Could Online Therapy Be Right for You?

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Living on the cusp of the twenty-first century, we have unprecedented access to technology that can connect us with people. There has never been more ways for people to communicate with each other, allowing people from all over the world to connect with each other. In this new context, many therapists, counselors, and researchers are […]

California’s State Bills That Could Harm Rehabs

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The state of California has a long and distinguished history of being an important place for healing, accommodating those with a variety of disabilities and illnesses. In 1880, the town of Los Angeles had a population of 11,000. That quickly swelled to over 100,000, largely due to clinics that popped up to treat tuberculosis and […]

Cultivating a Positive Body Image

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We live in a society where it can sometimes feel hard to love ourselves and our bodies. Media often shows photoshopped images of supermodels’ “perfect” bodies, alongside a flood of subtle negative comments reflecting assumptions that you have to look a certain way. Many people struggle with scrutinizing parts of their bodies, feeling deeply dissatisfied […]

Antisocial Behavior And Addiction

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Antisocial behavior can be defined as behaviors that don’t conform to social norms, and that include thoughts, actions, and relationships that are destructive. Those who have antisocial behavior patterns will act with little regard for the feelings of others or what kind of consequences their actions will have on others. They may also behave aggressively […]

SAMHSA’s Push for Treatment for Women of Color

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Issues of substance abuse and mental illness do not just affect the individual involved, but have a larger impact on the community as a whole. Since 1992, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has been working in education and public health, and all areas of government, to help advance mental and behavioral […]

Pain Management That Avoids Addiction

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A 2014 report by the World Health Organization found that opioid overdoses cause almost 70,000 deaths per year worldwide. While prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin have been tremendously helpful for many people in chronic pain, these drugs also carry tremendous danger for abuse and addiction. Living with severe chronic pain can make every […]

Dealing With Post-Acute Withdrawal in Late Recovery

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Recovery is a lifelong process, because the decision to remain sober is one that has to be made every day anew. Many people think that the “hard part” of addiction recovery will end after a limited time in a rehab center, and that life will return to normal after the toxic substances have been removed […]

Can Medication Help With Your Recovery?

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The modern recovery movement can trace itself to ideas laid out in the “big book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, which was first published in 1939. While many fundamental principles that have remained unchanged since then, science has made tremendous relevant discoveries about how the human brain works and is affected by addiction. A truly effective, holistic […]

Determining When You Need Treatment

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness has found that almost half of the people diagnosed with a mental health disorder also have a substance abuse problem, and that 37 percent of those who abuse alcohol, and 53 of those who abuse drugs also have a mental health issue. The relationship between mental illness and addiction […]

Exploring Alternatives to 12 Step Programs

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There are countless options for addiction rehab and it can be overwhelming to decide what type of treatment will work best for each individual. Every recovery program is unique in its own way and an addict must make sure to choose something that will make them feel comfortable and at home in that particular environment. […]