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  • Addiction and Mental Health by the Numbers

    Addiction and Mental Health by the Numbers

    If there has been one benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the increased awareness given to mental health and addiction issues in the United States and around the world. In fact, a survey by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in 2022 found that 9 in 10 Americans believe there is a mental health crisis in the US. Unfortunately, this increased awareness has only come as the pandemic exacerbated an already ongoing and worsening mental health crisis in our country.

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  • Xylazine (aka Tranq Dope): What You Need to Know

    Xylazine (aka Tranq Dope): What You Need to Know

    What is xylazine? It’s a new drug being mixed with fentanyl that has very dangerous side effects. It’s often called “tranq dope” or “zombie drug” because it’s a non-opioid sedative. Because it’s not a narcotic, its effects can’t be reversed with a dose of naloxone (Narcan), meaning that overdoses can easily end up being fatal. Beyond that, it causes the death of soft tissue, leading to gruesome, blackened wounds that can warrant amputation.

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  • PHP or IOP—What’s the Difference?

    PHP or IOP—What’s the Difference?

    Addiction treatment and recovery involve a lot of terms, definitions, and acronyms that are not always intuitive at first. But knowing these terms is important to getting the right care. Learning the difference between IOP versus PHP, versus inpatient care, can help you or a loved one start your recovery journey now and keep it going long into the future.

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  • How Much News Is Too Much?

    How Much News Is Too Much?

    The last two decades have seen explosive growth of broadcast and digital media platforms, making the news infinitely more accessible. According to TIME, one in 10 adults checks the news every hour, and 20% of Americans report “constantly” monitoring their social media accounts, which can also serve as sources of news information. Is it possible that constant exposure to information about wars, riots, shootings, natural disasters, catastrophes, and other devastating world events can take a toll on us mentally? Is the daily barrage of negative news healthy for our overall well-being? And, if not, exactly how much news is too much?

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  • Is Rioting Rooted in Trauma?

    Is Rioting Rooted in Trauma?

    What turns a protest into a riot? Studies on the psychology of crowd behavior have revealed a number of important factors that cause demonstrations to become violent. According to a report published by the American Psychological Association (APA), violent acts can at times be related to psychological disorders, but many people with mental health issues don’t become violent. Are riots and mental health actually connected? Is there a realistic link between riots and trauma?

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  • Colorado by the Numbers

    Colorado by the Numbers

    When you think of Colorado, it’s understandable if images of the Rocky Mountains, ski resorts, and national parks come to mind. The 38th state in the Union, also known as the Centennial State, is noted for a wide range of landscapes that include not just mountains but forests, canyons, mesas, and deserts. While cities like Aspen and Vail are popular winter playgrounds for the rich and famous, outdoor activities abound all across the state in both summer and winter. Then there’s Denver, aka “the mile-high city,” which is the state capital and Colorado’s most populous city.

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