The Connections Between Alcohol and Depression

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In today’s society, alcohol is a common fixture in stores, in social settings, and in the media. People are often seen consuming alcohol in commercials, shows, and movies. With such easy access, it can be hard to remember that it can pose a threat when abused. Also common in today’s society, the mental health disorder

The Complicated Relationship Between Alcohol and Anxiety

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Whether you come home from a long day or you’re out at a social event trying to relax, alcohol is a quite common substance many of us reach for to manage our anxiety. Wine at the end of a long day as you unwind from work or a beer to loosen up while you’re out

Trauma Therapy: Decreasing Distress and Stabilizing in Recovery

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Our Therapist Team Lead, Sarah Kovach, specializes in helping patients who not only struggle with substance abuse but also those who have experienced trauma in their lives. By allowing the patient to help guide her, she is able to help them cope with their traumatic memories and ultimately get to the root of their addiction.

How to Cope Positively with Unwanted Emotions

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Your defense mechanism to escape from uncomfortable emotions (or emotions in general) doesn’t ever seem to go away. For so long, it has seemed easier to just be high or numbed out from any emotional experience, especially the icky ones. But while high you miss out on so much: Being available for family, friends and

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

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A common misconception surrounding addiction is that it is a standalone problem and occurs solely by choice of the individual. However, it’s quite often that addiction isn’t the only issue taking place. So what are co-occurring disorders, and how can addiction treatment programs help? What Are Co-Occurring Disorders? Co-occurring disorders are two or more issues

Alcohol and Depression: Which Comes First?

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Do you drink large amounts of alcohol? Are you feeling down and hopeless? Do you also have difficulty concentrating and remembering? Studies find that there is a strong connection between alcohol and depression. Some people may drink to cope with depression, and people who have depression may drink to cope. While there can be a

Managing Anxiety and Substance Use During Coronavirus

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The last few weeks have brought about a head-spinning set of changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hard not to feel increased stress amid uncertainties – from finances, to jobs and even our own health. For someone who suffers with substance use disorder, these added stressors can easily magnify anxiety and increase a substance

Managing Depression and Addiction during Coronavirus

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For many people, social isolation and stay-at-home orders will naturally bring about bouts of mental health concerns. Even if not contracted, coronavirus can cause other things to happen to a person – like depression or anxiety. Coupled with those who may already suffer from or are in recovery from substance use disorder, it can cause

Women and Trauma

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According to the American Psychological Association, more than 50% of all individuals will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Of these, close to 10% will be permanently scarred by it and will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These numbers may seem insignificant at first. But considering the proven connections between trauma

The Importance of Trauma Therapy

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There are as many different therapeutic approaches to addiction as there are people struggling with addiction. And healthcare professionals like the experts at WebMD agree that therapy is essential to treating addiction. But beyond the broad categories of addiction therapy services — individual, group, family, and so on — there are several subsets. One of