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What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much

• If you feel that you are taking too many prescriptions, seek professional consultation Prescription drugs are more accessible than they ever have been before. By many terms, this is a positive development in the field of medical care. However, it is not without downsides. Increasing numbers of patients are becoming addicted to prescriptions every year, leading to addictions, accidental overdoses, and sometimes,...

How Do Benzos Affect Your Brain Chemistry?

There are 15 FDA approved benzodiazepine medications on the market; all of which affect the central nervous system In the 1980s, benzodiazepines became some of the most widely prescribed medications in the United States. It was at this point that their addiction and abuse potential began to be seriously addressed, even though the drug had been discovered years earlier in the 1930s. “Librium” was the name of the...

What Is Counter-Dependency?

Counter-dependency, in simple terms, can be defined as a lack of trust or a feeling of detachment from other people Most of us are familiar with the term dependency and its implications when it comes to drug addiction. We may have come to learn that a person becomes dependent on a certain substance after abusing it for a period of time and now his body requires a consistent supply of said substance to be at ease and...

Does Winter Affect Mental Health Symptoms?

Understanding how seasonal changes can affect mental health symptoms can help those who struggle with addiction avoid relapse The change in seasons can often bring about feelings of depression or sadness. This is most common during the winter months, when sunshine is scarce and getting out of the house is difficult, depending on where you live. Understanding what winter weather can do to your state of mind can help...

Can Social Media Exacerbate Eating Disorders?

Social media has given a new face to the struggle with body issues and eating disorders Social media can be a great way to connect with friends and family, grow a business and build an online presence. But for women and men who struggle with body image, social media can also be a place that contributes to eating disorders. This is especially true for teenage girls who work hard to look the way they feel society...

3 Tips for Controlling Your ADHD During Rehab

A structured routine during rehab can help the patient to handle simple tasks in an organized and timely manner It is not hard to understand why addiction treatment can be a rough experience for anyone. However, when the patient in recovery also suffers from other conditions such as a mental health issue, patients and their health care providers must work to effectively address each issue and to keep the treatment...

The Difference Between Bipolar Disorder and Normal Ups and Downs

Normal mood swings and bipolar disorder have great differences, but both can be serious conditions worthy of professional care Everyone experiences emotional highs and lows, as life is full of both excitement and sadness. However, the chemicals that manage psychological function can become unbalanced, which can cause uncontrollable emotions. People may become clinically depressed or manic, and they may swing between...

How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

Many of the symptoms of negative self-image and depression overlap, and may cause depression symptoms to worsen Depression is a serious mental disorder that can be debilitating on its own, but when combined with a negative self-image, it can be even more crippling. Many of the symptoms of negative self-image and depression overlap, and a negative self-image may cause depression symptoms to worsen or new symptoms to...

Differentiating Depression from Sadness

Struggling with depression can feel overwhelming Many people do not appreciate that there are several important distinctions between sadness and clinical depression. Understanding these differences is vital, as it allows individuals to determine whether or not they should seek professional treatment. Sadness Is Normal It is important on the front end to state that sadness is normal. Every person has experiences in...

Why You Can’t Treat Just One Half of a Dual Diagnosis

Statistics make it clear that addiction and mental health are related Addiction and mental health disorders are inextricably linked. One issue typical contributes to, results from or complicates the other. The National Alliance on Mental Illness highlights this relationship by sharing, “nearly one-third of people with all mental illnesses and approximately one-half of people with severe mental illnesses…also...
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