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Why am I Scared of Alcoholics and Drug Addicts?

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Why am I Scared of Alcoholics and Drug Addicts? There’s something about alcoholics and drug addicts that scares me. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that their addiction has taken over their lives or if it’s the unpredictability of their behavior. Whatever it is, I can’t help but feel scared around them. I’m not sure if it’s the fact…

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Petting a Dog Might Be More Beneficial Than You Thought

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Petting a Dog Might Be More Beneficial Than You Thought We all know that petting our dogs or pets feels good, but how does it affect us? Research has found that our prefrontal cortex, the area of our brain that has a higher level of decision-making, is stimulated and helps us become more attentive and emotionally engaged when petting our…

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Can Meditation Heal Permanent Back Damage?

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Can Meditation Heal Permanent Back Damage? Sit in a quiet, peaceful place where you will not be disturbed for ten minutes. Sit cross-legged, interlock the fingers on both your hands and let them rest on your legs, keeping a straight posture. Focus on breathing as slowly and deeply as possible while taking breaths and exhaling. Your mind will be flooded…

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What Are the Responsibilities of The Twelve Steps Person?

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What Are the Responsibilities of The Twelve Steps Person? This time I’m writing to you about my opinion on the responsibilities described in the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) literature. I am someone who took part in the twelve-step program – it helped me a lot, and I am very grateful for this. I do not have a religious viewpoint, or follow…

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How to Deal with Anxiety and the After Symptoms of Having Recovered from Covid-19

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How to Deal with Anxiety and the After Symptoms of Having Recovered from Covid-19   Many people in the United States reported having anxiety issues during the pandemic. Another group of people who contracted COVID-19 survived but had some after symptoms caused by the sickness.  For millennia, fear has been a natural and necessary emotion for human survival and evolution….

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Speak Multiple Languages and Treat Addiction with Occupational Therapy 

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Speak Multiple Languages and Treat Addiction with Occupational Therapy    I’m turning forty-six this coming September, and I am fluent in four languages now. I am eager to move to another country and learn a new language again. If you have ever had the experience of learning a new language, you probably noticed how in the beginning, you translate in…

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Abusive Relationship Cycle

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A Cycle of Abusive Relationships    I haven’t called the person I last dated, and I just found out she is pregnant. I was abandoned as a newborn. As far as I know, my mother had a problem with alcohol and drug abuse, was very young, and could not care for me.  Ever since I was a child, I have…

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Fear of Change: Moving to a New Country

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Fear of Change and Leaving Your Comfort Zone to Move to a New Country   I was born in the US and grew up in Mexico City, where I lived until thirty-three. I had given thought to the possibility of living in another country; however, I discarded this and was “certain” that I would stay in Mexico for the rest…

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What is Codependency? 

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What is codependency?  Merriam Webster defines it as follows: A psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (such as an addiction to alcohol or heroin). Wikipedia‘s definition:  Codependency is a behavioral condition in a relationship where one person enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health,…

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Building better mental health

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Building Better Mental Health Our mental health influences everything we do: how we think, feel and behave in daily life. It affects our ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks. Strong mental health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems. Being mentally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety,…

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