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What Are the Benefits of Mental Health Screening in Addiction Prevention?

What Are the Benefits of Mental Health Screening in Addiction Prevention?

Have you heard of mental health screening? Did you know that it can effectively prevent substance use and addiction, especially among youth? Given the widespread and relative availability of illicit substances, many schools, communities, and parents have started to use mental health screening as a preventative method among high-risk youth. How Does Mental Health Screening … Read more

5 Benefits of Experiential Therapy

5 Benefits of Experiential Therapy

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) define traumatic events, such as abuse, neglect, or early exposure to mental illness or substance abuse in childhood. Different therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), or experiential therapy, are used together or individually to help a person process through and heal ACEs. A Look Into Experiential Therapy  … Read more

How Can a Gratitude Mindset Can Keep You Motivated During Recovery?

How Can a Gratitude Mindset Can Keep You Motivated During Recovery?

Throughout the recovery journey, you have had to self-explore and practice ways to keep yourself motivated. It can sometimes feel like recovery is overwhelming, but you continue to push through. As you have reflected on things you are grateful for throughout your journey, did you understand gratitude and all that entailed? It is easy to … Read more

Why Is Quality Sleep an Effective Medicine During Recovery?

Why Is Quality Sleep an Effective Medicine During Recovery?

It’s a known fact that quality sleep is important for our overall well-being. People in recovery especially must reinforce healthy sleep patterns because quality sleep helps the brain detox and heal. Since substance addiction is a brain disease, quality sleep like one component of the antidote that brings recovery. Unfortunately, because substance addiction may undermine … Read more

Surviving Winter Blues During Recovery

Surviving Winter Blues During Recovery

Winter months can be challenging for recovering individuals who struggle with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that usually occurs during colder months due to shortened daylight hours and lack of exposure to the sun. Though it is not chronic depression, it is a legitimate mental health concern, and if left … Read more

How Is Body Shaming Related to Substance Use?

How Is Body Shaming Related to Substance Use?

Young people are highly susceptible to shame and sensitivity. Body shaming, in particular, can lead to various mental health and behavioral issues. Some people resort to substance use to cope with different forms of shaming. To prevent substance use disorder (SUD) and relapses, we must better understand the relationship between body shaming and substance use. … Read more

Coping With Grief and Loss in Recovery

Coping With Grief and Loss in Recovery

Do you expect life after sobriety to be uneventful? Unfortunately, getting sober doesn’t mean life will always be perfect. As if addiction recovery wasn’t challenging enough, significant life events might come along that affect your health and well-being. Loss and grief can be particularly trying when you are in recovery. If not managed well, these … Read more

How Does Yoga Work for Achieving Mind-Body Balance?

How Does Yoga Work for Achieving Mind-Body Balance?

People have many different perceptions of yoga. Some think of intimidating feats of balance and flexibility that few can achieve. Others think it’s silly and isn’t real exercise. Still, others find it a relaxing and calming process that gets them in tune with themselves mentally and physically. Yoga is a slow pace form of exercise … Read more