What Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Depression and Addiction Look Like?

It’s common for those with a depressive order to struggle with substance abuse issues. Depression can lead many to attempt to distract themselves or mask the problem with drugs or alcohol, which may help them momentarily, but ultimately causes the depression to worsen. A dual diagnosis treatment program is often necessary to address these co-occurring…

What You Will Learn in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Drug and alcohol addiction can damage many areas of a person’s life. That includes relationships, career goals, self-confidence, and daily life skills. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly used therapies to help a person move forward in their lives through addiction recovery. A cognitive-behavioral therapy program teaches you how to control thoughts…

Man talking to therapist about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Countering the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

A new study published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information has found that positive childhood experiences (PCEs) are critical for excellent mental health in adulthood. The greater amount of negative childhood experiences a person has, the more likely they are to experience poor health as an adult. These adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may lead…

Couple and therapist discussing the Signs of a Codependent Relationship

9 Warning Signs of a Codependent Relationship

A codependent relationship is a kind of dysfunctional relationship where one person is a caretaker, and the other person takes advantage. Codependent relationships are extremely common among people with substance use issues. Typically, one partner will take care of the other to the extent of enabling that partner’s addictive behavior. Often, the caretaker is raised…

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In many communities, it’s an opportunity to participate in local events and activities that promote mental wellness. It’s also an ideal time to examine the way your own thoughts impact your quality of life. Many Americans struggle with conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma disorder, and more. Sadly, instead…

therapist and client discussing the connection between adhd and addiction

The Connection Between ADHD and Addiction

More than 6 million U.S. children from ages 2 to 17 are currently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also estimates that two-thirds of these children (64 percent) also have other co-occurring mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders (1). According to the National…