Your loved one has become more withdrawn the fewer hours of daylight there are. The cold weather and snow seems to drain all of her energy, and she’s anxious, moody and irritable. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects millions of people each year, but that may not be all that’s going on with your loved one. Watch for signs that your loved one is coping with her depression in a dangerous way, and be quick to help her.

Synthetic marijuana — also known as K2 or Spice — consists of vegetable matter doused in chemicals that, when smoked, are designed to create effects similar to those of THC, the active chemical compound in marijuana. It’s legal, and is marketed in convenience stores and gas stations as herbal incense or potpourri marked “not for human consumption.”

Many rehab centers now use massage therapy in treatment because it offers a range of health benefits, both for the body and the mind. It’s a perfect form of therapy for recovering addicts who may not yet have learned to articulate their feelings, because it doesn’t require any conversation. People in the grip of active addiction spend a lot of time hiding from their emotions and the physical sensations they cause, but massage therapy can help recovering addicts reconnect with their bodies — and face their emotions.

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Life skills are what help us get through day-to-day life, and all of its stresses and obligations. They include such basic skills as maintaining a daily routine, keeping regular mealtimes, eating well and practicing good hygiene. Keeping a job and managing money are also life skills.

Members of our armed forces, particularly those who have been deployed in warzones, deal with many issues beyond the battlefield. Many suffer from severe post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) brought on by combat experiences. For others, merely reintegrating into society at home can be stressful and challenging. While drug use is strongly discouraged in the armed services, many veterans know that there is a general culture of acceptance of alcohol abuse. Soldiers, seamen, airmen and Marines work hard — and tend to play hard. For many vets, however, this cycle becomes an addiction and begins to affect their health and their relationships.