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These articles and guides offer insight from experts and treatment professionals. The information you’ll find here is thoroughly researched, fact-checked and transparent. Empower yourself with the knowledge to make the best choices for your recovery.

The Hidden Risks of Club Drugs

Synthetic drugs can be misleading. It’s easy to take them by mistake, because they’re often mislabeled or poorly described. Maybe a friend offered you “pure” molly at a festival. Or you saw packages of “legal weed gummies” in your local convenience store. But many synthetic drugs contain other harmful substances. And they’re often unregulated, or...

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Understanding the Link Between Addiction and Schizophrenia

Drug addiction and schizophrenia can feel pretty similar. And if you have both, it might be hard to tell where one condition ends and the other begins. Learning about that dynamic is a key part of recovery. That knowledge can empower you to find the right type of treatment for schizophrenia and substance abuse. Does...

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The Search for Solid Ground: How to Heal From Narcissistic Abuse

The term ‘narcissist’ gets thrown around a lot. And it’s often misused, or used too casually. Narcissism is more than selfishness. And for survivors of narcissistic abuse, it’s anything but casual. If you’ve experienced the intensity of a relationship with a narcissist, you may need to heal from ongoing trauma symptoms. Some people find solace...

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The Complex Relationship Between Addiction and Depression

Depression can be either a cause or symptom of addiction. Some people try to self-medicate their symptoms, which leads to addiction. Others get depressed because of their substance use. But there’s a reason these 2 conditions appear together so often. If you have signs of both, you might need specialized treatment at a rehab for...

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Breaking the Cycle: How to Heal From Addiction and Anxiety

Anxiety can be more than a feeling. It also affects your behavior. And if it’s getting in the way of your daily life, it makes sense that you’d look for ways to cope. But not all coping strategies are healthy. Some—like drug use—can even make your anxiety worse. In rehab for anxiety, you can learn...

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You’re Still You: Resources for Recovery from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is more complicated than it sounds. Until you’re in the thick of it, you might imagine the lines are clearly drawn. “If it ever gets physical, I’ll leave right away.” But then it happens on a holiday, or while you’re between jobs. It happens in private, and you can’t remember all the details....

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Exploring the Link Between ADHD and Addiction

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a serious mental health issue. From the name, it’s easy to think this condition is a set of behavioral problems. But those are just the symptoms. In reality, ADHD comes from a neurochemical imbalance—and it’s remarkably similar to the brain chemistry of addiction. If you’re considering treatment for ADHD and addiction,...

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Holistic Recovery From Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be isolating. And that’s hard enough on a social level, if you’re skipping group activities that include shared meals. But it’s more than social. These conditions can also make you feel disconnected from yourself. If that’s your experience, holistic treatment for eating disorders might be a good fit. This approach invites you...

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Unplug From Gaming Addiction and Reconnect With Real Life

In moderation, video games can be a great way to unwind. But gaming can take over your life. If it goes from a casual hobby to an all-consuming part of your routine, you might need support to get back on track. And there are many ways to approach recovery. You can even go to rehab...

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Who Works in Rehabs? Understanding Roles and Titles

When you choose something as important as a rehab, you want to be sure you’re in good hands. Addiction treatment is a life-changing process, and surrounding yourself with the right people can set you up for success. Everyone who works at your treatment center has an important role to play in your recovery. As you...

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Sadness vs. Depression: How to Tell the Difference

Feeling sad is normal—even healthy. It’s a natural part of the human experience. But persistent sadness can cross a line. When this emotion becomes a mental health condition, you might need professional support. The problem is, it can be hard to distinguish between sadness and depression. There are some key differences between these 2 experiences....

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Beyond the Stigma: Recovery From Personality Disorders

Yes, you can find treatment for a personality disorder. These are serious conditions, but they’re not monsters under the bed. Your personality is not broken. Data shows that there are many effective ways to treat these mental health issues. In a rehab program for personality disorders, you’ll have access to a variety of therapies. Prepare...

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How Long Does Rehab Last?

The short answer is: it depends. Many factors influence the length of your stay in residential rehab. You can plan around some of these in advance. For example, your insurance might only pay for certain types of care, but other issues may arise while you’re in treatment. Ultimately, you’ll work with a team of experts...

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But What if I Relapse?

If you’re healing from addiction, it makes sense to worry about relapse. This can be a concern at every stage of recovery, whether you’re just starting detox or years into sobriety. Cravings and triggers don’t just disappear. But with the right type of addiction treatment, you can make a plan to keep yourself safe. Notice...

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8 Ways Healing Can Be Joyful 

Challenges are a natural part of any growth process—but that’s not all there is to it. Healing can also be punctuated by small wins, big triumphs, exciting breakthroughs, and deep connections. At the end of the day, the self-knowledge, empowerment, and resources you gain are immeasurably rewarding. Here are 8 ways to find joy in...

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How Rehabs Protect Your Privacy

Addiction can affect anyone, from high-profile CEOs to teens. In spite of this, there’s a stigma attached to admitting you have a problem. And unfortunately, that stigma prevents some people from getting help. If you’re considering rehab, it makes sense to think about how it will impact your reputation. But that doesn’t have to get...

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What Happens When You Get Sober?

When you’re living with an addiction, it can be hard to imagine recovery. Many people get lost in the negative, thinking about life without drugs or alcohol. But what about life with more time, energy, and emotional stability? Addiction eats away at your resources. People lose money, relationships, their physical health—the list goes on and...

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How to Prepare for Rehab

When you decide to go to rehab, you might not have a lot of time to prepare. This is likely an emotionally fraught process, but there are still ways to set yourself up for success. If you can take care of obligations at home before you leave, you won’t have to worry about anything but...

