Month: March 2015

The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of yoga? A super-enthusiast yogi tied into impossible physical knots? That is a common stereotype but it actually isn’t true. Yoga is a 5,000 year old practice meant to be the calming link between mind, body and breath. Sure, there are some difficult poses in yoga, but a good instructor will show the pose at all levels from beginner to pro. There is nothing to fear with yoga. It is gentle, slow and uses mindful movements that leave a person feeling less stressed, relaxed and stronger, both mentally and physically. Yoga: Practice for Life According to Anne Cushman of The Yoga Journal, there is an estimated 6 million Americans practicing yoga. Those who practice it regularly enjoy: improved flexibility a straighter posture long, lean, toned muscles It is not uncommon for a person to actually feel and appear taller after practicing yoga because of the additional space created between the spinal vertebrae as a result of the poses. All you need to start is the will to try. Yoga classes are often offered at the local YMCA, city community centers or professional yoga studios. It matters not where you start; the important thing is that you give it a try. Yoga offers many benefits, both mental and physical. Even those who don’t believe it to be “mystical”...

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Exhausted From Recovery? The Sleep You’re Missing May Be From Substance Abuse Addiction

Sleep disorders affect as many as 70 million adults in the United States, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, a lack of proper sleep is actually considered a public health epidemic. Substance addiction-induced sleep disorders are caused by abuse or addiction to prescription drugs, illegal narcotics, alcohol, or a combination of all three. An incredibly difficult aspect of this condition is the continued cycle of abuse. Some people start using drugs and alcohol in order to sleep. Still, others find that after using drugs or alcohol they no longer get the rest their bodies need. What are four main types of substance-induced sleep disorders?   1. Daytime Sleepiness is associated with feeling extremely tired during daytime hours, as well as sometimes sleeping for a very long time 2. Parasomnia occurs when a person experiences unusual behavior during sleep, such as sleep walking or eating while asleep 3. Insomnia is characterized by having difficulty falling asleep, or waking up continually throughout an evening and not getting the proper amount of sleep 4. Mixed Type Sleep Disorder is the presence of several of the above symptoms A disturbance in sleep can begin almost immediately after a person uses a medication, illegal drugs or alcohol. Because many people unwittingly associate sleep with these substances, they don’t realize this is only making the problem worse, and the...

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10 Celebrities You Never Knew Battled Addiction

The life of a celebrity seems like the ultimate high to outsiders, but the fast lifestyle, opportunities to party at every turn, high pressure to perform, and earn money for the studios takes its toll after a while, even for the most disciplined of personalities. It’s difficult enough for most people who battle the demons of addiction, but for celebs, there’s no place to hide or deal with recovery in private. It takes a lot of courage for those who come out publicly to announce they have a problem, and even more to follow through and set an example for the rest of us. Congratulations to the celebrities who battled addiction on this list for finding the strength and desire to get your life back. 1. Elizabeth Vargas Elizabeth Vargas is an ABC News anchor who entered a rehabilitation facility for alcohol addiction. She states that she hopes her going public gives others courage to seek help. “Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge a day at a time,” Vargas said. “If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.” 2. Melissa Gilbert Melissa Gilbert is sharing her story of addiction because she hopes she can save lives. Gilbert states that her addiction was a gradual process. She says that she was a partier until she had her first child....

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RSS Addiction News

  • Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs February 21, 2018
    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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