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The Positive Role of Brain Plasticity in Addiction Recovery

From destroying brain cells to disrupting neural circuits involved in decision-making and memory, substance use disorders (SUDs) hijack the brain in multiple ways. However, one of the most life-altering changes occurs in the brain’s reward system. Drug exposure increases the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, causing the feeling of reward. These changes in dopamine levels in the brain reward system can lead to increased changes in brain plasticity. The outcome? Neuroplasticity, or the bra

Creating a Company Culture That Recruits the Best Virtual Talent

Flexibility is truly at the heart of fully distributed businesses and strong company cultures. According to a New York Times article, both millennials and Gen Z-ers expect flexibility, paid leave for a new baby, generous vacation time, and the ability to work remotely from today’s employers. Getting it Right HelpScout, a fully remote desk software company, encourages their employees to take time off whenever needed, offers 12 weeks of paid parental leave for a virtual team member who has or ad

The Cost of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: The Good, The Bad, and The Silver Lining

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that: • None 35 million adults in the U.S. have a mental health disorder • None Around 19 million have a substance use disorder • None 8.5 million had both a mental and substance use disorder (co-occurring disorders) These numbers are staggering, but there is good news.

Exclusive Interview: Model Turned Harvard Grad Psychologist Describes How Owning “Fear” Saved Her Life

Dr. Lara Fielding, a former model turned clinical psychologist, shares how an amazing opportunity to go to Paris at age 15, modeling for one of the biggest agencies in the industry resulted in a traumatic experience—but one that inevitably taught her invaluable life lessons that she now shares to empower others. As the author of Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting to Become An Emotional Grownup, Fielding studied the psychophysiology of stress and emotions at UCLA and Harvard, before receivi

Curious About Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)? Here’s What You Need to Know

After suffering from debilitating panic attacks, Selena Gomez’s bravely revealed in a Vogue interview her profound belief in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She states, “DBT has completely changed my life, I wish more people would talk about therapy.” Lady Gaga, a huge mental health advocate, also opened up about her issues with PTSD and self-harm (cutting) and told Oprah Winfrey during a recent interview.

Interview: Liz Hernandez Tells Her Story on Identity and Immigration Through Paint and Sculpture

Welcome to Curious Creative Spotlight, a recurring feature in which Rogue Habits interviews artists, showcasing their work as well as delving into their inspirations, creative processes, and daily life. Think your art should be featured next? Here’s how to submit. Based in Oakland, California, Liz Hernandez’s work primarily focuses on topics related to her identity and the narratives we place on everyday objects, reflecting the vibrant food, culture, and history of the bustling markets located

How Artificial Intelligence is Tackling the Opioid Crisis

How Artificial Intelligence is Tackling the Opioid Crisis Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking over, and you’re probably using it every day and don’t even know it. Did you ask Alexa or Siri a question today? Did Google suggest a cool new restaurant based on past searches? That’s AI at work. So, what is AI exactly? Artificial intelligence refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. One of the more popular subsets

Kettering Health Network Expands and Strengthens Patient Security with FairWarning’s Proactive Privacy Monitoring Program

Kettering Health Network (KHN) is a not-forprofit network of eight hospitals, Kettering College, and 120+ outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. With nearly 12,000 employees and 2,100 physicians, KHN is committed to transforming the healthcare experience with world-class health services for every stage of life. By partnering with FairWarning’s Patient Privacy Intelligence platform and Managed Privacy Services team, Ohio-based Kettering Health Network reduced audit preparation time, stren

Artificial Intelligence: A Marketing Tool Your Small Business Can No Longer Ignore

Yes, there are always shiny new digital marketing trends evolving in the current high-tech space. Some work, some fizzle. However, some strategies are making huge impacts in accelerating the growth of businesses; changing the digital marketing landscape forever. One such trend is AI or Artificial Intelligence, and it’s not just for big corporations to utilize. It’s time to embrace the long-term financial, marketing, and cost-effective benefits AI can produce for your small business. Here’s how.

