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What to Do When You’re Married to a High Functioning Alcoholic

This entry was posted in Alcoholism on February 26, 2019 and modified on April 29, 2019

Alcoholism can destroy relationships. But spouses of high-functioning alcoholics have a particular challenge because their mates often function enough to make it seem like they don’t have a problem. They may deny your concerns about their drinking habits by defending what they are doing right: “Well, I pay the bills” or “I work hard, I deserve to unwind.”

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Differences Between Depression in Men and Women

This entry was posted in Mental Health on August 27, 2018 and modified on April 29, 2019

Multiple studies conducted since the 1990s indicate women experience up to twice the rate of depression as men. Some experts have theorized women have higher depression rates because they are more likely to report subclinical symptoms, and assessments and depression scores do not differentiate between clinical and subclinical depression.

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Alcoholism and Genetics: Is Addiction Hereditary?

This entry was posted in Alcoholism on August 20, 2018 and modified on April 29, 2019

To understand the genetics behind alcoholism, it helps to have a basic understanding of the difference between the terms used in research. The terms genetic and hereditary are often used interchangeably; however, this is technically incorrect.

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Oxycodone and America’s Obsession With Painkillers

This entry was posted in Drug Addiction on July 30, 2018 and modified on April 29, 2019

America’s reliance and addiction to painkillers is not slowing down, despite ongoing federal, state and local efforts. OxyContin (extended release oxycodone) is partially to blame for the opioid epidemic that has gripped the nation the last decade or so – a crisis that has escalated dramatically over the last few years.

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Men and Grief: The Importance of Mourning Loss

This entry was posted in Mental Health on July 2, 2018 and modified on February 21, 2019

By James Snow, LMHC, CAP, Clinical Director of Lucida

There was serious friction between me and my dad while growing up because I was the rebellious one in the family. But in the last five years of his life, we forged a new bond. When he retired, he agreed to move from Pennsylvania to Florida, to be closer to me. We planned to do the father and son stuff we’d missed during my younger years―sailing, snorkeling and just spending time together.

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