Willow Place April 18, 2019 No Comments

When Surroundings End up Enabling Addiction

We know that addiction affects the reward process of the brain. Basically, the reward process is a way for our brains to encourage our bodies to behave in a way that manages health and survival. It does so by releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that reacts to neurons in the brain that results in sensations of […]

Willow Place April 16, 2019 No Comments

Addiction and the Brain: Areas of the Brain Affected by Addiction

We know that addiction is a brain disease because of studies which show the effects addiction has on the brain. And, that the addicted person’s behaviors and thought patterns are also affected by these brain changes. But, which parts of the brain does addiction impact the most? And, can these changes to brain chemistry play […]

Willow Place April 11, 2019 No Comments

5 Signs that Your Healthy Eating Habits Could be Dangerous

Nutrition has a lot to do with maintaining good health. And, health is obviously important as we attempt to live our lives to the fullest and stay on this earth as long as possible. However, there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing”. Furthermore, healthy eating habits can often be more […]

Willow Place April 9, 2019 No Comments

Think a Friend is Struggling with an Eating Disorder? Here are 5 ways to Help

Unfortunately, many people who struggle with eating disorders don’t open up to friends and family about their eating struggles. Rather, they hide their behaviors in hopes to get away with self-harming behaviors without judgment. However, this avoidance doesn’t go unnoticed forever, and family and friends may start to recognize poor eating habits and start to […]

Willow Place April 5, 2019 No Comments

Is There a Connection Between Media and Eating Disorders?

The media has an undeniable impact on our lives. The media determines what we know and don’t know about news stories. It establishes the “norms” of society. The media even impacts the way people dress and behave. In many cases, people base their diet and exercise routines on what people in the media do. As […]

Willow Place March 29, 2019 No Comments

What to Do When a Close Friend Relapses on Drugs or Alcohol

It is unfortunate that many people who are going through the recovery process may experience an addiction relapse. If you are in recovery, then you probably know just how helpful it can be to have the support of friends who are on a similar journey. Most likely, you have established meaningful friendships at your treatment […]

Willow Place March 27, 2019 No Comments

Opium Effects on Your Body and Mind

For many years, people have been relying on opium effects to take the edge off and get high. However, you might be wondering what these effects are and what opium is in the first place. With the opioid epidemic continuing to ravage the face of our nation, it’s important to understand the effects of specific […]

Willow Place March 25, 2019 No Comments

The Top Five Eating Disorder Triggers to Watch For In Recovery

Similarly to recovery from substance abuse and dependence, those who are recovering from an eating disorder can have a number of triggers. These triggers can cause individuals to relapse and suffer from the effects of the disorder once again. If you are working to recover from an eating disorder, it is important for you to […]

Willow Place March 22, 2019 No Comments

Relapse Prevention Skills You Need to Have in Recovery

In recovery, staying sober is the most important task- the rest of your life depends on it. Relapse does happen, but you can help to prevent it by building up your relapse prevention skills. Having a plan in place to prevent a relapse can give you the upper hand so that you don’t succumb to […]

Willow Place March 20, 2019 No Comments

10 Facts About Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder amongst American adults, affecting millions of individuals nationwide. B.E.D. affects roughly 3.5% of the adult female population, 2% of adult males, and nearly 1.6% of adolescents. The DSM-5, which was released in 2013, finally characterized binge eating disorder as a diagnosable psychological disorder – rather than […]