Signs You Need Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Signs You Need Dual Diagnosis Treatment

More than 7 million people have a dual diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder and another mental health condition. But the substance abuse disorder can cloud the signs of the dual diagnosis. When you’re in the throes of addiction, the substance abuse problem can seem like the most pressing issue to address. While it’s important […]

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Approximately 38% of people with substance abuse disorder have a concurrent mental health disorder. People with bipolar disorder are more likely to have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder than individuals with other anxiety, mood or psychotic disorders. Therefore, it’s important to understand the link between bipolar disorder and addiction. How are Bipolar Disorder and Addiction […]

The Relationship Between Depression and Substance Abuse

The Relationship Between Depression and Substance Abuse

When two or more mental illnesses occur together, it’s known as a dual diagnosis. It’s not uncommon for people with substance use disorder to be diagnosed with depression, and vice versa. Substance use disorder can worsen symptoms of depression, and signs of depression can make a substance use disorder worse. Getting out of the cycle […]

Alcohol and Aging: Does Drinking Alcohol Make You Look Older

Alcohol and Aging: Does Drinking Alcohol Make You Look Older

Does alcohol age you? If you struggle with alcohol abuse, it’s not just the hangover making you feel achy and look haggard. You could be suffering from the aging effects of alcohol. Alcohol impacts your health on many levels, and the effects of alcohol on skin and aging can make you feel less than your […]

Codependency in Recovery

Codependency in Recovery

Building healthy relationships and getting support from others is essential during recovery. However, people who are trying to get clean often struggle with codependent relationships. Codependency recovery programs allow people with addiction histories and their loved ones to establish balanced, constructive relationships. What Is Codependency? At first glance, codependency can look like a loving, helpful […]

5 Long-Term Effects of Benzodiazepine Abuse

5 Long-Term Effects of Benzodiazepine Abuse

Benzodiazepines are sedatives that are often prescribed for anxiety and insomnia. They’re often effective in the short term. These medications can help you relax, reduce the number of overwhelming thoughts so that you can get through the day, improve sleep issues and soothe your nerves when you feel panicky. But dependence on benzodiazepines is an […]

6 Ways Addiction Changes Your Personality

6 Ways Addiction Changes Your Personality

Addiction can affect your life in many ways. It can damage your health, your relationships, your career, and your finances. Perhaps the biggest impact is on your brain. Prolonged substance use changes your balance of neurotransmitters and can even change the structure of your brain. These changes affect your mood, your ability to think, and […]

5 Physical Symptoms of Depression 

Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression Affects Recovery Depression is a condition where low levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin can lead to feelings of anxiety and hopelessness. Understanding the physical symptoms of depression can help you or a family member see the signs early.  While there are many manifestations of this condition, it is often a contributing factor in […]

How Weather Affects Your Mood

How Weather Affects Your Mood

Is the weather affecting your mood? Everyone is familiar with the way the weather can influence wellbeing. This can vary from person to person depending on preference and associations.  For example, one person might feel happier on sunny days because they love to go the beach, while another may enjoy the nostalgia of snow during […]

What is Emotional Sobriety and How Do You Practice It?

Emotional Sobriety

Physical sobriety means that you abstain from alcohol and drugs. While that’s essential for recovery, emotional sobriety is also important. Emotional sobriety involves being able to regulate your feelings so that you can cope with all aspects of life without returning to drugs. What Is Emotional Sobriety? Many people are confused after they complete a […]