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Holiday Gatherings and Relapse Prevention

What is the Connection Between Holiday Stress and Addiction? Each year, the holiday season brings friends and family members together to celebrate each other’s company. However, holidays can be an equally stressful time, where more family time can be emotional and those without close family/friends may feel increased loneliness, isolation, and depression. Many people find…
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Suicide and the Holidays

With some of the more celebrated holidays right around the corner, safety and suicide awareness become more prevalent in our everyday conversations. But did you know that studies show no increase in suicide rates during the holidays? According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Sciences, suicides rates are at the lowest in December (CDC…
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Rethinking How We Talk About Addiction

People with substance use disorders and other mental health issues face greater stigma than those with other illnesses. As the head of the White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Michael Botticelli, and former Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard Koh, argued in JAMA Viewpoint last month, many of the addiction-related terms widely…
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Teens using e-cig devices not just for nicotine

A recent analysis of the 2015 Monitoring the Future (MTF) findings on e-cigarette use highlights uncertainty about what teens are actually inhaling when using “e-cig” devices, and at least six percent report they are using the vaporizers to inhale marijuana. The analysis was done by the University of Michigan researchers who conduct the annual MTF…
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Prevention Program Reduces Substance Use By Participants’ Friends

This study found: The Strengthening Families Program for Youth 10-14 (SFP10-14) reduced substance use among the friends of teens who participated in the intervention, as well as the participants themselves. The friends’ substance use reductions were mediated by altered attitudes toward substance use and reductions in unsupervised socializing with peers. In SFP10-14, families with children ages 10 to 14 meet…
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