Art Therapy and Substance Abuse

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Art Therapy and Substance Abuse Have you ever noticed how much listening to music on a drive home relaxes you after a long day? Maybe you’ve even felt the sensation of being taken to another place when drawing! It’s possible you’ve experienced the therapeutic benefits of art.     What is art therapy? There are […]

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OCD and Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol

OCD and addiction

OCD and Addiction by Claire Godden While alcohol and drugs may provide a temporary reprieve from symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the combination only serves to worsen the condition over time. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear” –  Mark Twain Seeking early treatment for OCD  is extremely important […]

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OCD and Substance Abuse

ocd and substance abuse

OCD and Substance Abuse “A physical sensation crawls up my arm as I avoid compulsions. But if I complete it, the world resets itself for a moment like everything will be just fine. But only for a moment.” —  Mardy M. Berlinger Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was briefly discussed in the previous blog written about […]

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Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

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Research and evidence based practices have indicated that Eating Disorders and other Addictive conditions have overlapping similarities. This blog article will discuss Eating Disorders and the similarities between Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Disorder, as well as treatment methods. An Eating disorder is a serious and often fatal illness that is characterized by irregular eating […]

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment What is Dual Diagnosis Dual diagnosis, aka co-occurring disorders, is a term used for individuals who struggle with both a mental disorder and alcohol or drug abuse. With dual diagnosis, either disorder can begin to appear first. People who struggle with a mental health condition will sometimes turn to drugs and/or alcohol […]

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Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

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It is very common for those who struggle with substance abuse to also struggle with an additional mental illness or disorder. One of the more common dual diagnoses with Substance Abuse is Bipolar Disorder.  More than half of those seeking treatment for Bipolar Disorder are also in treatment for substance abuse. It’s important to understand […]

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Anger Management in Recovery

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Anger Management by Claire Godden “I don’t need anger management. I need everyone else to stop pissing me off” The topic of Anger Management during recovery must not be overlooked. An addict may be using substances to control or mask anger or to numb feelings in general. But numbing and, therefore, avoiding the feeling means […]

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Anxiety Disorder and Substance Abuse

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Experiencing anxiety in life is inevitable. But it’s not all bad. Anxiety is a survival skill. In fact, anxiety played an important role in ancient humans. Thousands of years ago, when Homo Sapiens inhabited the earth, anxiety was used when taking action during immediate danger and problems. For example, a lion may appear in the […]

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ADHD in Recovery

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Managing ADHD in Recovery ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the numerous psychiatric disorders I have encountered. Through these encounters I have seen the impact that this disorder has on someone’s mental well being and those around them. Managing ADHD is hard enough on its own and throwing recovery into the mix can be […]

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Chronic Relapse

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Chronic Relapse Author: Claire Godden Addiction in itself is a chronic brain disease and anyone who is attempting sobriety is at risk for relapse. But what makes some of us stay in recovery while others relapse over and over again? The cycle that is chronic relapse happens for a variety of reasons and can mean […]

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