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Depression & Substance Use

The CDC estimates that 10% of Americans struggle with depression. People who struggle with depression find that the symptoms of the disorder are often debilitating. People with depression may present as tearful and report that they feel sad, empty, hopeless and discouraged. Adults may also present as irritable and report concentration problems. People with depression may report loss of interest or pleasure in most activities, trouble sleeping, fatigue and problems with weight. Feelings of worthlessness and guilt may be associated with suicidal ideation. (Read More)

Trauma & Addiction

There are numerous types of trauma.  Trauma can affect an individual, a family and even entire communities.   Many people don’t consider themselves survivors of trauma, but the likelihood that you have experienced or maybe even are currently experiencing something traumatic in your life is quite high.  Have you ever been bullied? Physically assaulted?  Emotionally abused or neglected? (Read More)

Anxiety Disorders & Addiction

Just calm down, it’s not a big deal, take a deep breath. Have you ever had anyone say this to you when you were nervous or anxious? For someone who doesn’t suffer from an anxiety disorder, these phrases may actually be helpful. They may offer just enough support or distraction so the person can focus and continue on with whatever it is they are doing. However, for those who do struggle with panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias or generalized anxiety, these phrases will likely offer little support, and could potentially exacerbate the anxiety and cause frustration or even a feeling of alienation. (Read More)

Overview of Co-Occuring Mental Health Diagnoses and Substance Use Disorders

The most common Substance Use Disorders that are treated in Inpatient, Residential, and Intensive Outpatient programs are alcohol addiction, opiate addiction, sedative addiction, cannabis addiction and methamphetamine addiction. It may come as a surprise to learn that it is very uncommon for someone to enter into a drug and alcohol treatment program with only a Substance Use Disorder diagnosis. (Read More)

Rehab Doesn’t Stop After 30 Days

 

Dani Volk
Outpatient Coordinator & Community Outreach

What do you think of when you hear the word “rehab”? Most people think rehab or chemical dependency treatment, consists of a 30 day, in-house program. Well, that’s accurate! However, a continuum of care exists that many people are not completely aware of and the importance of having a client move through this continuum is vital to many client’s experiencing lasting sobriety. (Read More)

 

 

8 Warning Signs Your Brain Is In Trouble

 

Dr. Daniel Amen
M.D., CEO & Medical Director, Amen Clinics, Inc.

Jarred, 48, a successful CPA, came to the Amen Clinics because his memory was getting worse, which he initially attributed to “just getting older.” But when he heard me say on one of my public television shows that there is evidence Alzheimer’s disease starts 30 years before people have any symptoms, and that it has a genetic component, he decided to get evaluated. His memory was clearly worse than it was five years earlier, and his father and his father’s father had both died with Alzheimer’s disease.! (Read More)

 

This Is Your Brain on Recovery

Renew Magazine
Article provided, courtesy of the Amen Clinics, Inc., written by Claire Parins, Editorial Director for the American Bar Association’s Publishing Group and a Regular Contributor to Renew.

You see ads about our brains everywhere: Boost your memory! Prevent Alzheimer’s by eating right! Enhance learning in three easy steps! Improve your mood, and prevent depression with natural supplements. There is an avalanche of products and information about enhancing brain fitness. No question, brain health is “in.” For those in recovery, brain fitness may be even more important than for those who don’t struggle with addiction. After all, the brain is the organ that controls our ability to say yes and no. It is the center of the addictive voice and where the mysteries of depression and joy reside. The good news is that, more than ever, tools and information about how to take care of our brains are helping enhance the recovery experience. (Read More)