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Importance of a Support System During Recovery

Deciding to give up drugs and alcohol for your new sober lifestyle often means cutting off those who enabled your substance abuse. Recovery is an individual process that’s often lonely. Getting well means confronting parts of yourself you may have long ignored. You learn more about what drives your addiction and what might trigger you…

Most Common Mental Health Issues During Recovery

Managing a substance use disorder can be a complex process. Mental health and addiction often go hand in hand. Many individuals receiving treatment through addiction treatment programs have an untreated mental health disorder that may exacerbate their abuse of drugs and alcohol. If you’re having trouble overcoming your addiction issues and have noticed signs of mental issues,…

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Using Meditation for Anxiety and Addiction

Science shows that the links between anxiety and addiction are strong. Anxiety disorders cause people to feel extreme tension in certain situations. Unfortunately, the National Institute of Mental Health reports 40 million adults in the United States have experienced anxiety. For this reason, they may turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the stress. One…

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What Mental Health Issues Lead to Addiction?

A large percentage of people who have mental health disorders use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. These substances can effectively hide the symptoms of mental health conditions, making it difficult for anyone to recognize what’s happening. A person struggling with mental health disorders needs treatment for this condition and their addiction to heal. At Serenity…

Does Childhood Trauma Lead to Addiction?

For years, doctors have looked for connections between childhood trauma and substance abuse. It is not uncommon for those dealing with mental health disorders to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. People dealing with depression or anxiety may abuse substances in an attempt to forget about their struggles. This trauma is often the first step to…

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Recognizing World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day creates a unique opportunity to increase awareness about a debilitating condition that impacts our valued community members. This mental health awareness day takes place on March 30 each year and helps focus support on people dealing with bipolar disorder. The condition presents unique challenges because it affects approximately 6 million Americans in…