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Long-Term Effects of GHB

GHB, or gamma-hydroxybutyrate, is a short-chained fatty acid metabolite of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It is a naturally occurring substance found in various mammalian tissues but is also produced as a pharmaceutical known as sodium oxybate (trade name Xyrem)—an FDA approved medication used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder. In this form, the […]

How to Love the Present Moment during the Holidays in Recovery

It is easy to get caught up in the holiday season. Nostalgia and the focus on beautiful family moments can trigger feelings of loneliness and regret if you are not able to be with your family this season. Many spend time thinking about the past – lamenting both the good times and the bad – […]

Can TV Ease Panic Attacks?

Panic attacks can seem to strike out of nowhere. Though they do sometimes occur in response to an acute stressful event, they can also come when you are finally at rest or experiencing no significant stress of any kind. However and whenever they occur, they can feel inescapable, and many people who are in recovery […]

Grief and Recovery: Staying Sober after the Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting

When shots rang out during the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas earlier this month, concertgoers and performers alike did not initially register the sound for what it was or realize what was happening. It took long minutes for people at the concert to realize what was happening and respond. In a brief period, […]

What Is Biofeedback Therapy?

According to Barr’s The Human Nervous System: An Anatomical Viewpoint, the nervous system is divided into two major sectors: the central nervous system that consists of the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system that consists of all the nerves outside the central nervous system. The central nervous system controls nearly every bodily […]