Why Does My Depression Keep Returning?

You battled depression before. You felt fatigued and had no energy to do anything, your thoughts became increasingly negative, and you struggled just to get out of bed in the morning. It was awful. Luckily, you were able to find a doctor to help you. With the help of both medical treatment and therapy, you…

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Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

People can become creatures of habit. We do what feels comfortable to us, and it is easiest to stay in that comfort zone. For some people, they love the spotlight and performing, playing sports, or generally being in front of people, and that is where they are comfortable. Others may be comfortable with a specific…

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Rocking Your Choices

Let’s face it, we all make poor choices sometimes. But we also all make really good choices, too. Then there are all of those choices in between that are really “meh.” As you look at your choices, having gone through treatment for mental health or substance use issues, you may want to evaluate where your…

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Winning the Battle Against Meth

Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs commonly used for recreational use. It is easy to ingest, it is easier to access now with a resurgence in supply, and yet it is also one of the hardest to recover from. Not only are the withdrawals and cravings brutal, but there can be lasting damage…

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Self-medicating

There are a lot of different reasons that people drink, including socially, to help them relax, or to complement a meal. However, many people drink to try to escape the pain of emotional distress, loss, trauma, or a co-occurring mental health issue. Using alcohol to mask or suppress the symptoms of otherwise untreated or undertreated…

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Mentorship

You know what it is like to go through mental health and/or substance use issues. You have been there, done that. You also know what it is like to find healing in treatment. After treatment, you stepped back completely into your life and you can really see the difference. Now you are considering how you…

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Whether or not you use substances, plenty of other people do. Some people seem to be able to have a social drink or maybe use a stimulant for study sessions, or maybe they are addicted to opioids because they needed pain medication for something. But beyond a drink now and then or the very occasional…

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Making Therapy Work for You

Therapy can be very helpful to people, yet some people still have poor experiences with it. Whether it has to do with the stigma around it, negative experiences in your past, or just not really knowing how to make the most of it, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to help yourself live…

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Resisting the Urge to Self-Medicate

When you are in pain, the natural response is to find relief from that pain. Some people self-medicate with exercise or other physical activities. Others try to self-medicate with food. The endorphins from exercise are a natural high. Eating food beyond what we need can also release chemicals that are like a reward in our…

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