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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014. And according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 44 million Americans experience mental health disorders every year. Those numbers are growing.

As our country and communities continue to confront the impact of addiction and mental health issues, we must take a closer look at the causes, damage, and solutions. Written by our licensed, experienced mental health professionals, our blog explores a wide range of topics around substance abuse, mental health, and the effect on real lives. We invite you to read our most current blog posts below.

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Tips to Act on What We Know in Recovery

Tips to Act on What We Know in Recovery

When we get into recovery, we begin to hear many things that are intended to disturb us about our addiction.

Why Are States Suing Pharmaceutical Companies?

Why Are States Suing Pharmaceutical Companies?

Since 1998 with the Big Tobacco take down, there has not been as crucial of a lawsuit that have formed than the ones that have been established in the past year against Big Pharma.

Should Parents Give Alcohol to Their Underage Teens?

Should Parents Give Alcohol to Their Underage Teens?

Teens have an 86 percent chance of already drinking alcohol before their twenty first birthday.

Ways to Have Heart in Sobriety

Ways to Have Heart in Sobriety

To become addicted to drugs and alcohol is usually not what someone desires to do when they grow up.

Why do People Cut Themselves?

Why do People Cut Themselves?

Around 2 million cases of people that cause nonsuicidal self-injury to themselves are reported annually.

The Addicted Narcissist

The Addicted Narcissist

One of the most difficult types of people to have to deal with is an addicted narcissist.

What is a Process Addiction?

What is a Process Addiction?

Compulsion to enact a behavior despite its negative consequences is how a process addiction is defined.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

When someone has committed to receiving help for their addiction, mental health disorder, or a dual diagnosis they will have to decide where they want to get their treatment from.

What You Should Know About the Designer Drug: N-Bomb

What You Should Know About the Designer Drug: N-Bomb

25l-NBOMe was discovered in 2003 as a synthetic hallucinogen that was originally produced to map the brain’s type 2A serotonin receptors in biochemistry research.

What are Character Defects of Addiction?

What are Character Defects of Addiction?

The human race is a melting pot full of people that are successful, charming, beautiful, or even addicted, who all possess faults.

Will Drug and Alcohol Addiction Affect Your Spirituality?

Will Drug and Alcohol Addiction Affect Your Spirituality?

You may have heard people say being under the influence of drugs or alcohol may indeed make them a better driver or even a funnier or nicer person.

The Impact that Eating Disorders Had on the 2018 Olympics

The Impact that Eating Disorders Had on the 2018 Olympics

Figure skating is a sport that is not only judged on athleticism, but with the entire presentation of the figure skater.

Am I Exercising for Health or Addiction?

Am I Exercising for Health or Addiction?

Physical activity has been medically proven to be part of a healthy lifestyle regimen.

Frances Bean Cobain Speaks Out About Her Addiction

Frances Bean Cobain Speaks Out About Her Addiction

When Kurt Cobain took his life 24 years ago on April 5th there was grief and loss for more than just his fans.

How a Family Should Intervene During Addiction

How a Family Should Intervene During Addiction

The entire family is typically overwhelmed with the effects of another family member’s addiction.

What is a Recovery Coach?

What is a Recovery Coach?

People that do well in life usually have had some sort of mentor or teacher that has encouraged them or prepared them for success.

Reasons to Wait to Have a Relationship in Sobriety

Reasons to Wait to Have a Relationship in Sobriety

Sobriety at times can seem lonely even though you are often surrounded by your recovery peeps.

Are you a Double Winner?

Are you a Double Winner?

Someone with an addiction will at some point have somebody in their life that enables their behavior.

What You Should Know About Ritalin Abuse

What You Should Know About Ritalin Abuse

A user of Ritalin may have started using the prescription medicine as a child when they were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or might have maintained an distinctively high level of activity.

What Does Being Terminally Unique Reveal About You?

What Does Being Terminally Unique Reveal About You?

Having an addiction or a mental illness can make it appear that you are dissimilar to others by making you feel dejected from the people around you.

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