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What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Substance abuse presents enormous challenges. The cycle of addiction can be difficult to break and requires the individual to put a lot of effort into getting clean. In many cases, mental illness can make recovery much more difficult and may result in additional challenges. When a person has both substance abuse and a mental illness, …

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Woman on steps represents 12-step treatment approach

Learning From the 12-Step Treatment Approach

When we hear about someone “working the 12 steps,” our minds go to recovery. After all, the 12-step treatment approach was developed to help people all over the world reach sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous. You may have a close friend or loved one progressing through the 12-step treatment approach right now. If so, you probably know …

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Illustration of woman that depicts the struggle of addiction as a chronic brain disorder

Is Your Addiction a Chronic Brain Disorder?

Diabetes, a broken arm, a heart attack—these are all widely recognized as medical conditions. But what about a chronic brain disorder? How does it relate to addiction? In some cases, the patient may have even contributed to the onset. Right? And yet . . . A sedentary woman diagnosed with type 2 diabetes receives understanding, guidance and …

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First responders struggling with addiction and the risk factors for substance use disorder

To Our First Responders Battling Addiction: There’s Hope for You

If you work as a first responder, I’d like to start by saying thank you. Secondly, if you are one of the millions of first responders battling addiction, I want to tell you, there is hope. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to our local emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers. You show …

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Man reading to help you understand addiction

3 Books to Help You Understand Addiction

Where do you turn when you need help understanding addiction? There’s a book for that. They have a way of transporting us from all that we know into a completely unknown world—that is, from our own mind to the mind of the narrator. We see and understand things as they see and understand them.  In this way, …

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