mental health and addiction

You Are Not Alone | Mental Health and Addiction

Mental health issues and addiction to drugs or alcohol are often intertwined. Treatment for mental health and addiction must address both to be truly effective. If you are one of the many people in this country experiencing mental illness or substance use disorders, know that you are not alone...

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The Link Between Addiction and Suicide Risk

September has been designated as National Suicide Prevention Month. World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10. Although we focus on suicide prevention throughout the year, we take this opportunity in September to look at the link between addiction and suicide risk. It is particularly important to understand the causes...

explaining addiction to a non-addict

Tips for Explaining Addiction to a Non-Addict

Explaining addiction to a non-addict might seem like a tall order. People carry deep misunderstandings about substance use disorders. Changing their thinking about addiction takes time and patience. However, it is essential to make the effort. Misconceptions of addiction have very real consequences for people who need treatment. Many of...

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If You Relapse, Do You Need to Go Back to Treatment?

Diabetes is never cured. Likewise, doctors rarely tell a cancer patient that their condition is cured; it’s far more likely that if signs and symptoms are gone, they are told that they are in remission. Just like these diseases, there is no cure for addiction; there are strategies to manage...

how shame fuels addiction

How Shame Fuels Addiction

The addiction treatment community is constantly learning more about how shame fuels addiction; the more we learn, the more we can help people move forward in recovery. Guilt, embarrassment, depression, hopelessness - these feelings are cornerstones of the toxic ways in which people with addictions think about themselves. They often...

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What is EMDR Therapy – And Can It Help With Addiction?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) offers hope to people who have been deeply affected by one or more traumatic events. People have complex reactions to trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and several other chronic psychological conditions. EMDR therapy is a form of psychotherapy that provides a promising approach...