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Beating the Blues in Sobriety

Things are pretty rough for the first 30 days or so. We are forced to take an honest and thorough look at ourselves right off the bat – we sit through hours of intensive therapy, cry on the shoulders of our peers, and do our very best to heal our minds, bodies, and spirits. We…

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Trauma Focused Addiction Treatment

Kathryn Taylor, M.A., LPC/MHSP There are so many emerging treatments for addiction and related mental health disorders that it can seem overwhelming to choose the best way to feel better. One type of treatment worth considering is trauma-focused addiction treatment. This type of treatment works to help gently uncover the causes behind substance use and…

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Does Alcoholism Cause Depression?

Plainly and simply, alcohol is a depressant. This means that if you drink an excessive amount on a regular basis, you become exceedingly more likely to get the blues. Drinking to excess for a prolonged period of time can lead to serious and sometimes irreversible brain damage – and has been known to cause depression.…

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Addiction – A Progressive Illness

Substance dependency, like many other chronic, relapsing diseases, is highly progressive. This simply means that if left untreated, symptoms will progressively worsen – they will never get better on their own. The progressive nature of this particular disease is unique in the sense that even men and women who go into remission remain at risk…

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The Ethical Treatment of Addicts

What Are Ethics? Ethics are generally observed as the group of moral standards that govern the behavior of an individual or a group. Ethics are concerned with the differentiation between right and wrong when it comes to humanity and human action. Most of the time, upholding an adequate set of ethical standards is not all…

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Men and Alcoholism – Why Men Drink More

It has been long-since proven that men are more likely than women to drink excessively, with roughly 4.5 percent of all men nationwide meeting the criteria for alcohol dependency within the past year (as compared to 2.5 percent of women). Additionally, men are significantly more inclined to take related risks while under the influence, such…

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Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental disorder, characterized by sudden and intense changes in mood, energy level, and behavior. Those afflicted with bipolar disorder suffer from higher rates of interpersonal problems, economic instability, substance dependency, and attempted suicide than members of the general public. The relationship between bipolar disorder and substance dependency has been studied…

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Is My Child Doing Drugs?

As a parent, it is normal to be concerned about the prevalence of drug addiction amongst youth. The idea that your own child may be engaging in such an unhealthy and potentially unsafe trend is surely unsettling – to say the least. While it is normal for adolescents and young adults to experiment with chemical…

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Addiction and Depression

Substance dependency and depression are very common comorbid disorders – the National Institute of Health recently reported that nearly one-third of individuals who had been diagnosed with depression simultaneously suffered from a substance abuse or dependency disorder at some point in their lives. The National Comorbidity Study found that men who suffered from alcohol dependence…