as problematic. Amidst these facts, another alarming trend has begun to get noticed and studied: the particular rising rates of alcoholism in women. Essentially, more women today are drinking a lot more than most women did in the decades before. Here is some information about how alcoholism rates among women continue to climb...

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