Jan 13

NEWS FLASH! Help me welcome our Co-Founder for A.V.O.I.D.

 

I am so excited to introduce my friend and new co-founder with A.V.O.I.D. and contributor to drhutchblog, Karen Hall. Karen and I met while living in Virginia Beach through a mutual friend from the church we were all attending. Our first introduction meeting was an arrangement for several of us to get together to see how we could possibly do something in our community to help others. Our friend knew about A.V.O.I.D., however A.V.O.I.D., was not the reason we were meeting, but it was one that was on the table to discuss. Once Karen and her husband Ken began to share their journey through mental health and addiction issues (with family members) it really touched my heart. As I sat there and listened I wondered, God is this a divine appointment? After we all shared at the end of the meeting our friend, along with me, Bill, Karen and Ken all decided that A.V.O.I.D. may very well be what they were all looking for too. We had all experienced a combination of these two issues in some way or another and we all recognized the value each of us could bring. We met at our home several times and began to form the organization. However, we realized due to circumstances out of our control and the possibility that God was just not ready for us to move forward at that time we decided to put everything on hold.

Karen and I kept in touch over the past few years and just over the last few months reconnected on facebook. I noticed Karen talking about having her manuscript published and I shared with her a local friend, Shay Rockhold, who I knew could help her. This began our conversation about A.V.O.I.D. again, and she shared with me that it never left her heart and she was still very interested in becoming a part of our mission. She was ecstatic that I never gave up on A.V.O.I.D.; even though there were many times I questioned the calling to offer such a program. However looking back now, I knew back then God was equipping us; it all makes perfect sense at this time why the timing is right now and not then, everything has fallen right into place.

Karen has decided to become a part of A.V.O.I.D. and Bill and I welcome her with open arms. We know Karen is going to bring so much insight and there is no doubt that she is going to be a huge part of what we are doing. So please join me in welcoming our new co-founder, Karen Hall.

Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Karen’s first book will be coming out in a few days so keep your eyes open, you’re not going to want to miss it.

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Hello,

My name is Karen Hall. I am the author of the book “Fight From Within”, you will be able to order this book from Amazon.com or drhutchblog.com. The book is dedicated in the memory of my Mother, who passed away January 4, 2008. This is the year I started writing.

In my childhood I had two parents with schizophrenia. Depression and addiction were major issues in our household. I encourage you to order my book today. Everyone knows someone who has struggled in these areas or maybe that person.

My story reveals hope, healing, and salvation. The book outlines how to live a peaceful and happy life. The book instructs you how to grow a relationship with Jesus Christ. It reveals that there is a God that loves us.

I have been on both sides of the track. My book tells how God helped me through my struggles and how it can help you through your struggles.

We are all in this together. We can help each other.

Debbie and I have known each other several years and come from common background. We have a goal to serve and connect with you.

God Loves You and We Love You Too!

Karen B. Hall

Author of “Fight From Within”

 

 

Dec 06

A prescription for unseen scars!

deepest scars are those you cannot see

 

Life is not always easy, but when you are dealing with so much internally it’s even more difficult. You feel that you can’t share, because you may be judged or ridiculed in a way that makes you feel that what you are feeling is not worthy to be expressed. There are so many of our families, friends, co-workers, people sitting beside us in the pews, our military families, the kid next door; they are all carrying the weight of unseen scars. These scars that you do not see are no respecter of gender, age, race, religion or socioeconomic status. Sadly, there are often no calls for prayer, no casseroles being offered, nor is there even so much of a card of encouragement and/or HOPE being delivered through the mail. Often you find yourself alone and frustrated with life. Nowhere to turn, no one to call!

Emotional brokenness is one of most debilitating illnesses that one can experience, and sadly more often than none the absolute most isolating illness known to mankind. People say they care, but do they really? They say they will listen, but where is their attentive ear? My call to action for you today is to pick up the phone or pay someone a visit during this holiday season. You never know how much it will mean to them and it will enlighten your heart too. The good news is all of the rumors you hear about this time of the year, being the time for suicides. Well, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), statistics show this is not the case[1], but this does not mean that this time of the year isn’t difficult for some. The holidays seem to be the worse and it’s probably because of the extra stress and anxiety over things we don’t think we can control. So take the extra effort and show love and kindness to others this holiday season.

