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10 benefits of being a pet owner

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There are many benefits to owning a pet, but here are just ten of the health-related ones: Stress relief – Petting a dog has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone). Improved mental health – Owning a pet can help reduce anxiety and loneliness and increase happiness and self-worth. Lower cholesterol levels – Studies…

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When Individuals Believe They Need a Drug to Feel Good or Act Normal

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When Individuals Believe They Need a Drug to Feel Good or Act Normal “…there is always soma, delicious soma, half a gramme for a half-holiday, a gramme for a weekend, two grammes for a trip to the gorgeous East, three for a dark eternity on the moon…” From the book “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley (1932) is available in the…

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How can you learn to be more mentally and emotionally fit?

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How can you learn to be more mentally and emotionally fit? Our thoughts and emotions are part of us, just as fingers belong to our hands. Thoughts and emotions are phenomena we live with, and that’s that. However, keeping your mind “healthy” takes time and effort.  I ask you this: What if we all knew what to do when life…

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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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Tips for Beating Burnout

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Tips for Beating Burnout   Stress is a reality of life, whereas excessive and non-stop stress may take us to the incapacitating emotional condition we know as burnout. Three signs distinguish burnout: fatigue; depersonalization, absence from work; and lack of efficacy, or sentiments of incompetence.   Too much work and deadline anxieties are expected in a job. Everyone could at…

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How To Deal with The Manipulation of An Addict

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How To Deal with The Manipulation of An Addict When you care about someone who has an addiction, you may find some of their conduct illogical, unsettling and we know this very well here at La Jolla Recovery. Two ordinary threads you can identify in almost all addictions (alcohol, eating, sex, or drugs) are lies and manipulation from the addict….

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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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Why Is Everyone Obsessed with Being Thin?

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Why Is Everyone Obsessed with Being Thin? I’m a skinny person. I don’t mean to be, and I certainly don’t try to be; I am. It’s a certitude of my life, and it’s something that everyone around me senses the need to comment on. We are a skinny-obsessed civilization, and it is notorious. Individuals make comments about how much weight…

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Holidays Are Stressful and Difficult When it Comes To Alcohol And Drug Abuse: Here Is Why

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Holidays Are Stressful and Difficult When it Comes To Alcohol And Drug Abuse: Here Is Why.  Holidays are not invariably cheerful and encouraging and, inconveniently, possibly particular circumstances for those with alcohol and drug abuse disorder. This year, the most challenging for many in recent time, even individuals without identified problems with substance abuse may stumble. While vacations are a basis…

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My Story as a Single Mom

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My Story as a Single Mom As a traditional Mexican woman, I never thought divorce was going to be part of my story. The last few years have been a challenging transition period for me, my son, and my now ex-husband.  After many months of dealing with the stress of divorce and handling it to the best of my ability,…

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