Limiting Media Usage Can Provide Multiple Benefits

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Adolescents and young adults spend more time in front of computer monitors, playing games and watching television than engaging in many other activities. While many use technology as a means to connect with friends, complete work and entertain, too much time spent in front of a computer or television can cause a number of adverse effects to develop. Researchers from Iowa State University have examined the health benefits associated with decreased use of the computer and television, finding that many adolescents sleep better, perform better in school and exhibit better Continue Reading »

Social Connections Can Help in Reducing Depression

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Building community is a major component of treatment at Sober College. Sober College’s therapies encourage the building and strengthening of supportive networks throughout the treatment process. Even in completing treatment, Sober College enforces the power of community through aftercare services and our alumni program. Strong, supportive relationships play a vital role in treatment of addiction and lower the risk of relapse. New research supports Sober College’s practices in revealing that belonging to a social group can alleviate symptoms of depression and prevent relapse of mental health disorders.  In the paper Continue Reading »

Gambling and Risky Sex Related?

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Adolescence is often an age of exploration, expanding boundaries and discovery, but sometimes adverse consequences may develop as a side effect of high-risk behaviors. Recent research has been conducted on the relationship between certain high-risk behaviors and found a possible correlation between gambling and sexual behaviors. The study found that half (50%) of adolescents surveyed had gambled before the age of 18 and 89% were already sexually active by this age.  Further investigation into the findings of this study revealed that earlier onset of gambling behaviors led to an increased Continue Reading »

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Overdose Sparks Heroin Addiction Conversation

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The recent and shocking death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has sparked a series of conversations surrounding the circumstances of his death. Hoffman has publicly struggled with addiction for many years and recently shared that he experienced relapse with prescription pills and heroin last year. While there is an ongoing investigation around the circumstances of Hoffman’s passing, the conversation of addiction and relapse has caused many to discuss options available to those who struggle with recovery.  Heroin addiction is incredibly dangerous in how it is manufactured and how it is Continue Reading »

Quitting Smoking Improves Mental Health

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Quitting smoking is beneficial not only for physical health, but also for mental health according to a new study from Washington University. The study provides significant insight into the treatment of mental health disorders and substance addictions. In many cases, clinicians may allow patients to “self-medicate” with cigarettes while receiving treatment for depression, anxiety or substance abuse issues because of the assumption that quitting smoking can interfere with other treatments. The results of this study, however, indicate that reducing usage or quitting smoking can actually lower the risk of mood Continue Reading »

The Known & Unknown Dangers of E-Cigarettes

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E-cigarettes have been manufactured and marketed as alternative to cigarette smoking, providing a similar experience without the harmful chemicals. While the introduction of the e-cigarette has caused a decline in cigarette sales and usage, e-cigarette usage has doubled in adolescents. Concern has developed around these statistics as many view e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative; however, a lack of FDA regulation can lead to harmful consequences.  Recent exploration into e-cigarettes has found evidence that e-cigarettes can be just as harmful, if not worse, than traditional cigarettes. Without FDA regulation, some devices Continue Reading »

Sleep Duration Linked to Depression

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Depression is a mood disorder that affects nearly 1 in 10 adults in the United States. The presence of mood disorders can often heighten the risk of substance abuse as a means of self-medication. Depression and anxiety disorders are often the most commonly occurring mood disorders that occur in young adults struggling with substance abuse. Depression and other mood disorders can develop from a number of influences such as genetic predisposition and environmental factors; however, new research has found sleep duration and influence the development of depression as well.  Healthy Continue Reading »

Energy Drinks Mixed With Alcohol Pose Threat

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Mixing energy drinks with alcohol has gained in popularity, but recent studies show that the mixture can cause more harm than drinking alcohol alone. The study, published in the current issue of Journal of Adolescent Health, revealed that college students who mixed energy drinks with alcohol tended to drink more heavily and become more intoxicated. The mixture increases the likelihood of blackouts and alcohol poisoning.  The findings of this study indicate that this combination can lead to heavier drinking and more serious alcohol-related problems. Caffeine and alcohol can also create Continue Reading »

Heavy Drinking & PTSD in College

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College is a time of major change in many young adults’ lives. For many, it comes with newfound independence, new friends and new experiences. For many, heavy drinking becomes a part of this new lifestyle and it can be common on many college campuses. Heavy drinking, however, brings increased risk of sexual assault, violence and injury. Exposure to these types of trauma increase the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alcohol consumption can worsen symptoms of PTSD, and in turn, PTSD can worsen symptoms of alcohol abuse.  The transition into Continue Reading »

Meditation as a Successful Experiential Therapy

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Many young adults who struggle with addiction also struggle with co-occurring mental disorders. They often fuel one another and can enhance the negative side effects of both. In treating substance addiction, it is crucial to treat mental health disorders concurrently. Treating co-occurring disorders as a single entity helps prevent relapse and allows young adults to live happy, sober lives. Often, young adults benefit from finding healthy outlets for negative emotions that may encourage substance abuse.  Meditation may provide relief from symptoms of some mental health disorders, such as anxiety disorders and Continue Reading »