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Tips for a Successful Sober Road Trip

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By Wesley Gallagher Whether it’s summer vacation, fall or spring break, or you’re traveling for the holidays, there’s nothing like heading out into the great unknown. Road trips promise adventure just over the horizon. For many, the idea is exciting and enticing. However, for others, especially those in recovery, the idea of the unknown can produce anxiety. Fortunately, there are preparations you can take to ensure that any trip you take will be full of sober fun and excitement. Read on for tools you can bring along for the ride to make sure you feel comfortable and supported wherever your […]

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The Ripple Effect: Police Violence, Black Americans and Mental Health

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By Melissa Riddle Chalos Without question, exposure to violence produces a ripple effect that may have long-term negative consequences for victims. But what about entire communities exposed to systemic oppression and violence at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve? According to a 2018 study published in The Lancet that analyzed data from over 103,000 black adults, the medical journal found that in the days and months following police violence against unarmed African Americans, a significant spike in mental health distress among the population occurred.1 The conclusion was this: the perception and experience of systemic racism and the […]

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Damaging Long-term Effects of Hallucinogens

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When you take hallucinogens, they change how you experience reality. They immediately affect the prefrontal cortex. This is the area of the brain that controls conscious thinking, cognition, and perception. These effects are relatively short-term, although some trips can last twelve hours or more. You can experience psychosis, accidents, and injury during this time. If you keep taking hallucinogens, you continue to experience these risks and more. (more…)

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How LSD Affects Sleep

How LSD Affects Sleep

LSD can affect all areas of your life including your work, relationships and health. If you are using LSD, you may have noticed changes in your sleep patterns. Drug use changes when we sleep, how we sleep and the quality of the sleep we get. They impact both body and brain chemistry and lifestyle, and these in turn impact our habits, health and quality of life. LSD’s Effects on Sleep Any drug has the potential to disrupt your sleep schedule. They do this by keeping you awake or making you sleepy at odd times. They may impact the depth or […]

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Is There a Connection between Prostitution and Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Is There a Connection between Prostitution and Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Drug and alcohol addiction are linked to many crimes, for many reasons. One of these crimes is prostitution. There are several reasons drug use and prostitution are linked, and several ways in which this relationship is continually changing. Sex Work and Drug Use Not all sex workers use drugs, and not all people who use drugs turn to sex work to finance their habit. The two aren’t locked together, but they do often overlap. “Street prostitution and street drug markets are often closely linked, supporting and reinforcing one another,” reports The U.S. Department of Justice. “Many street prostitutes use illegal […]

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