10 Subtle Clues Your Partner has Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder can be hard to identify. However, by looking at these subtle signs, you may be able to pinpoint if your partner, or someone close to you, is suffering from this mood disorder and needs help.

You may love your partner for their quirks, but as time goes by, you notice little things that make you start wondering. You see changes that get you concerned. You see patterns that seems off to you. Guess what–your partner may have bipolar disorder. Read More

Warning Signs of High-Functioning Depression

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What’s your idea of depression? Do you know that there are people who may have high-functioning depression and you don’t even notice it?

Depression comes in many forms. It’s just not people who can’t get our of bed or those who are crying all day. Depression can be that college-educated professional coming to work everyday, or your successful boss who has garnered accolades under her name. It could also be that barista you’re getting your daily coffee fix from, or that mom who seems to have it all together. Read More

Bridges of Hope Santa Rosa Celebrates 1st Anniversary

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Bridges of Hope (BH) recently celebrated the anniversary of its social responsibility initiative with the local government of Santa Rosa, Laguna: Dangal ng Pagbabago. The celebration was held last January 16 at the Dangal ng Pagbabago Rehabilitation Center in Brgy. Tagapo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Dangal ng Pagbabago is a community-based rehabilitation center for drug dependents and is the initiative of the local government led by Mayor Dan Fernandez. This is LGU’s answer to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs. With this, Mayor Fernandez and his team have chosen Bridges of Hope for its track record in addiction treatment.  Read More

Deep Dive: What Makes Heroin So Addictive?

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When people discuss addictive drugs, heroin seems to be at the very top of the list. It’s because people, and even experts, believe that heroin is so powerful and addictive that anyone who takes it is almost certain to develop dependence. In other words, taking heroin recreationally a few times can easily find a quick and deadly transition into addiction.

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7 Depression Warning Signs to Look out For in a Friend or Loved One

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You never know who has depression. So it’s best to be on the look out for these 7 depression warning signs that your friend or loved one may have.

Depression is not always obvious. It can masqueade as many different things and you may have no idea. The most cheerful person at work could be suffering it, as well as your friend whom you have always thought has it all in life.  Read More

Opiate Painkiller Addiction: Debunking 5 Opioid Myths

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Opiate painkillers are widely used and highly helpful in managing pain. However, there’s the risk of addiction. Case in point: the opioid addiction problem that is considered epidemic in Western countries, particularly in the United States. Here in the Philippines, there are many who take opiate painkillers, and some may become dependent or addicted to the drugs.

While shabu or meth remains as the number one drug of choice for many in the country, there’s no denying that there are those who are also addicted to opiate painkillers such as Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, and many more. And as such, there are also myths surrounding opiate painkiller addiction, which makes it hard for people struggling with it to get the help they need. Read More

Addiction: The Most Dangerous Side Effect of Opioid Painkillers

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There is an opioid epidemic in the United States, as many people are addicted to opioid painkillers. After all they are easy to get and readily prescribed. Here in the Philippines, not everyone has access to these opioid painkillers–but that doesn’t mean the threat isn’t there.

Let’s take a look at the most dangerous side effect of opioid painkillers and why you should be on a lookout if you see someone abusing this. Read More

Dangers of Opiate Pain Relievers: What You Need to Know

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Opiate pain relievers are widely used worldwide to treat a variety of conditions, usually those involving chronic pain. Opiates include substances such as morphine, heroin, and thebaine. Generally, they are highly addictive because they come from the same source–the opium poppy.

Opiates help manage pain. However, there’s a catch. Opiates are one of the most abused drugs in many countries, particularly the United States. While it’s not widely abused here in the Philippines, there are still those who manage to illegally obtain these pills for abuse.

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Addiction Problems in the LGBTQ Community

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While society has made great progress with regards to the advocacies of the LGBTQ community, it can’t be denied that substance abuse and addiction are also big problems for them. Drug addiction poses great risks and dangers for people in the LGBTQ community.

Let’s take a closer look. Read More

Your 2018 Addiction Recovery Checklist

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If you’ve made 2018 as your year of sobriety and recovery, then here is a helpful addiction recovery checklist that you can use.

The first year of recovery is one of the most difficult times for a recovering addict. The past and the addiction can still catch up to you and everyday can be a big struggle as you consciously battle against your cravings.

To help you out, especially as we roll into the new year, here’s an addiction recovery checklist that you can use. This addiction recovery checklist contains goals and challenges that you have to accomplish especially within the first year of your recovery. Read More