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Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 6: Drugs turn a person into an addict, then the addict turns everything else into a drug

Drugs turn a person into an addict, then the addict turns everything else into a drug If you are addicted, even if you stop using the substance that changed you, you will look for other things (other substances, sex, shopping, … Continue reading

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The Shrink’s Links: Nadia Bolz Weber

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. Nadia Bolz Weber is a foul-mouthed, tattooed, former comic, turned preacher. Read about why she calls her depression Francis. Click here to go to the site.

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Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 5: Addiction Takes Hostages

Addiction Takes Hostages The further people go into addiction, the more their lives center around it. They discard all forms of recreation in favor of activities that include substance use. All of their friends become using friends. Non-using friends drift … Continue reading

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Some Things You may Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part IV: The Six Forms of Denial

There are six ways to engage in denial. Denial of fact It never happened. “I didn’t eat the cookies, Momma.” Denial of responsibility It was someone else’s fault. “Jimmy made me eat the cookies,” or, “You shouldn’t have put the … Continue reading

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The Shrink’s Links: Minimalism

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. Less is more. Less clutter, fewer time commitments, negative thought patterns and toxic relationships equals more time, space and energy for things that really matter to you. Do I really need … Continue reading

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The Shrink’s Links: Gratitude

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. It’s official. Scientifically proven. Gratitude can make you happier. Click here to go to the site.

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The Shrink’s Links: Mindfulness Apps

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. You don’t need an app to be mindful. As a matter of fact, getting rid of that phone and the laptop and the computer for a day, or even an hour, … Continue reading

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Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part I

It’s not how much you use, it’s what happens when you use. Grandma doesn’t drink much. She only has a glass of champagne every New Year’s Eve, as a matter of fact. But, boy, oh, boy, you should see what … Continue reading

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Take out the Garbage

I once facilitated a group for people recovering from severe mental illnesses. We met once a week and they talked about how things were going for them. They tried to support each other. One day a man came in and … Continue reading

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What Color are Your Glasses?

You know what rose colored glasses are, right? People who are said to be wearing rose colored glasses are said to be seeing the world as only pleasant and happy. We scoff at people wearing rose colored glasses. They are … Continue reading

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How to Live Up to Your Potential

Let me introduce you to another object in my office: the jade plant. This plant, I think you will agree, is a beautiful specimen; as good as a jade plant can be. It is lush and green and healthy. It … Continue reading

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The Shrink’s Links: After Virtue

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. If you’re interested in living a good life, you first need to know what the good life is. To figure this out, try studying philosophy. There’s no better person to do … Continue reading

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