Before you attended treatment, lonely was your middle name. You felt alone all the time and without friends. But now you know how important having friends can be. And you have gained skills that will help you make friends, create a whole network of friends. From now on, you do not need to be lonely.…

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We often carry the burden of mental health or substance use alone. You may have isolated for so long that you don’t know where to begin when you’re told to build a support network. It feels hard to trust people with knowledge of your struggles and connecting to others feels new and scary. But a…

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Imagine walking on a tightrope between two skyscrapers, and the tightrope is as thin as a hair. There is no net, only the streets, dozens of stories below. Now imagine that your tiny rope is slippery, and it is all you can do to keep your balance at all. This analogy is what it can…

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Part of learning is to review, and particularly when you have had a chance to put something into practice, a review is very helpful. In treatment, you learned about DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy. These were some of the skills that helped you to heal the most and to learn to manage your mental health.…

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When a mental crisis hits, and symptoms are severe, such as severe depression, suicidality, or extreme or psychotic symptoms, then hospitalization or a residential program is necessary. In those cases, you need 24-hour medical care. But what if you know you need help, but you don’t need 24-hour care? What if you don’t want to…

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No one ever wakes up and says “Hey, just for fun, I think I’ll find some treatment for my mental health and addiction recovery.” Treatment is something most people wait to seek until someone else asks them to or they have hit rock bottom. These don’t have to be the only options, though. When you…

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Dealing with mental health issues is difficult enough, but when you are also trying to maintain sobriety, it can feel like twice the work. When you have co-occurring disorders, such as depression and substance use, it might sometimes feel like you are fighting on two fronts.  That is not a reason to give up the…

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One of the reasons people avoid getting help for mental health or substance use issues is because of the terminology. For some reason, that doesn’t stand in the way of us getting medical help, which has just as many strange terms. Okay, so perhaps it is the stigma, but one would have to agree that…

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Music can impact you in ways that you may not even be aware of. Have you ever started tapping your feet or hands to music you didn’t even realize was playing? Have you ever been listening to a song and then suddenly felt really, really sad for no apparent reason? Music has power over us…

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Acronyms and abbreviations are flying at you, and to be honest, flying past you at the speed of light. It’s not enough that you are just trying to keep your head above water. Now everyone that is trying to help you are using all of these letters, and you don’t know what they mean. But…

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