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Trauma and Addiction: The Direct Link

Not why addiction, but why the pain? – Dr. Gabor Maté What Dr. Maté—a leader in addiction medicine and world-renowned author and speaker—is saying, is something we’ve long known to be true and yet the field of addiction treatment still lags behind the research (links to 6 studies at bottom of page): addiction is usually a symptom […]

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How Cannabidiol (CBD) Works for Treating Anxiety

  While we don’t normally think of anxiety as desirable, it’s actually a critical adaptive response that can help us cope with threats to our (or a loved one’s) safety and welfare. These responses help us recognize and avert potential threats; they can also help motivate us to take action to better our situation (work […]

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How Drug Addiction Affects Serotonin And Dopamine

Drug and alcohol addiction are not matters of choice; they’re a matter of process. Depending on the type of drug and dose and even the person’s genetic make-up, drugs can take hold abruptly, or gradually, without warning, rendering the individual powerless to stop the addiction.     How drug addiction affects serotonin and dopamine levels […]

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Although many drug rehab programs claim to provide dual diagnosis treatment, rarely is this approach integrated into the treatment plan from the beginning. An exceptional program will develop personalized plans that address all underlying issues fueling an addiction, such as anxiety, depression or trauma. For successful recovery, co-occurring conditions must be tackled from the start. What […]

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The Value of 12-Step Programs and Other Peer Support Groups in Dual Diagnosis Treatment

When your loved one is struggling with a mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorder, dual diagnosis treatment is essential to ensuring your loved one receives the care they need to heal from both disorders simultaneously. However, dual diagnosis treatment should go beyond clinical care and invite participation in peer support programs to encourage the best outcomes. […]

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How can Beliefs Influence Addictive Behavior?

Did you know that your beliefs can keep you in an addictive loop? When approached carefully, beliefs can subtly and logically tricked into submission. In fact, beliefs have limitations which can be changed or released when the timing is right. The Power Of Belief The power of belief was described in the book, Pygmalion in […]

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6 Signs Dual Diagnosis Treatment May Be Right For You

When we look at someone who is struggling with substance abuse, we often pin the onus of their addiction to the actual use of the substance itself. However, the actual abuse of drugs and alcohol is more often than not a symptom of a much deeper issue. For those who are struggling with mental disorders and […]

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Addiction and Dual Diagnosis: Why Substance Abuse and Mental Health Go Together

One of the most popular and prevailing myths about addiction is that it’s simply a failure of willpower. Spouses, friends, and family members plead with their loved ones, “Why can’t you just stop using?” Yet the individual with an addiction doesn’t have a good answer, though they’ve asked themselves that same question a hundred times. […]

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Relax: How CBD Can Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety can stop you from enjoying activities, holding down a job, maintaining relationships, and succeeding in school. By  Julie Godard   Do you ever have the feeling that things just aren’t right? Are you in tears over a job interview or a party? Stress over a job interview or other important event is normal. Being so […]

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“Skittles”

Thirty years ago very little was known about the human psyche. We have come a long way in understanding human brain development and illnesses since that time. However, in today’s age, the new fad is to see how many new names we can design for pre-existing psycho diagnosis. There is a new prognosis for everything […]

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20 ways to reduce anxiety and live a happier life

1  Take slow, deep breaths A lot of people have a tendency to either breathe too much or not enough under extreme stress. A good rule to follow is to inhale for four seconds, hold for seven seconds and then exhale for eight seconds. Focus on counting, not on your problems. 2  Seek out nice smells There’s […]

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Why Meditation Can Help You Overcome Depression for Good

Doctors and psychiatrists are well-versed in the science of antidepressants. They’ve established a body of research showing how levels of certain brain chemicals fluctuate to affect mood, and they can chemically stabilize someone’s mood with pills. But truly healing from depression involves many intangible factors such as diet, the support of family and friends, belief […]

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