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Pressure and Expectation

As individuals consider or pursue recovery from substance abuse, expectations and pressures arise. Some of these pressures and expectations are great—they include internal or external pressures to get healthy for yourself and your loved ones and dreams and expectations of the benefits of a drug-free life. Pressures and expectations keep people going through challenging times […]

How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Combat Veteran

Experiencing trauma, no matter the cause, can result in a condition known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); however, for people in the military who have experienced combat, the condition can be even more severe than usual. With PTSD, even the smallest noises or changes in routine can bring on nightmares, flashbacks and extreme anxiety, but […]

Why Families of Addicts Should Seek Counseling for Codependency

The terms codependency and enabling are often tossed about when the topic of addiction arises, but the role of the family in addiction and recovery is not examined as deeply as it should be. Addiction is a family disease because, as the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence[1] shares, addiction, “stresses the family to […]

What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

Any problem in life can be worked through. When life is difficult, this may not seem like the reality of the situation, but with help you can learn how to manage emotions, mental health issues and addiction. When you know how to respond to stressful situations and mental states, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed […]

Why You Should Avoid Stressed and Tired Decisions

Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone experiences it in the same way or with the same results. The journal Alcohol Research & Health explains that “reactions to a given type of stress vary between individuals, and physiological and behavioral responses tend to be associated with distinct coping styles.” Unfortunately, not all coping styles are healthy, […]

3 Decades of Legislation and the Changing Views on Mental Health

The end of the last century and beginning of this one has seen great progress in regard to how the law views mental health. There has been an increase in access to mental health treatment and greater understanding of mental health issues and the individuals who face them, so people can recover from these problems […]

Why a Hypomanic Episode Doesn’t Actually Help You Function

A hypomanic episode is one step below mania—its very name implies a “lesser” problem than mania, which is marked by a break with reality or a need for hospitalization. As it means and is often perceived as lesser, it is easy to believe that a hypomanic episode is not as much of a problem nor […]

The Connection Between Caring for Your Mind and Caring for Your Body

The relationship between mind and body is one that has long been explored and studied in both medical and complementary or alternative medicine fields. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that ancient practices such as yoga and meditation have been making the connection between mental and physical health for centuries, while modern medicine has […]

4 Ways to Identify Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Yourself

We all face worry, but, if this worry seems out of scale, out of context or out of control, then it may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Listed below are four ways to identify GAD, so take action to get your anxiety under control. Identify GAD by Knowing the Symptoms When identifying […]

How to Come to Terms with Your Drug Use

Admitting you have a problem is one of the hardest parts of recovery. Coming to terms with your drug use is a process and often a difficult one. Here are a few ways to make it easier to process your drug use: Determine if you have a habit of drug use. This means you are […]