Mental Health

There is a significant correlation between addiction and mental health. One could even argue that in order to understand addiction, you must have insight into a user’s mental state. Learn more about the connection between mental health and substance use disorders.

Healthy Alternatives To Alcohol For Social Anxiety

One of the most common coping mechanisms for social anxiety, and stress in general, is drinking. While alcohol might carry some legitimate benefits, there are plenty of reasons why relying on it is a bad idea. Read on to learn why using alcohol to cope with social...

Can Weed Cause Psychosis? (Spoiler: Yes It Can)

People really like marijuana. It’s one of the most popular recreational drugs in the world and has an estimated 55 million monthly users in the U.S. alone—a number that far outpaces the number of cigarette smokers (about 34 million) and is second only to alcohol...

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Why Using Alcohol To Cope with Stress Doesn’t Work

Alcohol is often touted as a do-it-all wonderdrug that can fix any unpleasant situation, particularly, the stressful ones. Songs, movies, tv shows, and advertisements all perpetuate this notion that alcohol makes things better. While it can make you feel good at the...

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A Look at Bipolar and Alcohol Blackouts

A Look at Bipolar and Alcohol Blackouts

Researchers and medical professionals have known for some time now that there are many connections between substance use and mental health. However, alcohol and bipolar disorder have an interesting effect in common: blackouts. In recognition of World Bipolar Day on...

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Self-Harm Awareness Month

Self-Harm Awareness Month

March 1st is Self-Harm Awareness Day and marks the beginning of Self Harm Awareness Month. This month is observed in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. The purpose of Self-Harm Awareness Month is to help eliminate the stigma associated with self-harm so...

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How to Cope with Depression (Without Drugs)

How to Cope with Depression (Without Drugs)

The physical and psychological effects of drug and alcohol withdrawal are frequent topics of discussion. Less frequently addressed, however, is the emotional toll of withdrawal. Depression is a fairly common withdrawal side effect for heavy and long-term substance...

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How Are Depression and Alcoholism Connected?

How Are Depression and Alcoholism Connected?

What Classifies As Depression? There is still a lot of misinformation regarding what is and what isn't depression. Because of this, many people suffering from a depressive disorder might never be diagnosed, which is an issue as bad as it would be with any illness that...

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Trauma and Mental Health Conditions as Related to Addiction

Trauma and Mental Health Conditions as Related to Addiction

You’ve probably heard of dual diagnosis when you were getting assessed for an addiction treatment program. If not, you’ve probably heard it online when learning more about the different types of treatment plans and options that are available. If you haven’t completely...

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis refers to a person that is suffering from substance use disorder in addition to an underlying psychiatric or mental health issue. While alcoholism and drug addiction are themselves mental disorders, many people that are experiencing addiction also have...

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

#WorldMentalHealthDay On this day, each October, World Mental Health Day is observed worldwide. It’s a day for awareness, mental health education, and advocacy against stigma. It’s also an opportunity to talk about what can be done to make mental care a reality for...

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World Suicide Prevention Day – What You Can Do to Help

World Suicide Prevention Day – What You Can Do to Help

The Foundation for Suicide Prevention tells us that 44,965 Americans die by suicide each year. This number has increased dramatically in the last few years. This leads us to ask the question: why are people dying by suicide, and what we can do to help save lives....

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Bipolar 2 Disorder and Its Involvement with a Dual Diagnosis

Bipolar 2 Disorder and Its Involvement with a Dual Diagnosis

When dealing with an alcohol or drug addiction, many drug addicts and alcoholics also struggle with a dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring disorder, involves a concurrent presence of both of a substance use disorder and a mental health...

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Tapping Into Your Emotions In Addiction Recovery

Tapping Into Your Emotions In Addiction Recovery

They say the good thing about sobriety is that you get your feelings back. Of course, the bad thing about sobriety is that you get your feelings back. Emotions are not bad in and of themselves, but they can be difficult to manage. This becomes even harder after years...

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