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  • New 988 Suicide Hotline Offers Shortcut in Crisis

    New 988 Suicide Hotline Offers Shortcut in Crisis

    On July 16, 2022, the new 988 suicide hotline marked its debut. Instead of having to call the former 10-digit number, those struggling with thoughts of suicide, or calling on behalf of a suicidal person, can simply call 988 to be connected to a counselor. (The 10-digit line still works, too.) As reported by The New York Times, counselors are trained to provide guidance to those having trouble with substance abuse, mental health conditions, and suicidal ideation. Anyone who calls will benefit from the same kind of confidentiality they would receive at a doctor’s office.

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  • The Importance of a Sponsor in Recovery

    The Importance of a Sponsor in Recovery

    We’ve all probably heard someone being called a “sponsor” when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction recovery, but what exactly is a sponsor in recovery, and how can he or she help? By taking a closer look, we can learn just how important, if not essential, a sponsor can be in you or your loved one’s journey to wellness.

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  • Overdose Awareness: What You Need to Know

    Overdose Awareness: What You Need to Know

    Drug overdose deaths have reached an unprecedented high in the US, with an estimated 107,622 drug overdose deaths occurring between April 2020 and April 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a 30% increase from the previous year, an alarming fact that has many contributing causes. Recognized on August 31 every year, Overdose Awareness Day is designed to draw attention to this ongoing tragedy and inspire action to prevent more deaths.

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  • Alcohol & Co-Occurring Disorders

    Alcohol & Co-Occurring Disorders

    When someone struggles with alcohol addiction, it is almost always inextricably connected to another battle: a battle for the mind. Often referred to as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis, alcoholism and co-occurring disorders are in at least 50% of cases, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), like two sides of the same coin Why are co-occurring disorders so common? Simply put: Physical health and mental health are intricately connected. Chemical imbalances, which occur when the body and brain become alcohol dependent or addicted, exacerbate mood swings, anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. The pervasive nature of these conditions can often lead you to self-medicate.

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  • Virtual Treatment Is Just As Comprehensive

    Virtual Treatment Is Just As Comprehensive

    The pandemic has changed our lives in many ways over the last few years, and not all of the changes have been bad. One fact we’ve learned from stay-at-home orders and quarantining is that not everything needs to be done in-person to be done well. While initially, online doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions were done out of necessity, many people have realized the benefits of having online options for healthcare. You might be surprised to learn that virtual therapy, and even virtual addiction treatment and mental health treatment, is becoming more and more common. But is virtual therapy really as good as in-person therapy?

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  • EMDR & Brain Health

    EMDR & Brain Health

    What is EMDR? EMDR stands for “eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.” It’s an effective, low-impact form of therapy used for the treatment of conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and other mental health conditions.

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