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Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse affects a wide variety of people from all different backgrounds. For many, substance abuse is accompanied with mental illness. Self-medicating for a mental illness can sometimes result in substance abuse. This can potentially lead to addiction and can have negative effects on an underlying mental illness. In some cases, substance abuse can increase [...]

2018-06-14T17:03:22+00:00 Health & Wellness|

Serious Issues that Result from Substance Abuse

Drug addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is a dependence on mind-altering substances. When a person develops an addiction to a mind-altering substance, they continue to use the drug no matter the harm and serious issues the abuse causes in that individual's life. The reality is that substance abuse can result in many issues that [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:13+00:00 Health & Wellness|

Building Self-Esteem

One thing that’s true among addicts and alcoholics is the lack of self-esteem we have. We’ve spent months, even years doing wrong to ourselves, to others, and in the process we’ve beaten and broken down our spirits, our self-esteem, and diminished the love we have for ourselves. Sometimes, this can make recovery an even harder [...]

Stigma and Addiction

BY: Ipek Aykol, LMFT License Number: 97315 What is stigma? Facing and overcoming stigma is one of the major challenges for those who have addiction. Stigma is a discrediting negative attitude imposed by society on individuals for not being perceived as “normal”. Stigma evolves as a result of society’s fear, ignorance and prejudice towards people who [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:14+00:00 Health & Wellness|

Preparing Mentally for Rehabilitation

One of the most difficult decisions anyone must make is the one to ask for help and go to an addiction treatment program. What makes this so difficult is that the disease of addiction doesn’t want you to get well. Addiction affects a part of your brain that’s responsible for survival, so it’s difficult to have [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:17+00:00 Health & Wellness|

Getting Sober Equals Getting Healthy

A commonly known phrase in sobriety is “When you get sober, you don’t have to change much, you just have to change everything.” When you make the decision to give up your addiction once and for all, your life will need to completely change if you want to remain clean and sober. Getting sober and [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:20+00:00 Health & Wellness|

Health Plans Offer Unequal Mental Health Benefits

The Affordable Care Act was designed to provide health insurance for anyone who needs it, regardless of pre-existing conditions. While that has become the case for millions of American’s previously uninsured, new research suggests that one-fourth of health plans sold on health insurance exchanges appear to offer unequal benefits for mental and physical illnesses, despite [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:24+00:00 Health & Wellness|

Veterans Struggle With DEA Restrictions

Last year, Americans learned of serious systemic problems facing veterans in need of healthcare. Veterans were often faced with lengthy waits to see Veterans Affairs doctors; in some cases life was lost while waiting to see a physician. We learned that there simply aren’t enough doctors to treat everyone who has served overseas, and those [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:24+00:00 Health & Wellness|

Stresses of Retirement Linked with Substance Abuse

Retirement may seem like a dream come true, a time for rest and relaxation after a long career; and while that is true for many, for others however, retirement can be extremely difficult and in some cases more stressful than working. There is an old adage that says the number one killer is retirement, while [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:26+00:00 Health & Wellness|