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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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4 Behaviors that Occur During the Cycle of Addiction

4 Behaviors that Occur During the Cycle of Addiction

Although addiction is different for everyone, there are some distinctive behaviors that happen when people abuse drugs and alcohol.

Why is Recovery So Overwhelming?

Why is Recovery So Overwhelming?

You may have just become sober and already want to throw in the towel.

The ABC’s of Recovery

The ABC’s of Recovery

To be able to be successful at the most important things in life, a foundation must be firmly put into place to remain prosperous. Having the fundamental ABC’s of recovery are a great tool to help you find something that you may need to keep you flourishing in your recovery.

What Does “Getting Centered” Really Mean?

What Does “Getting Centered” Really Mean?

Addiction has a way of getting people off balance and unsteady in their day to day life.

5 Tips to Make Easter Fun in Sobriety

5 Tips to Make Easter Fun in Sobriety

It is Easter time and you are sober. You may be asking yourself what you can do to continue to stay sober during this spring holiday.

What is Sub-Acute Detox?

What is Sub-Acute Detox?

For someone to get off drugs and alcohol there is typically a detoxification that the body must go through to be rid of mind-altering substances that can set off withdrawal symptoms.

4 Misconceptions that People in Recovery Convince Themselves are the Truth

4 Misconceptions that People in Recovery Convince Themselves are the Truth

Addiction can be characterized by denial and delusions that the person who is under the influence will usually perpetuate with complete contradiction.

What Type of Therapy is Right for You?

What Type of Therapy is Right for You?

When you think of therapy you might envision laying on a couch having to blab your deepest, darkest secrets in front of a therapist that you do not even really know.

Why Recovery is the Antidote for Addiction

Why Recovery is the Antidote for Addiction

There is no cure for addiction except for not using or drinking in any capacity.

Are Hydromorphone Vending Machines the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?

Are Hydromorphone Vending Machines the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?

Finding a solution to the opioid crisis is one of the most important issues that are on the minds of people across the world.

Ways Dialectical Behavior Therapy Works in Recovery

Ways Dialectical Behavior Therapy Works in Recovery

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy treatment that has been helpful to treat patients that have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse.

How Can I Switch My Attitude to Gratitude?

How Can I Switch My Attitude to Gratitude?

You have probably heard in a 12-Step meeting about turning your attitude into gratitude and it may have instead turned your stomach.

Ways to Spring into Action With Recovery

Ways to Spring into Action With Recovery

Springtime is a beautiful time of the year where most people start doing new things that they could not do while they were hibernating during the colder months of fall and winter.

Reclaiming your Life Back in Recovery

Reclaiming your Life Back in Recovery

Addiction took a lot out of you when you were out there. There are many things that addiction rips to shreds that you may think is impossible to restore due to the amount of damage that was caused.

7 Signs That Anxiety is Ruling Your Life

7 Signs That Anxiety is Ruling Your Life

Life can be chaotic and with the all things that you have on your to do list, there is no doubt that you are probably experiencing anxiety in some form or another.

Why Do I Need a Sponsor?

Why Do I Need a Sponsor?

Sobriety is meant to be spent with others.

Are There Phases of Relapse?

Are There Phases of Relapse?

Saying someone “slipped” is one of the terminologies that people in recovery will use to indicate that someone has relapsed.

How to Develop an Aftercare Plan

How to Develop an Aftercare Plan

Getting help in a rehabilitation facility and finally detoxing off drugs and alcohol is the best decision that you can make for your addiction.

What is Geriatric Depression?

What is Geriatric Depression?

Feeling sad and “blue” are pretty common feelings that many people will experience throughout their lifetime.

Best ways to Cope with Your Addiction

Best ways to Cope with Your Addiction

Plain and simple – addiction is hard on your body, mind, and soul.

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