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How Isolation Fuels Addiction

Identifying and adequately addressing the factors that contribute to substance abuse and addiction is an essential step we can take to improve the chances of success for those in treatment and recovery. One factor many overlook when examining the causes of addiction is the role of social isolation in the development and advancement of alcohol…

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Can Grief Lead to Addiction?

Grief can be an overwhelming and crushing emotion. It is an emotion without a timetable. Grief can last for days, weeks, months, or in some cases, even years. Grief is painful, and there is no quick resolution to the pain. Grief and the associated emotional turmoil can arise for various reasons and trigger an emotional…

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Practice Mindfulness For Substance Abuse

COVID-19 is a massive curveball thrown at anyone currently struggling with substance abuse either on the path to recovery or considering sobriety. Due to the significant health crises, we are experiencing here in the United States (and worldwide) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many states have mandated stay at home orders and social distancing…

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Mental Health and Substance Use

As of the first week of April, only five states here in the United States have not implemented stay at home orders. For some locations, the orders are new, having just gone into effect in recent days. For others, the original orders that went into effect in early to mid-March are about to be extended…

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Get Behind the Neuroscience of Addiction

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (2019), “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences”. Although addiction is not an uncommon word…

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Does Trauma Contribute to Addiction?

What is trauma anyway, and does it contribute to addiction? In this post, we’ll be tackling that complicated question. We’ll start by looking into what causes addiction in the first place, and then we’ll take a deep dive into trauma. Along the way, you’ll learn how unresolved trauma can contribute to the development of addiction.…

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Dissecting Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis was first recognized over two decades ago. The term was coined to diagnose individuals that were suffering with severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The occurrence of dual diagnoses is much more common than you’d think, and the treatment for the co-occurring disorders or addictions is more intense and complex than that…