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Dual Diagnosis: How can anxiety affect my recovery?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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Mental health and substance use disorders go hand in hand. At times it is difficult to separate one from another. More often than not, each condition exacerbates the other. More than 50% of those suffering from a substance abuse disorder have what is considered dual diagnosis. The term dual diagnosis is more commonly referred to as a co-occurring disorder .

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Giving Thanks: The Power of Mindfulness in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 02, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery, Sober Living

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Because of the rush around the holiday season, we often forget that Thanksgiving is not just about turkey and all the fixings. It is meant to be a time when we gather with those we love and are thankful for all the blessings in our lives. And if you are in recovery from a substance use disorder, you have many, many things to be thankful for.

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Co-Occurring Substance Use and Seasonal Affective Disorder

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 02, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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For anyone struggling with substance use disorder, the stress of the holidays can be overwhelming, but those diagnosed with co-occurring Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can find it especially challenging.

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10 facts you didn’t know about co-occurring disorders

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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In the USA, nearly 6 in 10 individuals who struggle with substance use disorder also experience some other kind of mental health issue at the same time. We call these dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders and, when it comes to substance use, they’re far from uncommon.

Here are 10 things you may not know about co-occurring disorders:

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The Link Between Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Substance Use Disorder

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Compulsive Behavior, Co-Occurring Disorders

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Ever feel like your childhood experiences are still influencing the decisions you make today? Whether you’re a social drinker looking to cut down, or involved in more heavy consumption of alcohol and searching for the answers to recovery, the experiences you went through as a child might be holding you back from sobriety. Let’s look at the link between childhood experiences and substance use disorder, and how you can start to address these today.

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Their Substance Use Disorder is Affecting Your Family

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in For Family Members, Addiction, Drugs, Alcohol

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You might not think that your loved one’s substance use disorder is a family business, but their struggles are a complex battle that come with very real consequences to your family.  Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view. 

You might already understand that there are physical, mental and societal challenges that come with substance use disorders and that jeopardize your family’s well-being. Let’s take a closer look at the true impact substance use disorder could be having on your family:

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How Can I De-stress Without Drinking Alcohol?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Alcohol, Addiction

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Stressful situations are inevitable and real, so how do you keep your calm when you feel overwhelmed and more is being demanded of you than you can really handle? Stress levels are rising and a report revealed that more adults are experiencing extreme levels of stress than the previous year. Though many will find it easy to reach for the bottle, alcohol itself causes stress and only provides a temporary relief. So how can you relax without alcohol? Here are some tips to help you unwind without a glass of wine.

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This is Why Drinking Actually Makes You Feel More Stressed Out

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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If you pine for a cold one, a decantered one, or one on the rocks after a busy day at the office, you’re not alone. Modern professionals have increasing pressures, a shortage of time to properly de-stress and are bombarded with messaging that having a drink is the most appropriate way to wind down, take the stress off and relax. But is having a drink really the best way to reduce stress?

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The Role of Denial in Addiction Treatment

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 06, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, treatment program

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Denial. Most issues in life start with some sort of denial and if you want to make a change in your life you need to face the issue and stop denying that it is there. This is true for dealing with trauma, for substance use disorder and for any change you want to make in your life. When it comes to treatment for substance use disorder, denial is a significant contributor to your success (or lack thereof).

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12-Steps Program vs. Smart Recovery: Choosing What Fits

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in SMART Recovery, Addiction, treatment program

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Treatment for substance use disorder comes in many forms and understanding the options available can often help you take the first steps towards recovery and forming better lifelong habits. While there’s a myriad of options available, let’s take a look two programs that are particularly popular during sobriety journeys and how you might choose between them.

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