How to Prepare to Enter Treatment for My Addiction

How to Prepare to Enter Treatment for My Addiction

If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about entering addiction treatment. Entering treatment is a huge step that can save your life and help you get on the path to a better one. Before committing to treatment, however, there are some things you need to know about how it works and what you need to […]

How Using Expressive Art Therapy Can Aid in the Recovery Process

How Using Expressive Art Therapy Can Aid in the Recovery Process

Drug and alcohol addiction can be an isolating experience. In a world that often treats addiction as a moral failure, it’s easy to feel alone in your struggles. Fortunately, there are many forms of therapy available to help you recover from substance abuse. Expressive arts therapy is one such treatment option.  You may be surprised […]

The Opioid Epidemic Among Young Adults

The Opioid Epidemic Among Young Adults

The opioid epidemic has affected Americans of all ages, but it’s hitting younger adults particularly hard. The prevalence of opioid abuse in young people is a complex issue, and it’s vital to understand what causes this abuse.  It’s also important to understand why so many young adults are unable to get help for their addiction […]

How Does Addiction Affect the Brain? Can the Effects Be Reversed?

How Does Addiction Affect the Brain? Can the Effects Be Reversed?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that about 22 million people in the United States have an addiction to alcohol or drugs, such as opioids and cocaine. Addiction is also one of the leading causes of death for Americans under the age of 50.  Substance abuse is clearly a widespread problem, but what effect […]

Reducing Anxiety With Equine Therapy

Reducing Anxiety With Equine Therapy

While many experience equine therapy as a pleasant way to spend an afternoon at their local stable, it is also one of the most effective ways to address anxiety and depression. The gentle presence and unconditional love of an animal can have a profound effect on people’s mental health, helping them learn to identify what […]

How Trauma Therapy Can Improve Your Mental Health

How Trauma Therapy Can Improve Your Mental Health

Trauma therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit of victims of physical or emotional trauma. This type of therapy involves addressing the often overwhelming emotions associated with past experiences. A therapist works with the person to help them process their emotions so they can move forward in […]

Coping With a Relapse

Coping With a Relapse

Relapses happen. They are not the end of the world–don’t catastrophize. How you cope with relapse can determine whether you continue on your path to recovery or whether you spiral out of control. According to the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, approximately 40-80% of individuals managing an addiction will have at least one lapse within the […]

You’re Not Lazy: Mental Health and Learning Your Limits

You're Not Lazy: Mental Health and Learning Your Limits

There are many stigmas and stereotypes regarding mental health, whether individuals are viewed as dangerous or temperamental. One of the most common stigmas people with mental illness face is being seen as lazy. Mental illness can be debilitating. When someone is dealing with anxiety, depression, or other conditions, simply getting out of bed in the […]

The Relationship Between Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

The Relationship Between Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

Addiction and mental health sometimes go hand in hand. A person who experiences addiction and a mental health illness such as bipolar disorder can receive proper treatment. With the correct diagnosis, they can not only be treated properly, but they can also live fuller lives. There are many links between depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and substance […]

Continuing to Develop and Celebrate Your Sober Identity

Continuing to Develop and Celebrate Your Sober Identity

One’s sober identity is a crucial component of sustained sobriety. However, taking on new hobbies and adopting a new mentality and daily routine is a massive undertaking. Finding the time to celebrate and continue developing one’s sober identity is crucial for maintaining this positive, transformed mindset amidst the stressors of daily life. The power that […]