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  • Final Fall Back for Daylight Saving

    Final Fall Back for Daylight Saving

    While the biannual chore of changing the clocks has never been easier thanks to the digital age and automatic updates, daylight saving time continues to be a practice very few favor. In fact, the tradition is so unpopular that a 2019 poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research revealed that only 28% of Americans preferred the switching back and forth between standard and daylight saving time.

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  • Is Mental Healthcare Becoming more Affordable?

    Is Mental Healthcare Becoming more Affordable?

    How can you find affordable mental healthcare? According to a 2021 survey by McKinsey & Company, one in four people with a mental health condition reported that they did not believe mental healthcare was affordable for them. But is that really true? And is mental healthcare even worth the investment?

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  • New 988 Suicide Hotline Offers Shortcut in Crisis

    New 988 Suicide Hotline Offers Shortcut in Crisis

    On July 16, 2022, the new 988 suicide hotline marked its debut. Instead of having to call the former 10-digit number, those struggling with thoughts of suicide, or calling on behalf of a suicidal person, can simply call 988 to be connected to a counselor. (The 10-digit line still works, too.) As reported by The New York Times, counselors are trained to provide guidance to those having trouble with substance abuse, mental health conditions, and suicidal ideation. Anyone who calls will benefit from the same kind of confidentiality they would receive at a doctor’s office.

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  • The Importance of a Sponsor in Recovery

    The Importance of a Sponsor in Recovery

    We’ve all probably heard someone being called a “sponsor” when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction recovery, but what exactly is a sponsor in recovery, and how can he or she help? By taking a closer look, we can learn just how important, if not essential, a sponsor can be in you or your loved one’s journey to wellness.

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  • Overdose Awareness: What You Need to Know

    Overdose Awareness: What You Need to Know

    Drug overdose deaths have reached an unprecedented high in the US, with an estimated 107,622 drug overdose deaths occurring between April 2020 and April 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a 30% increase from the previous year, an alarming fact that has many contributing causes. Recognized on August 31 every year, Overdose Awareness Day is designed to draw attention to this ongoing tragedy and inspire action to prevent more deaths.

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  • Alcohol & Co-Occurring Disorders

    Alcohol & Co-Occurring Disorders

    When someone struggles with alcohol addiction, it is almost always inextricably connected to another battle: a battle for the mind. Often referred to as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis, alcoholism and co-occurring disorders are in at least 50% of cases, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), like two sides of the same coin Why are co-occurring disorders so common? Simply put: Physical health and mental health are intricately connected. Chemical imbalances, which occur when the body and brain become alcohol dependent or addicted, exacerbate mood swings, anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. The pervasive nature of these conditions can often lead you to self-medicate.

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