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Being LGBTQ in Treatment: Will it Be Different For Me?

It is a common belief amongst mental health professionals, as well as researchers, that members of the LGBT+ community are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than the general population. I mean, hey, I myself and my lesbian wife are both in recovery for different addictions, yet we had very different lives before we … Read moreBeing LGBTQ in Treatment: Will it Be Different For Me?

Why Do People Fear the Fourth Step?

Most of the time when people think of a 12-step fellowship, they think of Alcoholics Anonymous, however, there’s actually a 12-step group for just about any addiction out there, including: Narcotics Anonymous Codependents Anonymous Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, etc. These fellowships are meant for the loved ones of addicts. Some people attend for different reasons. While some go because … Read moreWhy Do People Fear the Fourth Step?

DJ Avicii’s Death Highlights Mental Illness & Addiction

Tom Bergling, better known by his stage name, Avicii, was a Swedish musician, songwriter, DJ, and producer who achieved major mainstream success across the globe at a young age. While he began pursuing his career goals at the age of 16 around 2005, he was signed to a record label by 18 years old, while … Read moreDJ Avicii’s Death Highlights Mental Illness & Addiction

The Connection Between Sleep and Mental Health

Many people know sleep problems can be a symptom of mental illness, but not everyone realizes that sleep issues can also cause mood disorders. These two are so deeply intertwined it’s hard to know which one is to blame: – Sleep problems are more likely to affect patients with mental disorders– Sleep problems may increase … Read moreThe Connection Between Sleep and Mental Health

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Unfortunately, stigmas against people suffering from mental illness are all too common. You may even judge yourself as someone fighting a mental disorder. There are two main types of discrimination you could see: Intentional – this could be someone making a negative remark about your illness or even your treatment. Unintentional – someone could avoid … Read moreOvercoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Getting Treatment for Stimulant Addiction

Some prescription stimulants can have plenty of positive uses, but when they are abused, or when illicit ones are consumed, this drug use can turn into a dangerous stimulant addiction that requires rehab. What is a Stimulant? A few of the most common prescription stimulants that are abused include Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin and ephedrine. Illicit … Read moreGetting Treatment for Stimulant Addiction

Treating PTSD: Many Options for this Difficult Disorder

Many people associate PTSD with something that only occurs in combat military veterans, but in fact 7.8% of all Americans suffer from this disorder. PTSD results from a catastrophic or natural event – this can include combat situations, personal assault, sexual violence, accidents and natural disasters. Sufferers can have flashbacks, emotional numbness and insomnia. Why … Read moreTreating PTSD: Many Options for this Difficult Disorder