chronic pain, addiction, depression
July 11, 2024

The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression

Chronic pain and depression frequently co-occur, exacerbating each other in an intricate cycle that can adversely affect your quality of life. Relying on opioids to manage chronic pain will eventually create a drug tolerance that can further worsen your mental health. Understanding this complex connection is crucial for finding...

PTSD awareness month June
June 27, 2024

PTSD Awareness Month

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing something frightening or life-threatening. As PTSD Awareness Month comes to a close, it’s crucial to be empathetic about this disorder, its symptoms and the profound impact it can have. PTSD can affect anyone,...

CBT and DBT
June 13, 2024

CBT vs. DBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy are two of the most effective psychological treatments. Both are evidence-based, which means they have scientifically proven to help people manage various life challenges. Let’s examine the distinctions between CBT and DBT, their applications and how they can be beneficial in various...

behavioral addiction
April 18, 2024

Behavioral Addictions

While substance abuse’s widespread effects are well-known and heartbreaking, behavioral addictions can have an equally destructive impact on your health, relationships and responsibilities. For example, compulsive gambling, eating, shopping, video gaming, social media and pornography use stem from an urge to engage in rewarding activities despite adverse consequences. Common Types...

black-and-white thinking
April 11, 2024

Reframing Thoughts

Healthy mental habits are crucial in addiction recovery. Viewing the world, yourself and your experiences in extremes of “always good” or “always bad” can derail your progress and exacerbate your challenges. Understanding the implications of this cognitive pattern and learning to reframe your thoughts can significantly improve your resilience...

trauma-informed therapy
March 21, 2024

Do You Need Trauma-Informed Therapy?

Understanding and treating trauma is one of the most intricate mental health challenges. Trauma goes beyond lingering unpleasant memories. It can fundamentally alter the brain, especially in the regions that govern memory, decision-making and emotions. These changes can create a state of constant hypervigilance and fear, where the world...

severe withdrawal
March 14, 2024

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Long-term, heavy drinking causes your body to become accustomed to the presence of alcohol. Abruptly quitting or significantly reducing your consumption can trigger a range of withdrawal symptoms that can vary widely in their intensity and duration, from well-known severe complications like delirium tremens to lesser-known but equally distressing...

sleep awareness month
March 6, 2024

Sleep Deprivation Symptoms and Effects

In the fast-paced rhythm of modern life, sleep often falls by the wayside, considered a luxury rather than a necessity. However, National Sleep Awareness Month is a crucial reminder of the importance of restful sleep. Adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep each night to maintain optimal...