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Obdurate Behavior in Recovery

Here you are in recovery for an addiction. Your family has practically disowned you, it’s been months since any of your friends called, your kids never answer your phone calls, and you feel like a complete failure. All is not lost. You can be in the worst state of your life from living in aRead More

What Helps to Break the Pattern of Depression?

Not all therapists use the same strategies for dealing with your depression. Notice the ownership language used in the first sentence, your depression. Does this sound familiar? Hi, I’m Bill, or Jane, and I’m an alcoholic. This kind of language puts an adhesive label on you. I am a depressed person, and or, I amRead More

Sitting with Uncomfortable Feelings

Why would anyone want to sit with uncomfortable feelings? While doing just that can seem like the worst possible choice, it can actually lead to feeling better. Chances are, either consciously or unconsciously, we began drinking in earnest to try to forget or distance ourselves from uncomfortable feelings. The problem with using a substance toRead More

What is OCD and is it a Mental Health Issue?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that impacts thoughts and behaviors. There are many variations of OCD that manifest differently for each individual in their struggles and challenges. Learn more about OCD and whether or not it is typically seen as a mental health issue. Symptoms of OCD OCD symptoms include specific typesRead More

The Positive Benefits of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

A variety of treatments are available to help people who struggle with serious substance abuse issues and other mental health challenges. Some treatments rely on medication, while others use non-medication based behavioral modifications. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a way of helping people process pain, trauma, and other mental health issues in a supported contextRead More

OCD with Addiction

Over 2 million Americans are diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) which causes someone to perform ritualistic behaviors and have intrusive thoughts. A person who suffers from OCD experiences unreasonable conduct that is completely based off fear. The compulsions are repeated actions such as hand washing, cleaning, counting, or inspecting incompatible elements. The obsessions are consistentRead More

What is a Mental Health Court?

The local courts recurrently offer criminals who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction a way to rehabilitate themselves while being under the court’s supervision. Whether the judicial system provides a rehabilitation program inside the jail or an outpatient court-ordered program, they give those who want to stop using drugs and alcohol a chance to changeRead More

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