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What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Addiction and mental health often go hand-in-hand. Many people who struggle with addiction have underlying mental health disorders, and addiction can also lead to deteriorating mental health. This may include conditions such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. When both mental health disorders and addiction occur at the same time, they are known as…

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The Connection Between Trauma and Addiction

Trauma, or harmful experiences that leave a lingering impact on people’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being, has a complicated relationship with substance abuse. A strong trauma therapy program for addiction recovery will treat the whole individual—addressing not only their substance use but its causes and effects. Symptoms and Consequences of Trauma Many different events can…

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What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, focuses on how thoughts, beliefs, and emotions affect behavior. For many people in recovery, a cognitive-behavioral therapy program is an essential resource. The skills you learn in CBT can help you stay sober—and improve your self-esteem, goal-setting strategies, and interpersonal skills in the process. What is CBT? What are the Goals…

The Role Bipolar Disorder Plays in Addiction

Mental health conditions and substance abuse are frequently connected. Bipolar disorder and addiction, for instance, often have a relationship to one another. If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of both bipolar disorder and addiction, you’ll want to recognize the signs and pursue treatment that addresses both co-occurring conditions. Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder…

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Observing World Bipolar Day in March

Bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that causes extreme shifts in mood and energy, affects about 2.8% of the United States population and many more people worldwide. People diagnosed with bipolar disorder face unique challenges and social stigma. World Bipolar Day, celebrated each year on March 30, is an ongoing effort to increase global understanding…

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3 Benefits of an Evening IOP

If you need help for substance use disorder but cannot fit an inpatient or daytime treatment program into your schedule, you may want to consider the benefits of an evening intensive outpatient program (IOP). Designed with convenience in mind, this evening alternative allows you to attend addiction treatment on a schedule that works for you.…

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Do I Need to Tell My Employer About My Addiction?

Deciding to seek treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction takes tremendous courage. Now that you’ve realized that you need professional care and support for your substance use disorder, you likely have questions about an employee assistance program in Massachusetts. You may also question whether you must tell your employer about your addiction and your…