Dr. Mercola gives 5 tips for recovering from emotional pain:

  1. Let go of rejection.
  2. Avoid ruminating
  3. Turn failure into something positive
  4. Make sure guilt remains a useful emotion
  5. Use self-affirmations if you have low self-esteem[2]

A few tips I can add is to:

  1. Start your day with prayer and thanksgiving.
  2. Have a plan and stick to it!
  3. Be mindful of your own needs.
  4. Volunteer – this always lifts your spirit. It makes me heart SMILE:)
  5. Keep a journal of gratitude and write down at least 5 things you are grateful for everyday.
  6. Don’t exert yourself and keep within your limits.
  7. Take deep breaths as often as needed ~ RELAX!

Prescription for depression, fear,  anger and lack:

  1. “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3,niv)
  2. Encourage yourself: “ why are you downcast O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”(Ps 42:5).
  3. “Be still and know that I am GOD!” (Ps 46:10).
  4. And remember to stay within your budget! “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”(Luke 12:15).

 

Share the LOVE and HOPE of Christ and have a Very Merry Christmas!

 

P.S. If you are in need of help please visit us at our non-profits FB page:

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[1] Holiday Suicides: Fact or Myth|Suicide|Violence Prevention|Injury Center|CDC Accessed December 6, 2014.

[2] http://articles.mercola.com/Themes/Blogs/mercolaArticle/RegistrationPopUp.aspx?ParentURL=http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/15/emotional-pain-recovery-tips.aspx Accessed December 6, 2014.

Nov 23

Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos!

PEACE

Stress! Stress! Stress! Lets face it the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year, but the good thing is – it does not have to be. Learning how to cope with stress in a positive manner can make all of the difference in truly having a JOYUS season!!!

There are different levels of stress, therefore an important option you can do for yourself is to think about at what level your stress has to get before you know you have to let go and let God. The truth of the matter is we really do not have complete control over what happens to us, but we do have control over how we respond to what happens in our life.  Therefore, finding ways to cope is essential in creating balance and finding peace in the midst of chaos.

The perfect solution to a stress free life is to first take a look at what may be creating an imbalance in your Spirit Soul & Body….. Discovering this well help aid you in knowing what will work best for your individual self. Stress affects the physical, mental and emotional well-being as it reacts to an event or event(s). Below is a list of a few suggestions that can help you discover what may work best for you. In addition, if you don’t apply action your efforts will be worthless.

Let’s get started with these 18 tips:

Drink plenty of water – water not only hydrates your body but your brain too.

Exercise; yoga, walking, jogging, zumba, you choose the exercise that best fits your body type.

Eat a balanced diet – sweet potatoes has beta-carotene, vitamins, fiber and potassium, dark green vegetables also has potassium known for calming, and turkey has L- Tryptophan an amino acid, known for claming.

Supplementation –Magnesium, Ester-C, B-Complex, Multi-vitamins, ashwaghanda, krill fish oil. Be sure they are of the best quality.

Meditate –meditating on Gods word will bring comfort and peace in the midst of chaos.

Prayer – opens up a means of communicating to a God that is willing and able to meet you where you are and one who can give you comfort in that place.

Rest – rest is different than sleep; rest is a time for you to let go of life issues and just be.

Sleep – A great natural supplement for insomnia is Melatonin. White, black or green tea have L-theanine; an amino acid which also has a relaxation effect. Our body and mind needs at least 7-8 hours of adequate sleep.

Listen to inspirational and motivational music – two of my favorite songs that always lifts my spirit is “I Smile” by Kirk Franklin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8SPwT3nQZ8

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

Avoid negative people – unfortunately, especially during the holiday’s people tend to become nasty and negative. Don’t allow their negative attitudes spoil your JOY this holiday season. Instead lift them up to your fun and loving attitude instead of letting them drag you down to theirs.

Avoid self-medicating – alcohol is a popular beverage of choice during the season, however the facts are it is a depressant. So you may feel less stress for a period of time, but over all it will have a negative effect on your feel good neurotransmitters way beyond the holidays. So if you must drink, drink in moderation.

