Category Archives: Mental Health

Dual diagnosis allows for drug rehabs to treat both mental illness and addiction simultaneously. Learn more about dual diagnosis treatment by exploring our blog.

  • Does My Son Really Need Mental Health Treatment and Therapy in Rehab?
    May 14, 2018
    It is no easy thing for parents to watch their sons struggle with addiction, substance abuse, and related behavioral problems. It can be an incredibly difficult and confusing time for a parent. You want to help, but you have questions about what the best approach is. It can be...
  • Working Through Self-Guilt and Shame During Recovery from Addiction
    April 23, 2018
    Guilt can tear you up inside. It is a demon that some people fight for the rest of their lives. Guilt will creep up in your life, wrapping around and strangling you, leaving you drained and crippled emotionally. For those fighting addiction, guilt is just another layer on top...
  • Borderline Personality Disorder in Men: A Common Co-Occurring Disorder
    January 1, 2018
    What Is Borderline Personality Disorder? Characterized by pervasive mood instability, difficulty with interpersonal relationships, negative self-image and harmful behavior, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness. BPD is associated with high rates of self-harm and, in severe cases, suicidal behavior. The high risks for suicide and greater...
  • Why Are Benzodiazepines Like Xanax Widely Abused?
    December 14, 2017
    The number of deaths from benzodiazepine overdoses has risen steadily in the past 15 years. The number of those seeking treatment for addiction to benzodiazepines has likewise spiked during that same period. While generally safe to use when taken according to a physician’s directions, these medications pose a serious...
  • Surprising Facts About Anxiety Disorders and Substance Abuse in Men
    November 27, 2017
    It’s commonly believed that women suffer from anxiety disorders more than men, but the statistics can actually be misleading. In fact, men suffer from anxiety and depression as frequently as women. Men simply aren’t diagnosed and treated for these mental illnesses as often as women are. This means that...
  • Guilt, Shame and Self-Blame in Addiction Recovery
    November 13, 2017
    Why is it that we feel those awful feelings of guilt, shame and self-blame in the months and years after stopping the use of drugs and alcohol? When one makes the decision to “clean up” and get sober, it is a good decision. If anything, we should feel happier,...
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy Offers Better Treatment for Dual Diagnosis Recovery
    October 9, 2017
    There’s a strong correlation between addiction, mental illness and trauma. People who experience one of these circumstances are significantly more likely to experience the other two. That’s why when you’re looking for a drug or alcohol treatment program, it’s important to consider the staff’s ability to address co-occurring disorders,...
  • The Importance of Trauma-Informed Therapy for Treatment of PTSD & Addiction
    August 24, 2017
    In any addiction case, identifying and addressing the root cause of the addiction should be the first line of treatment. “Dual diagnosis” describes addiction cases in which a mental health disorder runs in tandem with an addiction. Over time, the symbiosis between the mental health issue and the substance...
  • How EMDR Heals Trauma During Addiction Treatment
    August 11, 2017
    It’s common for men who have experienced trauma to turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the emotional pain. But while substance use may provide some temporary relief, addiction ultimately destroys their lives even further. Addiction treatment for men with trauma needs to not only address the addiction but...
  • The Value of Recreational Activities in Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment
    April 24, 2017
    When a person struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, the substance often becomes the person’s only means of feeling pleasure or contentment. Both physically and behaviorally, addictive substances can replace activities that once brought the user joy, such as eating, physical activity and favorite hobbies. Drugs can alter the...