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5 Fast Answers About Co-occurring Disorders

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When two or more disorders exist within the same patient, it’s termed a “co-occurring disorder.” Once called “dual diagnosis,” this condition is common and treatable with a proper assessment and treatment plan, by experienced mental health professionals who have expertise in such conditions. What are Co-occurring Disorders? When two or more mental disorders (such as… Read On »

What is Bipolar Disorder?

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An Overview of this Mental Health Disorder  Like many mental health issues, bipolar disorder is largely misunderstood by the general public who also doesn’t realize it can be effectively treated with lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and medication.  In its simplest terms, it’s an illness that affects a person’s ability to regulate or control their moods. Of… Read On »

Breaking Down the Third Step

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“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.” Step Three is referred to as a vital and crucial step (BB pg.64) and although I was skeptical, it has proven to me to be the most important decision I ever made in my life.… Read On »

“Ben Is Back”: Fictional Character, Real Story

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Two movies were released in 2018 that dealt head-on with addiction. There was “Beautiful Boy” based on David Sheff’s 2008 bestseller. And “Ben Is Back” which was released in December as an original screenplay. Both highly intense dramas feature teenage sons and the massive disruption their addiction causes families, marriages, households, friendships, sibling relationships, even… Read On »

Sober? Here Are Some Foods to Watch out For

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Why We’re Cautious Understanding that alcoholism and addiction is a two-fold illness—a physical allergy and a mental obsession—necessitates that those in sobriety carefully watch for foods which might contain alcohol. Whether intended or not, sometimes even a slight trace of alcohol can cause the body to suddenly crave more. It’s an allergic reaction that’s involuntary.… Read On »

A New New Year’s Eve

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Universally, a few of the first comments made by a person considering sobriety are “What will I drink when toasting my daughter on her wedding day?” or “What will I drink on New Year’s Eve when everyone is enjoying champagne?” Further evidence that our lives as problems drinkers revolved around alcohol! In truth, at a… Read On »

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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Three Instances, A Common Theme A high school junior has an “off semester” in which his grades dip, he doesn’t make the JV football team and his best friend moves across town. He’s feels unable to “rally” and do the work necessary for upcoming college applications. A 44-year-old woman whose career has been spent in… Read On »

Home for the Holidays

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The holidays are here again, and it’s always a time that I reflect on how grateful I am for everything I have in my life today because of the program of recovery, especially my family and friends. During my addiction, I became completely isolated from everything and everyone, and the holiday season was a time… Read On »

The Gift That Comes in an Ugly Wrapping

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Alcoholism is an ugly disease that is wrapped around an amazing gift. We break our own morals, give up the things that are important to us, slam shut doors that open for us, let down the people who love us. These are just some of the ugly things we do when we are suffering from… Read On »

A Return to Physical Well-being

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Alcohol and Health The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20 to 64 years. And from 2006 to 2010 it was responsible for 88,000 deaths, on average, ending lives by up to 30 years prematurely.* Just as those are staggering… Read On »