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It’s no secret that quitting smoking is difficult.  While effective treatments (medications and counseling or other behavioral therapies known as smoking cessation treatments) can help smokers quit, cost can limit smokers’ use of these services. 

Hitting Rock Bottom refers to the notion that a person must hit their lowest point before having the motivation to change. It implies the person needs to experience firsthand the worst consequences of his actions before he will be motivated to get help and alter these behaviors.  

A New Free Guide to Navigate the Treatment System  

Spring break, that coveted week off from tests and papers that all students look forward to, has long been viewed as a time to put away the books and break out the beer, pills and pot. While taking time to relax is important, college student drinking and other drug use have serious consequences.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the medicines (for example Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta) doctors prescribe to treat it has been a hot topic in the news for months now. These medications can be extremely helpful for children and adolescents who have received a comprehensive assessment and accurate diagnosis of ADHD. However, misdiagnosis, over-prescribing, and diversion are significant risks.

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