Relaxation techniques – breathing exercise is a great way to quickly gain control of your emotions even while you’re standing in line. Try visualization, progressive muscle relaxation techniques and short breathing exercises; they are all great ways to regain control over your emotions during a stressful moment. These techniques are effective tools while at rest and to use for achieving a good night sleep.

Set realistic goals – keep within your financial budget, manage your time wisely, make lists, set your priorities, write down the plan of action.  Don’t cave into pressure, just STICK to it!!!

Communication – practice effective communication with your family and friends when planning events, this will alleviate conflict if everyone is on the same page.

Remember – you do not have to attend every event – pick the event that is important to you and go to those events. Don’t worry about hurting feelings, if people really care about you they will understand.

Talk – If life becomes to stressful, talk to family, your pastor, friends, or seek the help of a professional. Always try supplementation of vitamins and nutrients first before medication.

GIVE – to your self, to others, and always remember to have an attitude of gratitude.

Have FUN!!!  Be PATIENT!!!  Show LOVE!!!  Count your BLESSINGS however great or small!!!

Remember the holidays are supposed to be enjoyed. Nothing is worth getting sick over.

There are more heart attacks and strokes during this time than any other time of the year.  Life Extension magazine describes stress as being “‘our leading health problem. 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are now related to the effects of stress.”[1] Stress causes cortisol levels to rise, death of neurons, increased inflammation (inflammation is the primary cause of chronic diseases) and disruption in cognitive functioning. “Chronically high cortisol levels are linked to brain damage, MRI has shown that the right side of the hippocampus area of the brain was found to be 8% smaller in PTSD patients,”1 and other stress related diagnoses.

Understandably, our bodies were originally designed to handle some stress; after all it is our stress mechanism which alerts us to dangerous situations. It helps our bodies and minds prepare for those types of situations. When stress is experienced over a long term it can have a significant negative impact. Many people are currently experiencing long term stress due to the state of the economy and the affect it is having on our personal lives.  The holiday season can add to this stress so it’s important to find ways this holiday season to combat stress in your life. Dr. Don Colbert gives one of his unusual prescriptions he often gives to his own patients who have long term stress. “One of the most unusual prescriptions I give to many of my patients is to have at least ten belly laughs a day. True laughter is one of the most powerful and natural healing methods without any side effects. Laughter lowers the stress hormone such as cortisol, however laughter increases the feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin. It keeps you squarely in the present moment. It helps you reframe and feel thankful and helps you to see negative events in a more positive light” [2]

 

The Benefits of Laughter
Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience
Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

[3]

There is always a good comical holiday movie to watch with your family and friends so by all means go watch the movie – it will do your Spirit, Soul, & Body some good.

The holidays can add stress to our lives which can ultimately lead to depression. To avoid this emotional issue it is my hope that you will find at least a few of these tips to be helpful during this holiday season.  Its easy to forget the true meaning of the season – keep it simple, by spending time with family and friends. It’s an opportunity to show our love, commitment and appreciation to each other and by expressing that we are happy that the people in our lives are a part of our lives. It’s a time to give thanks and to be thankful. Of course, anytime is a good time to set an example for our children and to create an atmosphere of love, peace and joy within our home and work environments is a great way to express the true love in our hearts for each other.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are great opportunities to give the gift of time and love.  Remember, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions,”[4] and neither does your families. Embrace where you are, but only in the knowing that you will get through this too. Life is way too short to be stressed. So instead of reacting to stress try acting blessed and you will instead experience a transformation of calmness and peace instead of chaos and stress this holiday season.  Simply remember when life gets unbearable, during this holiday season just stop – breathe and remember to take it one day at a time and don’t forget to SMILE, LAUGH. LOVE & HAVE FUN!!!

Laughter good medicine

References:

[1] Life Extension Retail Magazine. July/August 2012 edition. Telomeres shortened by

  chronic stress. p. 51-52.  

[2]  Colbert, D. (2006). The seven pillars of health: The natural way to better health for life.

Lake Mary, FL: Siloam. P.239

[3] Smith, M., & Segal, M. (2014). Laughter is the best medicine:  http://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm. Retrieved: November 23, 2014.

