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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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Helping Men Heal in Addiction Treatment

Trauma is a fact of life for millions of people, men and women alike. However, men and women experience trauma a bit differently. Male trauma is similar to female trauma in terms of many of the causes and symptoms. But differences in physiology, men’s role in society and gender politics all combine to make the …

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Packing for Rehab: A General How-To Guide

Congratulations! You have reached a fork in the road, and you chose the path towards wellness. Knowing what to pack for rehab is the next item on your list. Packing for rehab is simpler than it might seem. The key is to be practical and remember that knowing what you should not bring can be …

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Getting Help for Substance Abuse Can Be Scary

Maybe it’s a problem. Maybe not. Maybe I can pull it together. This time it’s pretty bad, though. I really messed things up. I feel sick thinking about it.  I feel like crap. I am crap. I tried to stop before. But I can’t let this go.  Nah, then I’d have to be one of …

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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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