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Getting Help for Yourself When a Loved One Struggles with Addiction

When a person is addicted to harmful substances, it takes a toll on everyone around them. Watching someone you care about struggle with drug or alcohol abuse can create feelings of helplessness, angst, and fear. The High Toll of Addiction When you become physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted, you can’t maintain your wellbeing, let alone Read more about Getting Help for Yourself When a Loved One Struggles with Addiction[…]

How Does Marriage Counseling Work?

Couples going through a rough patch or seeking to strengthen their shared bond often seem to resist the idea of professional counseling services. Many people have their own ideas of what couples therapy is like and what it can do for a relationship. Understanding how counseling works goes a long way in providing clarity and Read more about How Does Marriage Counseling Work?[…]

Helping Students with Mental Illness

How Teachers and Counselors Can Help Students with Mental Health Disorders School students today face so many challenges as they navigate their way through adolescence. For middle school and high school students suffering from mental and behavioral health conditions as well as substance abuse issues, a day at school can often seem unbearable. But with Read more about Helping Students with Mental Illness[…]

The Stages of Brain Development and Substance Abuse

The brain is a very complex organ and the more we learn about how it develops, the more we understand how substance abuse impacts its development process. There are five crucial stages of brain development during a person’s life. Here is a breakdown of each stage and how substance abuse can affect it. Stage 1: Read more about The Stages of Brain Development and Substance Abuse[…]

Prescription Opioid Cutback

2017 Opioid Cutback—What is It? And is it Working?

Last October the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it would be reducing the amount of “almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that may be manufactured in the United States in 2017 by 25 percent or more.” Some examples of schedule II controlled substances include oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, morphine, codeine, and hydrocodone. Read more about 2017 Opioid Cutback—What is It? And is it Working?[…]


Effects of Stimulants on the Body

Ever since Adderall was made available as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 1996, the use of stimulants has been on the rise. What many stimulant users are looking for is an immediate reaction to enhance their alertness, attention, and energy. After experiencing this heightened awareness, users often want more of the Read more about Effects of Stimulants on the Body[…]

Choosing group therapy or individual counseling

Group Therapy vs. Individual Therapy: Which Should You Choose?

Deciding it’s time to receive professional help to face a difficult situation can be a big step toward healing and self-growth. Seeking guidance from a licensed counselor equips you to address damaged relationships, cope with anxieties, navigate career moves, and much more. Because everyone enters therapy for their own reasons and maintains individual treatment goals, Read more about Group Therapy vs. Individual Therapy: Which Should You Choose?[…]

Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction is a disease, but it isn’t the only problem that some people face. As many as one-third of all addiction sufferers are also experiencing a mood or mental disorder. When this happens, they are said to have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Although any combination of addiction and mental health conditions can occur, Read more about Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders[…]

How to Approach Your Addicted Teen

How to Approach Your Addicted Teen

If you suspect your teen is addicted to alcohol or drugs, it can be an incredibly challenging and stressful time for your family. Substance abuse is a serious problem that many parents may not realize is happening until it deepens to the point of addiction. Parents may not understand the signs and symptoms of substance Read more about How to Approach Your Addicted Teen[…]

Tackling the Stress of Mental Health Stigma

Tackling the Stress of Mental Health Stigma

Mental health stigma is unfortunately not uncommon in American society, because many people misunderstand mental illness. Unfortunately, stigma is a serious issue for many who are affected by mental health conditions. The stress from stigmas can affect their ability to recover as much as actual mental illness symptoms. Why Mental Health Conditions Are Misunderstood Mental Read more about Tackling the Stress of Mental Health Stigma[…]