[4] Bible. Luke 12:15, NIV. 1986. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Nov 07

The Medicine of the Future – is Here Now!

the doc of the futureThe amount of people who are attempting and/or completing suicide and homicide are growing by leaps and bounds. This is not only occurring in adulthood, but with our children and adolescents as well. I do not want to minimize the importance of anyone being able to talk to someone about their struggles. I do not want to discredit anything that anyone is attempting to do to help themselves, but if you’ve been in that system for even a day you already know how dreadfully broken the mental health system is. I don’t think I have to tell you that. I speak from experience because over eight years ago we too for the first time were very abruptly introduced to the mental health system. Granted I’m not beating up those who work that system, because I do acknowledge there are many who are in that system who have a heart to help others through their struggles. A short while into the traditional system I knew there had to be another answer. So I began a journey and googled myself to death, because I didn’t know any other way to find out what that “something” was I needed to know. But once I found alternative treatment methods I knew that, that was what I had been so desperately looking for. I felt it is important to share this video of Dr. Mark Hyman; he is the Board Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine. The school I attend for my Masters degree in human nutrition is the University of Bridgeport, where its focus is on Functional Medicine. So it is my hope that the video will give you some insight on exactly what functional medicine is and its growing value in the prevention and management of health challenges. The mission of A.V.O.I.D. is to take Functional Medicine and utilize the biomedical approach to the mental health field. Biomedical testing that Dr. Hyman speaks of is available through our now profit. www.facebook.com/astoundingvictoryoverintoxicatingdrugs

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhkLcpJTV9M

Oct 23

Break the Stigma Revolution!!!

 avoid and with ribbion

My husband Bill and I are the founders of a non-profit; Astounding Victory Over Intoxicating Drugs (A.V.O.I.D.). It is through our experiences which have led us to reach out to others who are struggling with addictions and mental/emotional health issues. It is our intention to offer HOPE by educating, sharing, providing resources, and help on a one to one basis if necessary, through our knowledge of Integrative/Alternative natural treatments.

Break the Stigma Revolution!

We stand in the gap to BREAK THE STIGMA and to CHANGE the way people with these struggles are treated.

Through our CHANGE campaign we intend to CALL for a change to have every mental health and addiction patient to have the opportunity to chose Integrative natural solutions.

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  1. Integrative choices to be made available in doctor offices as well as hospitals
  2. Insurance companies to offer coverage for Integrative options
  3. Hospitalized patients to have the opportunity to continue with their current integrative treatment
  4. To have a Functional Medicine Nutritionist/medical professional who understands individual bio-chemical testing to be made available to assist a client in the best integrative treatment options available to them
  5. Biochemical testing options to be made a part of the initial protocol.
  6. Nutrition planned around the individual needs based on findings of integrative testing.

**Biochemical imbalances is not an unfamiliar word to psychiatric practitioners, however their mindset is to treat   a biochemical imbalance with pharmaceutical drugs, while our view is to consider the imbalances and to treat with an integrative approach. An integrative/functional medicine approach is one that considers the person as a whole; spirit, soul, and body. We believe there is an underlying root cause, and we seek to uncover these causes at the individual level. Once the cause is uncovered than we attempt to restore balance through nutrition and lifestyle change. An example of an underlying issues may be; a food sensitivity, a diabolic blood disorder, low cholesterol, hyperglycemia, a digestive issue, and many other possible scenarios. NOTE: there is no testing available to test the chemical imbalance in the brain itself, however the body’s biochemistry can shed light into what may possibly be happening in the body/gut/brain.

Two of my favorite quotes:

“an under-appreciated fact is the primary raw materials for the synthesis of many neurotransmitters are nutrients – these nutrients come in the form of vitamins, amino acids (including the essential aminos we can only get from food) etc…” (Walsh 2012.).

“The father of modern psychiatry French psychiatrist Phillipe Pinel (1745-1828), after working with mental patients for many years, concluded in 1807: “The primary seat of insanity generally is in the region of the stomach and intestines.” And yet, the last thing a modern psychiatrist would pay attention to is the patient’s digestive system!” (Mcbride, 2011). There is a significant amount of evidence that there is a definite gut-brain connection issue with those who struggle.

