Non-12 Step Programs

A Breakdown of 12 Step and Non-12 Step Programs

Perhaps the most well-known form of addiction and mental health treatment is the 12 step program. However, many people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction don’t really understand what 12 step programs are really about before they begin recovery. Often, individuals have or are exposed to many conflicting views and opinions. It may seem that…

Ptsd Treatment

Treatment for Complex PTSD

Most people have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but fewer are familiar with complex PTSD or C-PTSD. Complex PTSD is caused by chronic or prolonged trauma. Individuals with C-PTSD have the core symptoms of PTSD – re-experiencing, hyperarousal, and avoidance – along with other symptoms. PTSD was first recognized as a condition affecting soldiers,…

Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Quality Treatment for Manic Depression

Manic depression is the former term for bipolar disorder. The change was made in 1980 in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the industry standard for diagnosing mental health disorders. Manic depression was initially used to refer to any mental illnesses centered on mood or emotional problems. The…

Symptoms of Anxiety

The Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

Studies show that millions of American adults will experience an anxiety disorder at some point, making them the most pervasive of all mental health disorders. We all experience feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry from time to time. For example, you might have anxiety over a medical appointment or worry about paying a bill on…

Symptoms of Depression

The Physical Symptoms of Depression

Major depression is a severe mental health disorder marked by a perpetual depressed mood, diminished interest in activities, and impaired daily functioning. Treating depression involves a combination of psychotherapy and medications. Most people are aware of the emotional symptoms of depression, but depression has physical symptoms as well. Many people, including doctors, often miss the…

a woman debates attending a CBT program

How a CBT Program Benefits Your Sobriety

Addiction is a complex disease that has a history rooted in stigma. Historically addiction has been viewed as a moral failing of people who actively chose to relinquish self-control. Thankfully, modern science and medical research have proven that addiction is a chronic, progressive brain disease, which has helped to alleviate much of the stigma previously…

a woman makes her relapse prevention plan

How to Make a Relapse Prevention Plan

By general definition, relapse means to fall or slip back into a former state. Regarding addiction, relapse is a return to drug or alcohol use following a period of abstinence. For mental health, a relapse is the return of symptoms to the degree that functioning is impaired. Relapse is always within the bounds of possibility…

a man benefits getting EMDR treatment

Benefits of EMDR Therapy for Past Traumas

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, EMDR, is a therapeutic process that helps people free themselves from the harmful memories, negative thoughts, and upsetting emotions connected to past trauma that hinder their ability to lead healthy, productive lives. EMDR is non-invasive, evidence-based psychotherapy that has been clinically proven to be effective for treating trauma, PTSD,…

a woman seeks help for self-harm

How to Help Someone Who Is Self-Harming

Learning that a friend or family member is engaging in self-harm can be deeply upsetting. You may feel frightened for their safety and confused or angry about why they are doing this to themselves. For a long time, self-injurious behavior was wrongly categorized as “attention-seeking” behavior. On the contrary, most self-harm individuals go to great…

a man struggles with alcohol and depression

Does Alcohol Amplify Depression Symptoms?

Depression and alcohol abuse affects millions of people worldwide. While it cannot be said that one causes the other, the two are deeply interconnected. Estimates predict that nearly one-third of people who suffer from major depression also have an alcohol use disorder. In many cases, alcohol abuse is a symptom of depression, as individuals turn…