Reducing Substance Use by Reducing DepressionPeople who have problems with substance misuse often have other mental health challenges. Depression is a commonly co-occurring psychological condition among individuals with substance use problems. Although it has yet to be determined if substance use precedes depressive reoccurrence or depressive symptoms precede substance relapse, it is well known that these co-occurring conditions (COD) are more treatment resistant and result in poorer outcomes than having one condition alone. Research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective approach for reducing depressive symptoms. Therefore, Sarah B. Hunter of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, theorized that addressing depressive symptoms as part of a substance use treatment plan could minimize negative moods, which would reduce the need for negative coping strategies such as substance use.

Hunter and her colleagues administered 16 sessions of group cognitive behavioral therapy for depression (GCBT-D) to 140 individuals being treated at an inpatient facility for

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Mindful stress management…

Raydiance Reiki

Stressed, anxious or blue? For a simple no-pressure way to uplift yourself, try mindful walking.  If you do it right, it leaves little room for stressful thoughts – in fact it’s meditation in motion.

Walking is a brilliant mood booster.  A good walk can out the world in perspective and soothe your frayed nerves.  If you really want to feel alive, go for a walk in the wind or rain – there’s plenty of opportunity for that right now! Forget slogging through uninspiring walks.  There’s no need to rush – the aim is walk as mindfully as you can.

Where do we start?

In the next week, take at least one 15-30 minute walk. You don’t have to go anywhere special; a walk around your local neighbourhood taken with an open frame of mind can be just as interesting as a hike through the mountains.

Be aware of all your…

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How to achieve work/life balance…

By Rebecca J. Richardson and Maia Sciupac

At work, we’re gearing up for a conference. The pervading atmosphere is one of chaos as we race to meet deadlines and complete all the tasks required to make the event run smoothly. I want to be one of those people that can be cool, calm and collected when everyone around you is losing their heads.

But how can I be, when I am overworked, overloaded and overwhelmed?

Living a Balanced Life

In my years working, I have operated under the assumption this equation was correct:

I always thought that if you’re really working hard, then people should be able to see it. Those bags under my eyes? It  demonstrates I really was up until 3am editing the conference material we need printed.  The poor, sallow looking skin with break outs? I don’t have time to make sure I am eating well. I only…

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Seven Hugs A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Hug medicine…

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“Be a love pharmacist: dispense hugs like medicine – they are!” Terri Guillemets

When you are happy or sad, hug can show how you feel. Hug is the way to keep close and especially show affection with embrace.

Most of the people say “An apple a day will keep the doctor away!” but nowadays it has been proved that a hug in a day will keep us alive and well too.

A Hug Is A Miracle Drug

Hugging is a way of fulfilling the profound physical and emotional need for touch in human beings. Hugging is either pleasant or very healthy as reduce stress levels, blood pressure and also improves mood.

Supreme scientists said, at least one hug a day to survive with the stresses of modern life. Daily hugs from hubby are related to higher oxytocin in women, which helps to lower blood pressure and helps the body’s immune…

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Sleep advice from an ND…

Dr. Laurell Matthews, ND

My blog last week was about the connection between sleep deprivation and blood sugar issues. My goal was to encourage people to sleep more to help improve their overall health, but some people know they need more sleep but are struggling with insomnia. There are two different patterns of insomnia. Some people have trouble falling asleep. For others, the issue is staying asleep. Today I am focusing on this second type of insomnia known as sleep fragmentation. As I mentioned in my blog last week, insufficient sleep can lead to elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, but sleep fragmentation can in turn be due to increased levels of cortisol. Stress can increase cortisol levels and shift peak cortisol production to later in the day, which may interfere with sleep. Our cortisol level is supposed to decline throughout the day so it doesn’t keep us awake at night…

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