Why Therapy is Essential for Treating Addiction

Why Therapy is Essential for Treating Addiction

Most people assume the remedy for recovery involves detox and abstinence from the drugs/alcohol. The truth is, this is only the beginning. Recovery is a lifelong process, one that requires discipline and most importantly intensive treatment and therapy. Addiction is usually a symptom of an underlying issue such as trauma, abuse, grief, and many other … Continue reading Why Therapy is Essential for Treating Addiction

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How Couples Can Weather the Storm of Addiction and Begin to Heal

  There are very few things that can bring a solid, loving relationship down as efficiently as addiction. Dependence on drugs and/or alcohol bleeds into every facet of a relationship and breeds lies, animosity, resentment and even infidelity. From identifying the addiction, confronting your partner, getting help, and mending what’s broken, it is a struggle … Continue reading How Couples Can Weather the Storm of Addiction and Begin to Heal

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Theories of Addiction

What causes addiction? Special Authored Article by Rose Locking What “cures” it? There are so many theories, and yes, some are evidence backed. But ultimately, we don’t really know as much as we should. From the causes to the cures, let’s look at some common theories on addiction treatment, and explore some popular beliefs that have … Continue reading Theories of Addiction

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Trauma And Addiction: How Parents Can Help Their Kids

Special Authored Article by Rose Locking As much as we want to protect our children, bad things still happen. Early childhood trauma has a profound effect on quality of life for children well into adulthood. It’s important that children who are traumatized get the help they need right away. Early intervention is key when substance use … Continue reading Trauma And Addiction: How Parents Can Help Their Kids

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Recovery, Support and 12-Step Groups

Let me clear up some confusion.  There are various names for similar recovery organizations. You might hear "self-help group" "support group" "12-step" or even "peer group".  In the medical community they call it Mutual Aid Support. That sounds a little clunky to my ear, but okay, I can go with it. What do these groups do? These groups normally … Continue reading Recovery, Support and 12-Step Groups

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Are you a drug addict or alcoholic with no insurance?

Look no further. You most likely are not aware that treatment for addiction and alcoholism are essential health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. All plans must cover: Behavioral health treatment ( like counseling and therapy) Mental and behavioral health inpatient services Substance use disorder treatment (commonly referred to as alcoholism, addiction or substance abuse) Your specific behavioral health benefits will … Continue reading Are you a drug addict or alcoholic with no insurance?

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

I never heard much about bipolar disorder until I started spending time with alcoholics. No wonder since bipolar disorder and alcoholism are often linked together. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to half the people who have bipolar disorder also struggle with alcoholism. What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness. It … Continue reading What is Bipolar Disorder?

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How many types of mental health professionals are there

Admitting you need help is difficult. Seeking recovery for mental, emotional, spiritual, or relationship issues can be particularly challenging. You must also factor in your healthcare options. What services does your healthcare provider cover? Here are some options .... there are quite a few. Psychologist When many people think of a psychologist, the first image that … Continue reading How many types of mental health professionals are there

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Is an alcoholic or drug addict making you sick Part 2

Part one talked about the 12-step fellowship called Al-Anon. As a quick review — Al-Anon is a group that can help a person who is in pain, caused by a loved one’s alcoholism or addiction. But, what if you have tried five or six meetings and it just does not work for you? Or, what if … Continue reading Is an alcoholic or drug addict making you sick Part 2