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borderline personality disorder vs bipolar

Borderline Personality Disorder vs Bipolar

Many mental health disorders have similar symptoms. It is important, especially during Mental Health Awareness Month, to understand the differences in the way certain disorders can impact an individual as well as those around them. There are many misunderstandings about the similarities and differences between borderline personality disorder vs...

CBT and the 12 Steps

CBT and the 12 Steps

When you need intensive healing, an integrated approach is usually most effective. As you seek treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it’s important to understand that there is not one strategy that works for everyone and, depending on your situation, multiple approaches will be better able to...

family dynamics of trauma

Family Dynamics of Trauma

When one person experiences a traumatic event or is challenged by the impact of a trauma that happened earlier in their life, it not only impacts them significantly but can also affect other members of the family. The family dynamics of trauma differ with each individual and their family...

dry drunk

What is a Dry Drunk?

You may have decided on your own to give up drinking. Although you may think you have been successful when you have not touched alcohol for several days or even months, your addictive behaviors are still disrupting your life and the lives of those around you. You have a...

trauma related to Texas winter storm

Trauma Related to Texas Winter Storm

In February 2021, a massive winter storm struck Texas and many other states across the country. The storm lasted for most of the week of February 14 and impacted virtually the entire state of Texas with snow, ice, and power outages. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this...

trauma and addiction - breaking the painful cycle

Trauma and Addiction: Breaking the Painful Cycle

Without proper treatment, trauma can be debilitating. When you experience a traumatic event, it could lead to many other struggles in your life, including substance abuse. Breaking the painful cycle of trauma and addiction is possible and, in fact, is necessary for you to truly recover and be able...

getting back to the 12 steps

Getting Back to the 12 Steps After a Dry Period

Overcoming your addictive behaviors is a difficult first step. You’ve taken that step and you are now on the road to recovery. You’ve been sober and drug-free for a long time and have decided you no longer need to participate in a 12-Step program. Getting back to the 12...

new state-of-the-art facility

Makana Path Opens New State-of-the-Art Facility

The need for quality addiction and mental health treatment in the Austin area is great. When Makana Path opened in 2018, the available spots filled quickly with people who truly wanted to heal. The staff at Makana soon realized they would need to expand to be able to help...

managing traumatic stress

Self-Care for PTSD | 7 Tools for Managing Traumatic Stress

When you have experienced a trauma, you may be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although PTSD is typically associated with the military or with first responders, anyone who has been exposed to a traumatic experience, regardless of the intensity, can suffer from PTSD symptoms. Seeking professional help for...

great New Year's resolutions for 2021

How to Set Great New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

As the new year approaches, your thoughts may naturally turn to resolutions for your life. The beginning of the year feels like a new beginning, with new possibilities, and most people want to take the opportunity to establish habits or accomplish goals that will help them feel revitalized. When...

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