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.

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...

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?

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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Music Therapy and Addiction

Music Therapy and Addiction

  The UNITE to Face Addiction rally was this weekend, and it was quite an event to watch. For five hours straight, we were intermittently treated to the sounds of beloved musicians and the wisdom of impassioned speakers. In fact, at the time of writing, we are...

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Five Stages of Grief: Acceptance

Five Stages of Grief: Acceptance

This is the final article in our series on addiction and the five stages of grief. While this will follow the same format that has been followed thus far, we will likely not spend as much time on this particular stage. Unlike the other stages we have covered—denial,...

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Five Stages of Grief: Depression

Five Stages of Grief: Depression

We are winding down our discussion of addiction and the five stages of grief. Now that we have covered denial, anger, and bargaining, we have only two stages left. Today, we continue our dissection of the five stages with an article on depression. Many are inclined to...

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Five Stages of Grief: Bargaining

Five Stages of Grief: Bargaining

Our multi-part series on addiction and the five stages of grief continues with bargaining, the third stage. While the five stages do not necessarily occur in a specific order, feel free to read our articles on denial and anger for more detailed information on how we...

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Five Stages of Grief: Anger

Five Stages of Grief: Anger

This is the third article in our multi-part series on addiction and the five stages of grief, following the introduction and the article on denial. The second stage is anger, and is a stage with which both addicts and their families are already quite familiar. Some...

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Five Stages of Grief: Denial

Five Stages of Grief: Denial

We recently published an introduction to our multi-part series on addiction and the five stages of grief. The first stage of grief is denial, and it can be one of the most difficult stages to contend with due to the fact that most people who are immersed in it cannot...

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Addiction and the Five Stages of Grief

Addiction and the Five Stages of Grief

In the 1969 book On Death and Dying, Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross outlines five stages of grief that terminally ill patients must go through before they can begin to accept their fate. Less than fifty years have passed since this book was published, yet...

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EMDR Trauma Therapy and Addiction Treatment

EMDR Trauma Therapy and Addiction Treatment

  People have different reasons for becoming addicts and alcoholics. Many are people who simply partied too much at an early age and found it difficult to stop. Others suffer from troubling co-occurring mental disorders such as depression or anxiety. Then, there...

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Healthy Practices – Walking Meditation

Healthy Practices – Walking Meditation

Most people think of meditation as a purely mental exercise, with a few added spiritual benefits thrown in for good measure. But believe it or not, meditation can actually be a very physical experience. This is especially true when one is engaged in a practice such as...

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Co-Occurring Disorders: Addiction and Dual Diagnosis

Co-Occurring Disorders: Addiction and Dual Diagnosis

Those who are unfamiliar with the nature of alcoholism and drug addiction may think that the issue is cut and dry. After all, if addiction is truly a disease, then there certainly must be a cure. Unfortunately, however, this is not quite the case. Many people relapse...

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