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What Factors Into Treatment Completion for Substance Use Disorders?

What Factors Into Treatment Completion for Substance Use Disorders?

There are many reasons why individuals decide to leave their treatment program. Perhaps you’re contemplating leaving your own, or maybe your loved one is thinking about leaving. No matter the situation, there are many factors that can go into a person’s decision to leave. What’s most unfortunate is leaving when a person truly needs help […]

How Does Music Impact Our Society’s View on Drugs and Alcohol?

How Does Music Impact Our Society’s View on Drugs and Alcohol?

Whether we recognize it or not, the music we hear has a significant impact on our societal views. Previous research has shown that music helps children ignite many areas of the brain for learning and development, but music, music lyrics, and music videos can also have a negative impact on the socialization of children. For […]

Dual Diagnosis and Selecting A Treatment Center: Your Ultimate Guide

Dual Diagnosis and Selecting A Treatment Center: Your Ultimate Guide

Dual diagnosis is defined as having two conditions as once – for example, having a mental illness and a substance use disorder is considered dual diagnosis, also known as comorbidity or a co-occurring disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use estimated that 7.9 million people […]

How Did Robin Williams Experience Addiction?

How Did Robin Williams Experience Addiction?

Note: If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Your life matters. The world mourned when it was discovered that actor and comedian Robin Williams lost his life to suicide in August of 2014. The actor made a huge, positive impact on the world with his amazing performances in […]

3 Factors Required for Individualized Treatment

3 Factors Required for Individualized Treatment

As humans, there is always more than meets the eye. If you’re currently in recovery (or seeking to be) from an addiction, consider the fact that despite your addiction, you have a past, present, and future. You’ve had hopes and dreams, thoughts, upsetting events, goals achieved, and factors that have influenced you throughout your life. […]

What Interventions Can Be Used in Treating Opioid Addiction?

What Interventions Can Be Used in Treating Opioid Addiction?

Opioid abuse, dependency, and overdose has risen to astronomical levels in the United States over the past decade. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has listed several effective medications that can be used to treat opioid addiction, including: methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, and a combination of both buprenorphine and naltrexone. If you are currently in […]

Abstinence and Restoration After Alcoholism: Mixed Research Results

Abstinence and Restoration After Alcoholism: Mixed Research Results

Substances like alcohol can have significant effects on the brain and body, and much of a person’s restoration in recovery depends on specific components of their addiction, such as: Type of substance used Length of the addiction Dose amount and frequency Individual health and medical history For many, abstinence is a huge part of addiction […]

When Do Symptoms of Mental Illness Typically Arise?

When Do Symptoms of Mental Illness Typically Arise?

Mental illnesses can affect us at any age, and may be brought on by a variety of factors: genetics, personality, environmental cues, substance abuse, and more. While anyone at any age can experience mental illness, there are certain periods of our lives that we may notice warning signs more prominently than other times. A 2017 […]

Your Ultimate Guide to Cyclothymia

Your Ultimate Guide to Cyclothymia

One person shared their experience with bipolar disorder on The Mighty, a site where mental health information is presented and people from local communities can share their stories. Here is an excerpt from what she said: “…Imagine living in a world where you lack stability: One week you are feeling high as a kite, and then […]

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