Addictions & Mental Health

Understanding Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

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What is Dual-Diagnosis? Dual-Diagnosis is the term for an individual who meets the criteria for one more mental health issues including substance use disorder, or, addiction. Addiction may be an effect of a pre-existing mental health disorder. Addiction can also cause a dual-diagnosis problem. For example, synthetic drugs can create anxiety and paranoia. Why is recognizing […]

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Marijuana Changes the Reward Center of the Brain

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Whether or not marijuana is addictive is an argument which is coming to a close. The DSM-5 is adding marijuana use disorder. Not a full blown addiction, marijuana use can turn into an abusive or dependent situation. Symptoms for marijuana use disorder include: Inability to function normally due to excessive cannabis use Development of increasing tolerance thresholds […]

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What is PAWS?

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Unsuspecting newcomers reach landmark time periods in their recovery process only to be met with the return of severely uncomfortable cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. Up to two years later, the cravings and withdrawal symptoms can suddenly strike. Despite the presence of important recovery factors, like therapy, meetings, and being of service, the painful reminders […]

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What are Using Dreams?

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Using dreams are a phenomena of recovery where an individual has a dream that involves using their drug of choice and relapsing. Our addictions become ghosts of our past and their appearances in our dreams are frightening. Addicts and alcoholics often jest that their obsession with using is so severe, they dream about it in […]

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Getting Spiritually Fit

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  Spiritual fitness is a term that has caused controversy in recent years. In 2011 the United States Army created a test for “spiritual fitness” that left many soldiers feeling pressured to have religion or faith. What could be so controversial about being spiritually fit? Getting Spiritually Fit Looking at the logistics, spiritual fitness is an important part of […]

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Massage and Body Image

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Body image issues are not gender-specific. Statistically, women suffer from body image concerns more intensely than men. Male eating disorders are on the rise, however, and the world is taking a look at how the psychological distress of these issues are going to be treated. The world cannot be surprised. Men and women are inundated with […]