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How to Strengthen Your Immune System in Winter

How to Strengthen Your Immune System in Winter

The cold is most common during the winter. According to Irish Health, the cold infects our upper airways and most people will catch the cold two or four times a year. Here are some ideas to how to strengthen your immune system during these cold months. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Because 80% of our immune system is in our digestive system, it is important to eat foods that have nutrients like Vitamins A, C, D,  and E as well as minerals like selenium, zinc, and omega 3s. You should also eat whole foods like animal…

What You Did Not Know About Alcoholism

What You Did Not Know About Alcoholism

Alcoholism Facts Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease. In Ireland and all throughout Europe, there is an ongoing problem of alcoholism. One of the best ways to be armed against alcoholism in yourself or another is through information. There are three stages of alcoholism. The first stage is drinking socially to help you feel relaxed. The second stage is thinking of drinking all the time in a way where it interferes with work, school, and your relationships. The third stage is physical dependency when experiencing withdrawal symptoms for days or weeks. See functional alcoholism. Ethyl is the…

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an artistic form of therapy that uses music to improve and keep your psychological, physical, and social well-being. There are many ways to incorporate music into therapy such as singing, listening to music, or playing a musical instrument. This mode of therapy is used in rehabs, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, schools, and hospices. Music therapy helps give patients a voice that they had been unable to express. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Music therapy started before and after World War I and II in which musical groups would play for hospitalized veterans….

What You Are Responsible For in Recovery

What You Are Responsible For in Recovery

Taking responsibility is being accountable for your actions legally, morally, and mentally. When active addicts are confronted about their addiction, they can be known to make up a string of excuses for why they cannot stop instead of taking responsibilities for the negative consequences that come. Taking responsibility means that you are capable of making choices and that you will be held accountable for them whether they are good or bad actions. Bad things cna and do happen when your life is being controlled by addiction. Without knowledge that the power is in their hands, those who are struggling through…

How to Stop Worrying

How to Stop Worrying

Life can cause you to worry about the things you can and cannot control. Worrying may be a driving force in causing you to take action and solve problems but constant worrying is not good for your mental health when you focus too much on the what-ifs and worst case scenarios. Here are strategies to stop yourself from worrying in order to prevent your emotional energy being sucked away and interfering with your daily life. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling It is hard to stop worrying because you believe that worrying will help you avoid bad…

Different Types of Bipolar Disorders

Different Types of Bipolar Disorders

When the media discusses bipolar disorder, they typically only mention “bipolar disorder”, not realizing that there are other forms of bipolar. Treatment for mental health needs to be individualized and specific. By understanding what type of bipolar disorder you might be living with, you can be better prepared to work with your team of specialists in creating a treatment plan for your mental health care. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Bipolar I Disorder: A manic-depressive disorder of having at least one manic episode of abnormally raised mood and high energy. According to Mental Health Ireland, one…

Healthy vs. Toxic Guilt

Healthy vs. Toxic Guilt

Guilt is feeling bad that something happened to someone. There can be guilt that is rational such as hurting someone’s feelings and seeing that person cry and there is irrational guilt where you can feel bad for someone else feeling bad about something that was not your fault. It is important to get rid of your unhealthy guilt to prevent these thoughts from keeping you up at night and to learn that you cannot control the uncontrollable. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Healthy guilt occurs when you have done something wrong like when you cause harm…

How Alcohol Affects the Kidneys

How Alcohol Affects the Kidneys

Just like the liver, the kidneys are considered an underappreciated organ. The kidneys filter blood to remove toxins and wastes in the body as well as activate Vitamin D and regulate the volume and concentration of the body’s fluids. Kidneys help keep your blood pressure balanced as well as blood minerals like potassium, sodium and phosphorus. Kidneys also release a hormone that directs the production of red blood cells. Because of all of the good things that kidneys can do to the body, it is important to protect them from the damages caused by alcohol to prevent kidney disease. The…

Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

Hoarding and Substance Abuse

Collectors like to collect specific things in a variety of different shapes and styles such as bottle caps, paintings, baseball cards, posters, and much more. Hoarders collect unneeded items in fear of throwing anything away. When mixed with substance abuse, this bad combination needs to be treated before you lose control over not just your house but your life. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3%-5% of the population hoards. The most common items are newspapers, clothing, packing materials, magazines, books, and animals. Majority of the time, hoarders just have…

How Does an Addict Think?

How Does an Addict Think?

People can look at addicts and not understand why they do what they do when they are aware of the harmful consequences. It is easy to judge instead of taking the time to understand what an addict must have been thinking as they using. In order to better sympathize with addicts, it is important to see where they are coming from in their addiction in order to better help them. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling People can do drugs and alcohol because of peer pressure as they see friends and family drinking alcohol or doing drugs…