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Role of Medications in Detox

2023-07-03T18:20:23-04:00June 12, 2023|Addiction Recovery, Addiction Treatment, Detox, Mental Health|

In a world that bombards us with temptations and trials, the battle against alcohol and drug addiction can be a challenging one. Fortunately, a beacon of hope shines through: Drug and Alcohol detox medications. These FDA-approved substances, designed to ease the harrowing withdrawal symptoms and recovery, are the first stepping stones towards a life of sobriety and renewed vitality. Here are some of the most commonly used ones! Benzodiazepines for Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox Alcohol withdrawal can be challenging and lead to alarming symptoms, such as seizures and delirium tremens. Doctors often prescribe Benzodiazepines, like diazepam and lorazepam, as a standard practice when someone is undergoing alcohol detoxification. These medications help alleviate feelings of anxiety, minimize the risk of seizures, [...]

What is Imposter Syndrome and Why Does It Lead to Addiction?

2023-02-20T11:16:40-05:00January 24, 2023|Detox, Mental Health|

Are there times when you feel like whatever you do is never enough? Do you sometimes feel like you are not really the person everyone believes you are?  Do you feel like a fraud and your achievements are not really the result of your hard work? If so you probably feel pressured to do more to prove yourself to your co-workers, friends, and family and to earn their recognition.  Well, you are not alone. You are just one of the many people who suffer from a psychological condition known as imposter syndrome. In this post, we look at what imposter syndrome is and why it sometimes leads to drug and alcohol addiction.  What Exactly is Imposter Syndrome? Imposter syndrome is [...]

Mental Health Conditions that Accompany a Drug and Alcohol Detox

2022-10-13T16:19:32-04:00September 15, 2022|Detox, Mental Health|

Individuals that enter detox with addiction issues to drugs and alcohol often also suffer from a mental health condition. This is referred to as a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis. Co-occurring disorders (or dual diagnosis) refers to having a co-existing mental health conditions or mental illness and a substance use disorder. It is vital that anyone seeking help for an addiction, like entering a detox for drugs and alcohol, also finds a facility that is equipped to handle any mental health issues that they may have, or that may arise during detox. For years, it was thought that treatment facilities may be able to treat either an addiction or mental health issue separately, with the idea that one could [...]

August 2022: National Wellness Month in America

2022-08-30T13:52:08-04:00August 8, 2022|Mental Health|

What is National Wellness Month? Each August in America, National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress, and promoting healthy routines. While wellness and living a healthy lifestyle is vital, many Americans find creating a life focusing on wellness to be difficult. Our quick service, microwave society, where we are moving from one thing to the next at rapid speed, dealing with work and family stress, and all other manners of life can create difficulty for slowing down and taking a focus on our own health and wellness. National Wellness Month is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of wellness and to focus on incorporating wellness routines into our daily lives that can last during the whole year. [...]

Can You Detox from Technology?

2022-06-07T20:17:32-04:00May 10, 2022|Addiction Treatment, Mental Health|

There have been a massive number of stories in the media over the last few weeks detailing the mental health concerns of teenagers and young adults, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest culprit mentioned for this decline in the mental health conditions and resiliency of American youth is technology. Specifically, the constant use of smart phones, gaming devices, social media, and other technology.   There is no doubt that as a society, we are more connected than we’ve ever been, while at the same time, feeling more disconnected.   This paradox stems from technology and our constant access to it: We have 24/7 access to information and communication, yet at the same time, or even because of it, as [...]

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

2022-06-07T19:40:59-04:00May 3, 2022|Mental Health|

America is facing a rising tide of mental health concerns. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the reports of more Americans dealing with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, and substance abuse is off the charts. While mental health in America is an issue that has always been stigmatized and never fully addressed, it has only increased and worsened since the beginning of 2020, impacting more American individuals and families. This increases the need for mental health awareness, and thus Mental Health Awareness Month is of utmost importance in 2022.   Since 1949, the month of May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a month dedicated to raise awareness of those [...]

Pride Month: June 2021

2021-07-02T20:41:37-04:00June 2, 2021|Mental Health|

Celebrated annually every June, Pride Month is a month-long celebration by the LGBTQ+ community, advocates, and allies. It is celebrated each June as a tribute to those individuals who were involved in the Stonewall Riots (also known as the Stonewall Uprising), a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBT community that began on June 28, 1969 in New York City as a response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.   Throughout the month of June, LGBTQ+ community members, advocates, and allies will participate in parties, parades, and other celebratory activities. However, Pride Month is also a time for education, for awareness, and to further the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in America. LGBTQ+ members [...]

Mental Health Awareness Month: May 2021

2021-05-25T16:50:16-04:00May 3, 2021|Mental Health|

During the month of May, organizations and communities around the country will celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. Every year throughout America, millions of people face the difficulty of living with a mental illness or mental health condition. Mental Health Awareness Month is a platform that attempts to raise awareness about mental health issues, educate the public on mental illness, and break the stigma often associated with mental health and mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Month is also vitally important to help individuals recognize that mental health is an essential component to one’s overall health and wellness, that resources are available for those suffering and seeking help, and that mental illnesses and mental health conditions are treatable.   Theme of Mental [...]

The Rise of Hallucinogen Use in America

2021-04-14T15:44:33-04:00April 6, 2021|Mental Health|

Since 2015, the usage of hallucinogen drugs is on the rise throughout the country. A recent study conducted by the University of Cincinnati found that the use of LSD has risen 56% since 2015. With the disruption of COVID-19 causing mass quarantining and isolation, just as the rates of overall substance use and misuse has risen, so has the use and misuse of hallucinogens. Americans seem to be passing the time by tripping in quarantine. What are Hallucinogens? Hallucinogens are a class of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings. These drugs also impact an individual’s thoughts and feelings. Some examples of the effects of hallucinogens are “seeing music”, altered perception of reality, seeing images that aren’t there, [...]

Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and Addiction Recovery during COVID-19

2020-11-30T18:25:32-05:00November 17, 2020|Mental Health|

While Thanksgiving is typically a time of year where we discuss the benefits of giving thanks, 2020 is a difficult year for many people to find gratitude. While during most years we discuss getting together with family and loved ones and sharing gratitude, 2020 is making that all the more difficult. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, ravaging the planet since March, is surging, families are having to cancel Thanksgiving plans, and many people won’t be able to participate in their usual Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations. On top of the coronavirus pandemic, America is divided based on the recent presidential election, many are out of work and struggling financially, and the rates of mental health issues, substance use issues, and suicide are [...]

How to Support Your Mental Health on Election Day

2020-11-30T18:12:42-05:00November 3, 2020|Mental Health|

Today is Election Day, and either Joe Biden or Donald Trump will be elected president. And regardless of who wins, millions of Americans will be upset. This is one of the most emotional national presidential elections ever. American cities are currently bracing for the fallout, boarding up shops and windows and taking extra precautions. Federal authorities even announced the White House is building a ‘non-scalable’ fence around the property. The nation is at a tipping point.   Therefore, it is important to remember that no matter what side of the political aisle you fall on, or what candidate you support or what your political views are, we as Americans must take steps to protect and manage our mental health in [...]

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