 

A.V.O.I.D. is our answered prayer!!!

To shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace- Luke 1:79

Mission  

To help lead people in our communities and across our nation out of darkness of addictions and mental/emotional struggles into the light of Christ’s love, as we connect with youth, young adults as well as their families who are in distress – guiding them to freedom, love, peace, and understanding.

Vision 

Our vision is to create a facility that provides a Christ-centered holistic approach to the healing of the sprit – soul – body of those with addiction and emotional issues, utilizing a program which identifies and addresses the biochemical imbalances that drive the addictive behaviors. To provide aid and resources for individuals and their families to a peaceful solution.

References:

McBride, N. (2011). Gut and Psychology Syndrome: dyspraxia, autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, depression, schizophrenia.( Rev. ed.). Cambridge, CB: Medinform Publishing.(p.7).

Walsh, W. (2010). Nutrient Power: heal your biochemistry and heal your brain.

Oct 21

Balancing biochemical’s in addiction and mental health

alcohol-addiction-brain-scan

This is one of those times we can ask our self what came first the chicken or the egg? Furthermore, in the case of this article did the bio-chemical imbalance come before the probability of an addiction or mental health issue?

It’s not too often that we think about the impact nutrition can have on our emotional and addictive behaviors. I think this is one of those things that many of us take for granted. Living in a fast paced world no longer allows us to slow down and really analyze the long-term impact poor nutrition can have on our emotional and physical wellbeing. For instance, sugar is in almost everything we consume, even cigarettes. Sugar is an addictive substance – it has the same negative impact on the brain and body as alcohol and cocaine. I refer to sugar as “the other white stuff.” Sugar hits the same receptors as cocaine, both presenting a euphoric and more energetic feeling. Sugar and alcohol are carbohydrates; neither having any nutritional value. They both are absorbed directly into the blood stream; both can cause intense cravings as well as by-passing the digestive system allowing it to go to virtually every organ in the body creating havoc throughout the entire body

One may not typically connect addiction and emotional issues to nutrition deficiencies, but I encourage you if you or a loved one is dealing with these sorts of issues read on and discover a possible solution to your problem. Dr. Joan Matthew-Larson in her book Depression Free Naturally states, “Emotional symptoms develop as a direct result of the unavailability of brain and body chemicals. These important chemicals create our stable emotions, behaviors, thoughts, and sanity.”[1] Sadly this is a very real issue that too often goes un-discussed in a traditional treatment setting. It is my opinion and based on my research in this area, there are a number of reasons that may lead to addiction and emotional issues and biochemical imbalances can in fact play a significant role. The teen years seem to be the time when addiction and emotional issues arise. Stats have found that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.[2] Some people being more highly sensitive to biochemical imbalances should not ignore their nutritional needs, because overtime this can produce an outrageously unbalanced person, often mistakably referred to as teenage rebellion and/or diagnosed as a behavioral disorder.

Ok, so let’s think about this for a moment; let’s take a younger child who may have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or some other related emotional issue. Sometimes there is a simple and much less invasive solution to aiding the symptoms of such diagnoses. Many times the changing of the child’s diet can off-set the emotional confusion and rage felt by the child. The child quite possibly acts out in frustration or as we often like to call it; mood disorder or behavioral issue,” because they too do not understand why they feel the way they do and I’m certain most of them can’t describe it either, therefore they are left to act out. They do so as a way to get attention to say, hey there is something not quite right here. In addition, the addicted or emotionally unstable teen/adult is seeking to re-gain balance in their biochemistry as well, therefore as we move out of puberty and into adult hood we still continue to search for that “thing” to make us feel “normal” not realizing it could be as simple as correcting a sugar imbalance, vitamin and mineral deficiency, a food sensitivity, thyroid disorder, histamine issue, yeast overgrowth problem, heavy metal toxicity, or a number of other underlying issues. Ignoring these issues can and will balloon into something much greater if not treated properly.

