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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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  • Drawing Boundaries with the Boundaryless

    Drawing Boundaries with the Boundaryless

    In a perfect world, that’s how it would work: You set boundaries; others respect them. Unfortunately, however, that’s not always the case. You will have people in your life who will cross the lines you’ve drawn. So what can you do to prevent boundaryless people from compromising your recovery?

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  • Drugged Driving On The Rise

    Drugged Driving On The Rise

    2020 brought major disruption and change to almost every area of our lives. Among the biggest: changes in our work and travel patterns. With many businesses temporarily closed and offices emptied of workers assigned to work from home, traffic on our highways thinned out temporarily, too. Given that change, it’s concerning that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that traffic fatalities actually went up during that time. 2020 also saw a bump in substance abuse, and part of that increase, they attributed to an increase in drunk and drugged driving.

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  • How Do I Know if I Have Bipolar Disorder?

    How Do I Know if I Have Bipolar Disorder?

    Bipolar disorder may be one of the most misunderstood mental health disorders today. We’ve all heard of it, and if we’re being honest, we’ve all formed our own perceptions after seeing it portrayed in movies and on TV as individuals struggling with manic highs and dangerously dark lows. But the reality is more complex than […]

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