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What Is Trauma-Informed Care?

Researchers have a growing understanding of the role that trauma plays for individuals struggling with substance abuse. Deep-seated reactions to incidents involving violence, war, disaster, the death of someone close to you, or other difficult moments can drive individuals to drink or use drugs. In such cases, you will want to make sure treatment involves…

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is Saturday, October 10, 2020. On this day, mental health treatment centers, experts, organizations, and communities come together to celebrate successes in treatment and to create more awareness for mental disorders and related issues. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2020 is Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater…

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Alcohol and Your Mental Health

Some people drink alcohol while socializing. Others, however, drink alcohol to deal with emotions of anxiety and depression. They might intend for this self-medication to cheer them up or to help them sleep. Alcohol might be able to help you briefly relax in a state of euphoria. Unfortunately, this feeling is short-lived, and using alcohol…

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Chemical Imbalances and Depression

You often hear the words “chemical imbalances” associated with addiction and mental health. Knowing what this term means is a great help in understanding many psychiatric conditions.  Chemical imbalances happen when the brain has either too many or too few neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are natural chemicals that help the nerve cells to communicate with each…

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Types of Trauma and Addiction

What are the types of trauma associated with addiction? Trauma is a contributing factor in the development of many forms of addiction. Often, people abuse alcohol and other drugs because of an underlying mental issue. Drugs and alcohol are how many people deal with shame, anxiety, guilt, anger, irritability, fear, insomnia, depression, among other negative…

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Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Unraveling the mysteries of our psyche is never easy. Deep-seated emotions hide within us and drive our behaviors, without us even realizing it. This is a phenomenon that plays out in the connection between childhood trauma and addiction Studies suggest that childhood traumas play a statistically significant role in the nation’s problems with substance abuse.…