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…

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…

Drug Addiction Treatment: Healing Methods

Before you or your loved one enter a drug addiction treatment center, it is helpful to familiarize yourself with the different approaches used to find healing from substance use disorders. There are many models to choose from whether it be evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), group therapy…

man with hands over face sitting against wall showing signs of depression

Signs of Depression

Depression is among the nation’s most common mental illnesses. It is a widespread and serious condition that, in many instances, requires medical treatment — either counseling, medication, or both. Depression can also exist concurrently with substance abuse disorders, requiring an even more comprehensive form of treatment. But what are the signs of depression? The signs…