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What’s a Mental Breakdown? Stress in Our Modern World

“I’m on the brink of a mental breakdown.”Do mental or nervous breakdowns really exist? More importantly, if these breakdowns happen, how do you recover? And, how did these terms become so commonplace in our vernacular?Finally, if breakdowns are real, then how do you know when you reach the breaking point? Are there clues to your …

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Men’s Mental Health: Getting Honest with Emotions

We’d all like to think that stigmas around men’s mental health and emotions are shifting for the better. Continually, however, we are reminded how much further we have to go.In a letter to the editor published in Ohio in July 2021, a 12-year-old girl called out an announcer at a July 4th parade for proclaiming …

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Letting Go of the Past: How to Heal Guilt in Sobriety

Guilt in sobriety threatens to derail recovery when mishandled. Often, it’s shame, guilt’s evil twin, which takes recovering folks down. And guilt can morph into shame if you aren’t careful.According to Brené Brown, a renowned shame and vulnerability researcher, the difference between guilt and shame is simple in theory.“Shame is a focus on self, guilt …

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How Are We Handling Our Collective Grief in 2021?

Over 625,000 people died due to COVID-19 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even if you didn’t lose a loved one, there’s collective grief we’ve all experienced because of the devastating and mind-boggling loss of life.The loss of life, however, doesn’t begin to factor in other losses …

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How Substance Abuse Harms Relationships

Drinking heavily and doing drugs are casual habits that can quickly become uncontrollable for many people. For couples, spending a night “blowing off steam” can turn into a devastating cycle of abuse, anger, resentment, and violence. Substance abuse can harm your relationships with your loved ones. There are many ways that you can help stop …

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Living a Satisfying Life in Recovery

Most individuals who struggle with addiction acknowledge that living a satisfying lifestyle outside of inpatient care requires constant attention. Living a satisfying life in recovery also requires avoiding temptation. It is a difficult challenge, especially when alcohol and drugs can be nearly everywhere. You can learn to enjoy your abstinent lifestyle, however, by taking a …

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Music Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction

Many people who are recovering from an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs find themselves suffering from anxiety or depression, especially while receiving treatment in rehab. Although certain anti-anxiety medications are remarkably effective at reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression, they are also, unfortunately, habit-forming. How, then, to treat clients who are suffering from anxiety …

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Anxiety and Alcoholism Go Hand in Hand

As alcohol addiction awareness grows and the surrounding science becomes better studied and more complex, many modern addiction professionals believe that anxiety and alcoholism go hand in hand. Here is why your alcohol treatment program should incorporate dual diagnosis therapy for a surer route to a lifelong recovery. Dual Diagnosis Defined An assessment of Dual …

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