Over the past few years in dealing with the traditional protocol for my son I am angry at the fact that none of the above areas were considered in the traditional setting. It was all simply ignored! I honestly believe my sons’ journey through pure HELL could have been much different if these areas would have been addressed at the onset of the first treatment protocol. “The mind doctor,” never once administered a simple blood, urine, saliva, or hair testing to check the possibility of an imbalance. Nor did they chose the consider all of the biochemical testing I provided to them from a reputable laboratory.

A common co-occurring issue is alcoholism and depression; both contribute to the depletion of vital neurotransmitters needed to help stabilize the emotional behaviors and cravings. The results can be anxiety, confusion, distorted perception, basically an overall instability of the individual, and ultimately leading to disruption of the entire family unit..

“Many addictive drugs reduce the supply of a chemical called glutamine, a precursor to GABA. One of GABA’s roles is to promote relaxation. (The molecular receptors for GABA are the target of tranquillizers such as Valium.) But glutamine levels can be restored, and production of GABA boosted, by the consumption of an amino acid called N-acetylcysteine (NAC) which is found in nuts and seeds. This is not just my theory. A controlled study published last year in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Steven LaRowe, of the Medical University of South Carolina, and his colleagues, found that giving NAC to cocaine addicts reduced their desire to use the drug sufficiently for it to be recommended as a treatment. Serotonin is another neurotransmitter that is usually deficient in an addicted brain. This probably accounts for the depressive side of withdrawal symptoms (serotonin receptors in the brain are the target of antidepressant drugs such as Prozac). Serotonin is made from an amino acid called tryptophan, which is found in foods such as meat, brown rice, nuts, fish and milk. Philip Cowen, a psychiatrist at Oxford University, has found that reducing the amount of tryptophan in someone’s diet increases depressive symptoms and also increasing it can induce a more optimistic outlook. Another molecule that shows promise in treating addiction is DHA, a fatty acid belonging to the nutritionally fashionable class called omega-3. In this case it is believed to act not by affecting neurotransmitter levels but by changing the physical characteristics of nerve cells’ outer membranes, thus the way they conduct nerve impulses. A lack of DHA has been associated with all sorts of psychological problems–learning difficulties, excessive hostility and even suicide. It has also been associated with the relapse into addiction”.[3]

This type of research has been going on for a very long time, for instance Dr. Abram Hoffer back in the 1960s worked with Japanese POW’s. He discovered that by taking high dosages of niacin they were able to be free from many of their physical and psychiatric symptoms. There are many other medical doctors, psychiatrist, as well as other health care professionals that have spent their entire lives researching and practicing the affects of nutrition deficiencies and addictions and mental health issues. This is not just my theory as a desperate mom; this is not a new idea. There are an abundant amount of scientific medical journals that indicate the impact of nutritional deficiencies in addiction and emotional issues. I encourage you to seek out the work of; Dr Hoffer who was a biochemist and psychiatrist, Dr. Joan Mathews Larson, PhD, in Human nutrition and the founder of Health Recovery Center, an organization birthed after the death of her son. Dr. Linus Pauling began his work with mental disorders in the early 1960s, focusing on underlying biochemical dysfunctions. Another genius of his time is none other than Dr. C. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., M.D.  His discoveries in nutritional therapies were successful in overcoming psychological disorders from anxiety, depression, phobias, and schizophrenia.

For further information on how I may help you in your quest to wholeness please fell free to contact me.

Deborah R. Hutchinson, B.S., CNS

Founder of A.V.O.I.D.

info@avoid-online.org

www.facebook.com/astoundingvictoryoverintoxicatingdrugs

 

 

 

Key words: Health, alternative, mental health, addiction, recovery, holistic, drug addiction, integrative, psychiatry

 

 

 

[1] Picture: http://www.awaremed.com/practice-areas/drug-addiction-natural-treatment/ Retrieved (October 21, 2014).

[1] Mathews-Larson, J., (1999). Depression Free Naturally: 7 weeks to eliminating anxiety,   despair, fatigue, and anger from your life. New York: New York. The Ballantine Publishing Group. (p.17).

[2] http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2005/mental-illness-exacts-heavy-toll-beginning-in-youth.shtml

[3] NA (2008). Treatment on a plate. Economist, 389(8602), 91-92. Retrieved from: Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (Jun 18, 2012).

 

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