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EDUCATION

Understanding the Problem

  • Topic 1: Looking for More in Life: Recognizing the Need for Change
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    Topic 1: Looking for More in Life: Recognizing the Need for Change

    Feelings of disappointment, dissatisfaction, and emptiness are not pleasant, but invite us to look for new sources and experiences of hope and growth. Whether it’s simply feeling down, or a challenge with addiction or another mental health issue, awareness is…

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  • Topic 2: Overcoming Shame and Getting Unstuck
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    Topic 2: Overcoming Shame and Getting Unstuck

    Getting unstuck and moving forward involves recognizing that there's no shame in seeking help or looking for more in life. We can find ourselves feeling "stuck" because of either tragic, negative experiences or in the midst of situations or conditions…

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  • Topic 3: How Addiction Affects the Brain
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    Topic 3: How Addiction Affects the Brain

    Addiction becomes a medical condition that affects the brain. Neuroscience demonstrates how our brains can be profoundly affected by repeated behaviors and mental health challenges. Our backgrounds, childhood, genetics, and other factors affect us. Severe substance use disorders -- addictions…

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  • Topic 4: Navigating Diagnosis and Defining the Problem
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    Topic 4: Navigating Diagnosis and Defining the Problem

    Understanding what may be wrong is important for addressing a problem. Talking with a trained medical professional such as a doctor or therapist can be helpful in bringing clarity, particularly if substances are involved. However, don't let the specifics of…

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  • Topic 5: Why Getting Help Soon Matters
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    Topic 5: Why Getting Help Soon Matters

    Whatever our challenge, getting help sooner matters. Starting our growth or recovery process now moves us closer to greater connection, health, and hope. Addressing addiction and mental health challenges earlier can prevent more severe symptoms and consequences. Continuing in our…

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