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Opiate Addiction and Recovery

Over the last decade, we have seen opiate addiction skyrocket, as well as opioid overdose rates. While there are paths to recovery from opiate addiction, first, it’s important to understand what opiates are, what addiction may look like, and recovery options. What are Opiates? Opiates, or opioids, are controlled, narcotic, prescription painkillers. They are typically…

What is a Sober Living Community?

After going through a treatment program, you may be asking yourself what the next steps are. You have some choices to make that can influence your future. For example, will you move back home? This can be tricky if you do not have a supportive environment or are surrounded by the same triggers that landed…

Recovering from Percocet

What is Percocet and why is it a problematic drug? Percocet is a prescription medication that is used to treat acute and moderate to severe pain. It falls into the classification of an opioid/acetaminophen combination drug. It is taken orally in the form of a pill, tablet, or solution. Since it is an opioid, it…

What is Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis is when someone has co-occurring disorders, such as a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder. Most people who have a mental illness will have a substance use issue at some point in their lives and vice versa. It can be hard to determine which disorder came first and if one…

What is An Outpatient Rehab Facility?

An outpatient facility is a safe place where you can go and receive substance abuse treatment while also being able to maintain commitments to family, work, school, etc. Instead of living at the treatment facility like you would in an inpatient program, you can visit an outpatient facility on a needed basis. The requirements of…

The Role of Mental Health in Addiction Treatment

What is the Connection Between Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders? Which came first – the chicken or the egg? The same question can be asked about mental health and substance abuse in situations involving dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis is when someone has both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder. In…

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist And Patient

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychotherapy that aims to change clients’ negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors to improve functioning and overall quality of life. CBT is shown to effectively treat conditions like addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, relationship issues, phobias, and other mental health issues. CBT is a gold standard in…

Dialectical Behavior Therapist And Patient

What Is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an outgrowth of CBT, is evidence-based psychotherapy originally developed for treating individuals with borderline personality disorder and chronically suicidal behaviors. The chronic and pervasive self-destructive behavior, low self-esteem, and negative view of self associated with long-term addiction are similar to those chronically suicidal. DBT is highly effective and used widely in…