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Eating Disorders and Substance Addiction: The Importance of Simultaneous Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
Jan 23, 2024

Substance use disorders (SUDs) often go hand in hand with mental health disorders—such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc. There’s even a term for the simultaneous existence of these two conditions: co-occurring disorder.1 However, some people fail to realize that eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, binge eating, etc. are mental health issues. […]

Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
Oct 28, 2021

Many individuals in the United States struggle with depression and anxiety. As a result, many of those who have  been appropriately diagnosed by a licensed therapist, or some other licensed medical professional, have been prescribed antidepressants in an effort to curtail the symptoms. And with October being Antidepressant Death Awareness Month, this is a great […]

Childhood Trauma and Substance Misuse
May 17, 2021

Myriad factors can lead people to use and ultimately misuse substances. However, childhood trauma appears to be a key factor related to substance use disorders. Childhood trauma can stem from any number of things, but some causes include neglect along with physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. These traumatic experiences can make the individual more susceptible […]

3 Effective Recovery Tips for People with Social Anxiety
Apr 9, 2021

Social anxiety is more than shyness—it’s a mental health condition that can seriously affect a person’s ability to interact with others. This can make addiction recovery challenging. Many recovery programs emphasize social interaction and fellowship as a means to long-term sobriety. But it’s not impossible! There are many things you can do to help make […]

Amidst the Pandemic Mental Health Ratings Drop
Jan 1, 2021

Let’s face it; 2020 hasn’t been a particularly good year by any metric. For Americans, having to contend with the first pandemic in nearly a century, routine protests, and a stressful election season has taken a toll on mental health ratings. Reports of mental health and wellness have dropped nearly nine points since 2019, the […]

Pros and Cons of Animal-Assisted Therapy
Dec 18, 2020

Most of us would agree that the presence of an animal can improve one’s mood and relieve feelings of loneliness. But when it comes to treating serious mental health issues such as addiction and co-occurring psychological disorders, even the most ardent animal lovers might be skeptical about how helpful our four-legged friends can be. Nevertheless, […]

A Novel and Abuse-Deterrent Medication for Anxiety Disorders: VistaGen PH94B
Dec 16, 2020

As with all forms of anxiety, social anxiety disorder (SAD) can destroy our ability to connect with others. Oftentimes, anxiety can lead us to believe that we’re “different”, “too much”, or “not enough”. Someone with SAD may feel extreme fear or anxiety in social situations and feel uncomfortable meeting new people or simply having a […]

Tips to Overcome Addiction During COVID-19
Oct 7, 2020

These are difficult and unprecedented times. The added stress of a global pandemic, subsequent financial strains, and the fact that there are so few outside distractions available compounds the difficulty of staying in recovery. Here are a few suggestions on how to maintain sobriety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Managing Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic […]

Kevin Hines and Suicide Awareness Month
Sep 8, 2020

The 4200-foot suspension span. The 270.9-foot drop from the middle of the overpass into the unforgiving waters below. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California is quite a spectacle to witness firsthand. Even the online images alone are breathtaking. Unfortunately, this landmark has served as a solution to many who desired to end their […]

The Dangers of Drinking After Work
Sep 1, 2020

Drinking after work is often seen as a sort of professional ritual. Whether you’re grabbing a beer at a bar with coworkers after a long day or having a glass of wine while attending a formal event to make connections, alcohol can be prescient. Many may consider a drink after work as a way to […]

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