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Watching Kids Watch You

Kids watch adults. If you’re a parent, they’re watching you. If you’re a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or older sibling, they’re watching you. We teach our kids by example, whether we’re attending church, dealing with finances, or interacting with each other. We understand our attitudes towards courtesy, politics, and racism have deep influences on our children. …

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Jim McGreevey’s “Fall to Grace”: Rehab vs. Imprisonment

In 2004, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey announced he was a gay American engaged in an extramarital affair and submitted his resignation. McGreevey’s governorship had been controversial, dogged by charges of political fundraising extortion. His appointment of Golan Cipel to the position of homeland security advisor was met with criticism that Cipel was unqualified for …

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When a Loved One Needs Emergency Drug Treatment

Alcohol and drug abuse are dangerous behaviors, capable of causing serious and life-threatening complications. You may reach a point when trying to convince your loved one to seek help is no longer enough, and you have to arrange emergency drug rehab despite objections and resistance.Signs of Substance AbuseYou may be unsure whether or not your …

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You Deserve Discretion and Privacy During Recovery

Privacy and discretion are important considerations when entering drug or alcohol rehab. Substance abuse, while a recognized mental disorder, still carries a social stigma. You don’t want the world to know about your personal struggles, and you have a right to privacy. At The Ranch PA, your health history, current addiction and treatment stay completely …

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Billie Joe Armstrong Reveals Substance Abuse

Sometimes dramatic events convince people they need help. For Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, that event was a public meltdown on stage at the September 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Believing the band’s act was cut short, Armstrong exploded into an expletive-filled rant, smashed his guitar, and stormed offstage. The moment convinced Armstrong …

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Country Singer Mindy McCready Found Dead After Long History with Addiction

On February 17, 2013, country singer Mindy McCready was found dead on her front porch, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. For years, McCready struggled with mental illness and addiction before her tragic end. Her death is a stark reminder that recovering addicts often need continued support for successful recovery. McCready, Fame and …

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Legalizing Marijuana: The State vs Federal Pot Legislation Conundrum – Infographic

The Marijuana ProblemMarijuana: Is it a nearly harmless and possibly beneficial drug that can offer cash-strapped states a much-needed tax revenue boost that can fund schools, hospitals, and other important public programs? Or is it just the first well-intentioned step toward serious health problems, a steep rise in accidents and crime, and a downward spiral …

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Teens with ADHD are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

A study published in the February, 2013 edition of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports what many substance abuse therapists and parents suspected — children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to abuse marijuana and cigarettes, and they are more likely to require the services of drug and rehab …

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How Yoga can Play an Important Role in Inpatient Substance Abuse Programs

Yoga has become a staple in holistic substance abuse programs — and with good reason. A combination of slow, conscious movements and relaxed breathing, yoga provides you with physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Actor Colin Farrell credits his successful recovery from substance abuse, in part, to yoga. Yoga and Body Chemistry Many addictive substances cause …

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How Neurofeedback is Used in Substance Abuse Rehab

Neurofeedback trains people to alter their brainwave patterns. This therapy developed from biofeedback, which trains people to control normally autonomic body functions. Biofeedback has taught people to slow their heart rates and lower blood pressure. Neurofeedback takes a similar approach, changing abnormal brainwave activity associated with addiction. Brainwaves and Substance Abuse To understand neurofeedback, you …

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