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5 Benefits of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) For Your Mental Health

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a useful therapeutic approach that encourages acceptance of negative thoughts, feelings, and events and promotes mindful participation in life. It combines the practices of acceptance and mindfulness to equip individuals with tools that will help them face life’s inevitable difficulties. Rather than trying to avoid the experiences of pain, illness, grief, anxiety, and disappointment, ACT teaches psychological flexibility and resilience, which enables people to


Addiction Treatment for the LGBTQ+ Community

Every June, we celebrate Pride Month in the United States to honor members of the LGBTQ+ community. Since there have been stigmas surrounding LGBTQ+ people for decades, members of this community have been fighting to feel heard and respected for as long as they can remember. Because of all the hardships and discrimination they may have faced over the years, individuals in the LGBTQ+ community have unique needs that deserve


The 5 Levels of Care in Rehab

Depending on the severity of a person’s addiction, they will require a different type of care. Rehabilitation centers typically offer varying levels of care in order to fit these needs. These levels actually have a term of their own: the 5 levels of care.   What Are The 5 Levels of Care? The 5 levels of care refer to substance abuse recovery. People who don’t show signs of a severe

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What Are the Methods of Intervention?

The 3 Most Common Types of Interventions Substance abuse not only affects the person struggling with the addiction, but the people who love them as well. Addiction can lead to destructive behaviors that can have a negative impact on friends, family, and coworkers. Sometimes, if the individual with the addiction or addictive pattern does not see or respond to feedback on the issue, their loved ones might stage a gathering

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8 Reasons to Go to Rehab During Thanksgiving

Home for the Holidays Even though the holidays are portrayed as the happiest time of the year in television and movies, it can be stressful for those who are dealing with any mental illness or addiction disorders. People with alcohol or drug abuse issues may see holidays like Thanksgiving as days that simply come with stress, triggers, and chance of relapse. Days with such significance may worsen feelings of shame

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Rehab Vs. Jail: What’s More Effective?

Think about it: right now, most individuals who are in prison or jail for substance-related crimes are battling with addictions. Those who are arrested for selling or using in public (and even some who are in jail for unrelated reasons) are likely to have a dependence on their drug of choice.   To stop these people from committing drug-related crimes, it’s important to get to the root of the problem

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How to Stop Being an Angry Drunk

Alcohol abuse and dependency impact millions of Americans annually. Alcohol is prone to addiction because of the euphoric effects it causes when you become intoxicated. It can make you physically and psychologically dependent, causing painful and serious withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism increase your risk of engaging in dangerous behaviors, like driving while intoxicated and psychical altercations. Since alcohol reduces anxiety and decreases inhibitions, intoxication

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What You Should Bring to Inpatient Rehab

Making the decision to go to rehab can be the biggest and hardest decision you may ever make.  Stressing about what you can bring to rehab doesn’t have to be a part of the process.  It seems like the simple question of what someone can bring to inpatient rehab can become a huge stressor for most people entering treatment for the first time.  It may even be a reason why

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What Happens After Addiction Treatment?

If you’re planning for life after addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one, there may be many questions going through your mind about what to expect or do.  While treatment is a structured, contained environment that provides safety and security, the thought of leaving can often be scary.  Since treatment doesn’t last forever, it’s ideal to make some plans ahead of time about what will be in place for


Resources Available to Veterans: Seeking Treatment for a Substance Abuse Concern

Understanding the root causes of substance use in Veterans and identifying treatment services available towards those individuals affected: By Alisha Barnes, M.S. Presence of Addiction in Veterans Addiction is categorized as a complex brain disease, characterized by changes in the wiring of the brain and affecting aspects of judgment, decision-making and the management of behaviors. While addiction can exist in isolation, it is often found to be in conjunction with


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