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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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What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Addiction can not only impact your cognition, judgment, and relationships, but it can also aggravate and cause mental health disorders. Worse still, you can develop a co-occurring condition that requires dual diagnosis treatment. But what is a dual diagnosis and how common is it? More than 30 million Americans ages 12 and older use illicit …

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Man dealing with unresolved grief and substance use

Unresolved Grief and Substance Abuse Are Connected

If you’ve found your way here to this article, the odds are that you’re in a tough place right now. No matter if it’s with unresolved grief or substance abuse, you are not alone. Maybe you, or a loved one, are overwhelmed with grief. So overwhelmed that you find yourself coping with a glass of wine, …

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You Have Anxiety and Substance Use Is Making It Worse

Spend just a little bit of time with the realities of our world today and, if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself brimming with tension. It may your anxiety skyrocket. And it may make you want to turn to substance use. I’m talking about the tension between yourself and another person, the weight of important decisions, …

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Dealing With Shame in Addiction Recovery

Would all the humans please stand up? How about those dealing with shame in addiction recovery? How can we work to overcome the guilt and shame that comes with recovery?   Okay, if you’re standing and reading this article, you probably know what it’s like to deal with shame. That’s because we all have at …

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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 …

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Man suffering from substance use disorders and dual diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis and How Does it Happen?

Substance use disorder and mental health issues often deliver a one-two punch—occurring at the same time for people who could really use a break.    Or, to borrow another cliche, these dual diagnoses kick folks while they’re already on the ground.    What’s up with that? Why do we see a prevalence of co-occurring mental …

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Understanding Addiction with Family Therapy

Understanding Addiction Treatment with Family Therapy

If your loved one is living with addiction, it can be hard to wrap your head around their behavior. You may see the way it affects your life and realize you’re struggling to cope, too. If it’s time for addiction treatment, why is family therapy important?   Family therapy can help your loved one get …

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CBT Plays Large Role in Substance Abuse Treatment

When you finally take that brave, bold step toward substance abuse treatment and recovery, you want to know you’re walking in the right direction. Who wouldn’t?   When you enter treatment for addiction, you’re giving your time and effort as an investment. And we’re right there with you in saying we hope it’s an investment …

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What is Illness Management and Recovery

What is Illness Management and Recovery?

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a program that teaches coping and self-management skills. This program helps people with serious mental health conditions. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone. It’s new to behavioral health, and most of the public isn’t aware yet either.    IMR is backed by research and is part …

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