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Dual Diagnosis

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Help Your Addiction Therapy with 3 Helpful Books

The connection between trauma and addiction has always been present, even if we have not always been aware of it. An encouraging trend towards trauma-informed care in the addiction therapy world is helping to shed more light upon the relationship. Trauma is such a profoundly personal phenomenon. It often takes years for people to become …

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Substance Abuse Help for Mental Health Care

There is perhaps more awareness about substance use disorders than ever before. While substance use disorders impact physical health, they are, first and foremost, a mental health issue. Complete substance abuse help must always include mental health support. Drugs and alcohol are frequently used to alleviate symptoms of co-occurring psychological conditions. Substance use often exacerbates …

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Understanding Mental Health and Substance Use

You are bound to encounter the term dual diagnosis when learning about addiction treatment. But why is there so much emphasis on treating mental health and substance use disorders together? We know drugs and mental health problems frequently coincide. Research has shown at least 64% of addicted people are also living with a co-occurring mental …

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3 Benefits of Traveling to an Out-of-State Rehab

Choosing the right place to go for substance use treatment can be tricky. Limiting yourself only to facilities within a short drive from home can substantially narrow your options. If you’re looking for treatment for a loved one, it may be tempting to avoid out-of-state rehab. Don’t forget that the most important thing is that …

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3 Ways Trauma Issues Can Affect Your Body

When we think about psychological trauma and its impacts, we usually think about mental and behavioral effects. But ideally, trauma-informed treatment addresses all the ways in which trauma can affect us, including effects on our health. If you or someone you care about is living with trauma, read on to learn how trauma issues can …

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Trauma-Informed Addiction Treatment

Trauma-informed addiction treatment is one of the most promising trends in the field of substance use disorder treatment. It may be no surprise to you that most people have experienced trauma. We know that our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. But did you know trauma is the most frequent catalyst for …

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The Link Between Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse

Behavioral health and substance abuse are inherently connected. The reasons why are complex and worth learning about. Let’s explore the relationship between mental health substance abuse and treatment.     Addiction is a Behavioral Health Disorder The first way behavioral health and substance abuse are connected is simple. Substance abuse is a behavioral health disorder. If …

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The Link Between Addiction and Depression

There is a link between addiction and depression. The causes of addiction are complex. Research is showing that some people may be more vulnerable to addiction due to genetics. Our DNA can also make us more likely to become depressed.  What is Depression? Understanding depression is a little easier when you know the different types. …

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