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Adjustment Disorder and the Link to Substance Abuse

Adjustment disorders are related to stressful life events. While disorders like PTSD are related to extreme traumatic or stressful events, adjustment disorders are related to much less stressful events. The...

Depression and Addiction Recovery: 10 Things You Need to Know

Depression and addiction are intricately connected, and for many people in recovery, depression is an ongoing issue that requires continual treatment and care. Often, symptoms of depression trigger the urge...

17 Ways to Relieve Stress and Decrease the Risk of Relapse in Recovery

Stress is a killer in recovery. From one second to the next, we can go from feeling just fine to feeling like the only recourse is to have a drink...

Bulimia and Addiction

Bulimia nervosa, often shortened to bulimia, is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) publishes that 1% percent of American adults have...

Anorexia and Addiction

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that affects both women (~0.9% lifetime prevalence) and men (~0.3% lifetime prevalence) in the United States.1 The Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) indicates that at least 30...

Impulse Control Disorder and Addiction

Impulse control disorders are psychiatric disorders in which a person lacks the self-control of emotions and behaviors in ways that cause them to behave angrily or aggressively toward people or...

Are You Self-Medicating Depression?

There is a range of types and combinations of treatment services that have been proven to be effective for the treatment of moderate to severe depression. From different styles of...

Exploring the Link between Stress and Addiction

Stress is a normal part of life, but it’s also a risk factor for initiating substance use as well as aiding in the development of addiction, relapse, and also treatment...

Depression and Opiate Addiction: The Connection

It is not uncommon for clients in recovery to report that their addiction began with depression. Rather than seek out therapeutic treatment and antidepressants – or when antidepressants were ineffective...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction

After experiencing or witnessing any terrifying event, such as a natural disaster, military combat, or a car accident, the mind and body need time to recover from the shock and...

What Is Drug-Induced Psychosis?

Psychosis is an altered state of mind, or a break from reality, that is often characterized by delusions and hallucinations. Hallucinations are perceptual distortions that arise without an external stimulus—they...

Living with Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar disorder affects an estimated 2.8% of adults and 2.9% of adolescents in the U.S. annually, and the World Health Organization estimates 45 million people worldwide suffer from the disorder.1,2...

Guide to Depression and Substance Abuse

Of all of the mental health disorders, major depression is the most common mental illness in the United States. It is more common in women than men, and it affected...

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