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How Is Dual Diagnosis Treated?

How Is Dual Diagnosis Treated?

When someone has both a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental health disorder, they have what is known as a dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders. Treating one condition without caring for the other may not produce lasting recovery because the interactions of both conditions can sabotage progress. Treatment for dual diagnoses must be integrated … Read more

How Codependency Appears With Addiction

How Codependency Appears With Addiction

Codependence is a behavioral pattern characterized by over-reliance on or over-attachment to another person. It can be understood as a relationship addiction. Because people with substance use disorder (SUD) often find it challenging to build and maintain healthy relationships and have fallen prey to chemical dependency, relational codependence often co-occurs with substance addiction. Dual Disorders: … Read more

How Do Pets Help Recovery?

How Do Pets Help Recovery?

Many people keep pets because they enjoy the companionship of animals. Pets offer many health benefits to people who are recovering from substance addiction. Especially for those who have recently entered sobriety, pets can provide much-needed social contact that helps them overcome loneliness and manage stress. The Importance of Social Contact Substance use disorder (SUD) … Read more

Why You Should Consider Regular Exercise as Medicine for Recovery

Why You Should Consider Regular Exercise as Medicine for Recovery

Many people know that regular exercise is good. During recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), the benefits of physical exercise can be even greater. In fact, many recovery experts encourage thinking of exercise as a free mood-boosting pill. What Exercise Does to the Recovering Body Physical activity helps one’s brain release certain feel-good chemicals. These … Read more

Therapies That Address the Mind-Body Connection

Therapies That Address the Mind-Body Connection

More and more addiction treatment centers are giving attention to the integration of mind, body, and spirit to achieve maximal healing for their clients. Through research, treatment professionals have realized that treating one of these aspects without considering the others does not effectively prevent relapses. Whole-body wellness includes physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. When … Read more