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  • Breathalyzers: There’s an App For That

    Posted on: 07-15-2016 Category: Relationships, Self Help, Substance Abuse
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    In his 25 years of practice, clinical psychologist Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D., says – hands-down – one of the most hot-bed, but least-discussed causes of relationship conflict is drinking. For loved ones and friends sick of slipping into those dramatic “diagnostic standoffs” as Nowinski puts it, there’s now a mobile app to confirm who’s really drunk. The…

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  • Fatal overdoses in Orange County reach 10-year high

    Posted on: 07-14-2016 Category: Substance Abuse
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    Fatal overdoses in Orange County

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes drug poisoning statistics annually for states and counties. In 2002, Orange County, California, averaged six drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 inhabitants; in 2014, the number doubled. Orange County’s fatal overdose rate pales in comparison to Kern, Mariposa, Tuolumne, Stanislaus and a smattering of Northern California counties…

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  • The importance of friendships: ‘I get by with a little help with my friends’

    Posted on: 07-13-2016 Category: Mental Health, Recovery, Relationships
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    importance of friendships

    Having meaningful, positive friendships throughout life is a vital aspect of overall health and well-being. Researchers have not only found support for greater happiness and life satisfaction among people who have close relationships, but people who have friends are more likely to live longer and be more resilient to stress. Friendships have multiple benefits on…

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  • Late-life depression is a risk factor for dementia

    Posted on: 07-12-2016 Category: Cognition, Depression rehab, Mental Health
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    Late-life depression

    Like any chronic disease, depression doesn’t discriminate. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), it affects nearly 15 million adults in the United States every year. Although the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median age of depression’s onset is 32, the disease can strike at any time. Unlike most chronic diseases, depression…

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  • Editing human genes could help combat disease

    Posted on: 07-11-2016 Category: Advocacy, Medicine, Research
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    Gene variations, or slight differences in a person’s genetic makeup, are responsible for all traits and characteristics that make individuals unique (e.g., hair or eye color, height, etc.). At the same time, some variations in genes increase a person’s vulnerability for developing certain types of mental illnesses, including depressive disorders, attention problems and schizophrenia. In…

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  • Meow Meow – The new designer drug is more dangerous than it sounds

    Posted on: 07-08-2016 Category: Substance Abuse
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    Last August, an Australian man went on a drug-induced crime spree. He swerved his bike in front of a motorist, causing her car to crash. He pulled the driver from her car and sped off in it, sideswiping multiple vehicles until he crashed into a utility pole, knocking out power to over 600 homes. For…

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  • Addiction and accountability: Why it’s vital to take responsibility

    Posted on: 07-07-2016 Category: Addiction, Recovery
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    vital to take responsibility

    “It’s not my fault — it’s a disease.” “My family has a history of addiction, so it makes sense that I’m an addict, too.” “My parents drove me to drink.” “My significant other drove me to drink.” “My mental health drove me to drink.” “If things at work weren’t so stressful, I wouldn’t need to…

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  • The psychology behind dangerous drivers

    Posted on: 07-06-2016 Category: Psychiatry, Research, Treatment
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    psychology behind dangerous drivers

    Driving is dangerous. In 2014, a total of 29,989 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. resulted in 32,675 deaths. Many of those who contributed to these fatal crashes were repeat offenders, or individuals who regularly drove while drunk, drove over the speed limit or otherwise engaged in other reckless behaviors while driving. “Surprisingly, these…

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  • It’s National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

    Posted on: 07-04-2016 Category: Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    This July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month. Treatment specialists, support organizations, advocacy groups, parents and affected individuals are joining together to promote awareness and understanding of cleft and craniofacial conditions. Although Sovereign Health does not treat cleft and craniofacial conditions, we recognize the strong impact these disorders may have on some…

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  • Learning from how Vietnam War veterans kicked their addiction

    Posted on: 06-30-2016 Category: Rehabilitation, Substance Abuse, Treatment
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    Vietnam War veterans kicked their addiction

    “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” – Aldous Huxley The military and President Nixon’s White House had a problem in 1971. The contested U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was coming to a close, and the administration wanted to…

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