Interview: Protecting the Sacred: Painter Sheila Dunn’s Resistance + Conservation Art Series

Growing up in Fort Collins, Colorado, artist Sheila Dunn spent most of her childhood playing, dancing, and creating in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Now a resident of Bend, Oregon and best known for her vibrant, geometric figure paintings, Dunn’s passion for the outdoors and wild spaces continue and is most reflective in her latest “Resistance” and “Conservation” art series. Inspired by a deep frustration with the sweeping changes in environmental and human rights policies after the 2016

Interview: These Illustrations Are Making Waves in the Latinx Community

Meet Yocelyn Riojas, the illustrator, social activist, and Latinx artist behind the powerful resistance art highlighting recent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) immigration issues facing millions across the nation. From the Texas Capitol to the most recent Women’s March in Washington DC, Riojas’ impactful illustrations have gone viral during some of the largest protests and political movements in U.S. history. Widely recognized for her poster “My

Mesmerizing Watches Turn Time Into Works of Art

Drawing inspiration from the Kinetic Art movement of the 1950’s combined with a deep frustration of the “generic minimalism” saturating the current watch market, Singapore-based design studio Humism launched their first line of watches transforming time into spellbinding art. Powered by the wearer’s own movement and crafted from materials like stainless steel and sapphire crystal glass, each timepiece is unique in its kinetic abstract design. From inception – to hundreds of design drafts – to a

Interview: Fighting fear and frostbite, Chris Burkard surfed Iceland and captured it all

With equal parts excitement and exhaustion, famous surf, lifestyle, and adventure photographer Chris Burkard took time out of his insane promotional tour to speak with Digital Trends about his new surfing film, “Under An Arctic Sky.” The 40-minute film — directed by Burkard and produced by Sweat Pants Media — follows four surfers on their journey to Iceland’s brutal north coast. The reason for the trip? To comb remote regions of Iceland for surf. To the crew’s dismay, however, the area also expe

Interview: How Instagram’s being used to make the outdoors more inclusive and diverse

This is Ambreen Tariq, founder of the Instagram account Brown People Camping. As a South Asian immigrant, a person of color, and a Muslim woman, Tariq wanted to create something capable of utilizing personal narratives and storytelling to promote diversity in outdoor communities. With the creation of BPC, she’s able to authentically discuss how her identities shape her outdoor experiences. By sharing her own personal stories via the account, she hopes it inspires others to step outside their co

Interview: Climb-On Maps changes the climbing game by getting you there faster and safer

Finding climbing routes can be a frustrating process for even the most seasoned of climbers — be it dealing with dangerous walk-offs or fumbling with large guidebooks. After years of not only experiencing this but also hearing from their peers, married couple and avid climbers Rick Momsen and Stefani Dawn decided to create Climb-On Maps. Their idea was to have it pick up where guidebooks and sites like Mountain Project leave off, offering users clear route types, grades, and count per crag. In

First 3D Printed Home Could Solve World’s Housing Crisis

1.2 billion people in the world live without life’s most basic human need–shelter. However, at the recent 2018 SXSW festival and conference, the unveiling of the first permitted 3D printed home in America could make global homelessness a thing of the past. New Story, a non-profit that builds houses for people in developing nations, and Icon, a construction technologies start-up company in Austin, Texas, came together at the famous Austin festival to demonstrate that it’s possible to build a low

“Melting Memories” Exhibit Takes Viewers on Hypnotic Journey

Many of us have wondered what it would be like to traverse through your past, revisiting tender moments, finding closure in others, and tiptoeing past those that are more unpleasant. By tapping into the unchartered waters of combining art, technology, and neurological data, Turkish director, designer, and media artist Refik Anadol may have discovered how to enter this realm and see what memories are made of. At a recent gallery showing at the Pilevneli Gallery in Istanbul, Anadol revealed a seri
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