Gratitude Proves to Help those with Alcohol and Drug Addiction

It’s that time of year again. Turkey. Family. Gifts. Ringing in the New Year. But if you’re dealing with alcohol and drug addiction, the holidays can add insult to injury. Bells aren’t ringing; treats feel like tricks; and gift boxes hold empty promises. At times, you may feel that there is no hope, because that’s.. read more →

Substance use disorders and mental health disorders often go hand-in-hand. When someone has symptoms of both types of disorders, they are referred to as co-occurring, co-morbid, or dual diagnosis. Rehab for a co-occurring disorder should include coordinated services for both substance abuse and mental health issues. Many people have co-occurring disorders—in fact, statistics say that 50%.. read more →

Mental health disorders can come in a variety of forms, as can substance use disorders. When they occur together in the same person, medical professionals use the term “co-occurring”, “co-morbid”, or “dual diagnosis”. Many people have co-occurring disorders—in fact, some statistics say that as many as 1 in 5 American adults dealt with a mental.. read more →

Most of us either know someone who is battling with a mental health and/or addiction problem—or, at some point in our lives, had to deal with one ourselves. Often, though, we are apt to keep it a secret: the stigma of mental health and addiction disorders is still strong and can affect a person’s life.. read more →

About seventy-five years ago, two late-stage alcoholics in Akron, Ohio banded together to form Alcoholics Anonymous. The limited goal of these men at the time was simply to save their own lives. They were unaware that they were starting one of the most important social movements in recorded history. One thing that they were keenly.. read more →

The war on drugs is a lot more than a phrase that you hear on the news. It’s a battle that’s been waged for longer than most people realize. But while lawmakers have focused on incarcerating addicts, drug treatment centers work tirelessly to help individuals – the people with substance addictions. The problem is that.. read more →

Here are a few lines from one of the most popular and influential books of all time on drug and alcohol recovery: Some will be willing to term themselves “problem drinkers” but cannot endure the suggestion that they are in fact mentally ill. Sanity is defined as “soundness of mind”. Yet no alcoholic [or addict],.. read more →

Anyone who was at least of high school age during the 1980’s will probably remember the “War on Drugs.” This ‘war’ was supposed to curb the drug abuse epidemic in America. Unfortunately, the War on Drugs turned out to be disastrous. In the past few years, Americans have demanded change from the failed War on.. read more →

While almost half of people addicted to drugs or alcohol are also diagnosed with a mental health disorder, only a small fragment will suffer from something as troublesome as schizoaffective disorder and addiction. Schizoaffective disorder can be defined by symptoms of schizophrenia—including hallucinations or delusions—and symptoms of a mood disorder, typically either depression or bipolar disorder... read more →

While many people might be called perfectionists, a smaller number of individuals suffer from a diagnosable disease that goes far beyond perfectionism. For people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), intruding thoughts and feelings, fears, or mental images cause them anxiety, which prompts them to perform repetitive rituals. These fears, feelings, or thoughts are called obsessions, and.. read more →