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Resources for Healing From Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is hugely stigmatized, and not well understood by the general public. There are many resources for the loved ones and family members of people with BPD. But if you’re the one living with this condition, it can be hard to get the help you need—and deserve. BPD is a serious mental...

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4 Alternative Therapies for Trauma

Healing from trauma is complicated, and nonlinear. Symptoms can last for years after you get to safety—and they can change over time. What comforts you on a Monday may be triggering on Tuesday. It can be frustrating to feel like you’re not healing fast enough, even when you’re actively trying to get better. That frustration...

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Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Actually Help You Heal?

Some people find it easier to relate to animals than to other humans. Animals are easy to be around, as they’re nonjudgmental and unconditionally loving. And those can be especially helpful qualities when you’re working through vulnerable issues. In animal-assisted therapy (AAT), animals like horses, dogs, and dolphins support the therapy process by helping people...

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What to Do When Your Loved One Goes to Rehab

When you love someone with addiction or mental health issues, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You might feel like you’re stuck in a loop, waiting for them to get the help they need. And when it’s hard to keep things stable right now, it’s even harder to plan for the future. When a loved one...

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Alternatives to 12-Step Recovery

12-Step programs are a popular method for addiction recovery. It’s easy to access free meetings, both online and in person. You can even find rehab centers that support your journey through the Steps. And while these programs have clear benefits, they’re not the only way to heal from addiction. Recovery is a personal process, and...

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Dopamine and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

Addiction changes how the brain functions. It especially impacts the brain’s “reward system,” which is largely based on dopamine. This hormone is responsible for our pleasure response, along with other important functions like memory, attention, and mood. Understanding addiction is an important part of recovery. Knowing there’s a physiological reason for your addiction can relieve...

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What Is 12-Step Facilitation in Rehab?

At some point in your search for a rehab, you may have heard treatment professionals use the term “12-Step facilitation.” But what does it mean? 12-Step facilitation, or TSF, is a method used in clinical settings to promote participation in the 12 Steps as a core part of addiction treatment. Aspects of TSF are often...

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How to Avoid Common Addiction Treatment Center Scams

Your time in rehab should be focused on getting well. And in many treatment centers, it will be. Reputable rehab facilities are designed to help patients as they enter recovery. And after you complete the program, you’ll be ready for whatever comes next. Unfortunately, many rehab centers take advantage of people. They’re more focused on...

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Is 12-Step Recovery Right For You?

You’ve probably heard of the 12 Steps, but what exactly does this approach to recovery entail? The 12 Steps provide a guideline to recovery itself, and the programs supplement treatment. Attending meetings provides you with social support and the means to maintain sobriety after rehab. Many people enjoy these aspects of this approach, and choose...

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Ecotherapy: Using Nature’s Power to Heal

If you’re considering residential rehab, you might be feeling the need to get away from it all. You might also notice that many treatment centers are located in remote, naturally beautiful settings—and with good reason. Spending time in nature has a powerful calming effect, and can help set you up for success in recovery. Rehab...

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Successful Treatment, Despite Experiencing Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

So you’ve done the hard work of detoxing. But now you’re having trouble remembering details. Or, you’re even more anxious than you were when you first quit. These feelings can be overwhelming, and you might not understand why. For many people, there’s a simple answer. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a group of symptoms...

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Breaking Toxic Bonds: How to Get Help for Love Addiction

Humans naturally seek love and connection. But because relationships are innately complex, it can be hard to tell the difference between an incredible feeling and a harmful dynamic. There’s not a lot of agreement among professionals about what love addiction is, exactly. But regardless of how they’re labeled, unhealthy patterns in romantic relationships can seriously...

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Should Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Be Part of Your Recovery Plan?

Therapy alone isn’t the only way to approach recovery. For some people, a combination of medication and therapy might be the best option. This is exactly what medication-assisted treatment (MAT) does—and it works incredibly well for certain substance use disorders. However, this evidence-based treatment technique for substance use does have its risks. For example, some...

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The Importance of Relationships: Exploring Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Relationships play important roles in our lives. We rely heavily on our partners, family, and friends, and when our relationships suffer, our lives do too. This is the idea behind interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). With this form of therapy, the goal is to enhance relationships and social support networks to alleviate the symptoms of depression and...

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Does Trauma Cause Addiction?

Addiction rarely begins on its own. Something often triggers the need to use substances to self-medicate, cope, or forget painful events, even just briefly. Uncovering and addressing the traumas behind your addiction is an important part of the recovery journey. And with rehab centers dedicated to treating trauma, you can work through this with the...

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Can I Go to Rehab and Keep Working? What to Expect in Rehab for Executives

Executives and business owners aren’t immune to addiction. Anyone can misuse substances—even high-level professionals. If a lot of people are depending on you, it can be hard to make time for self-care. And when you’re constantly on the go, you might not even realize you have a serious problem. You have the right to ask...

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Understanding Strengths-Based Therapy for Addiction and Mental Health

No matter what challenges you’ve faced, you have many different strengths and skills that have helped you navigate and even overcome adversity. But we often don’t recognize our own strengths and successes. This is partially because most traditional addiction and mental health treatments set out to help you analyze, “fix,” and avoid unhealthy habits, past...

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Treating Addiction With Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Addiction can hijack your behavior. This condition makes it easy to lose sight of your goals, values, and even immediate needs. Instead, many people prioritize drug use over the things that matter most to them. In rehab, you’ll have space to take a step back and look at your life as a whole. That perspective...

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) For Depression: What It Is and Why It Works

Depression is debilitating, and finding adequate treatment is a deeply personal experience. Because every person’s experience is unique, what works for some may not work for others. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is one promising treatment method that may work for you. This form of therapy takes elements from mindfulness training and cognitive behavioral therapy and...

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What Is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Can It Work for You?

Talking about trauma isn’t easy—it’s often emotionally draining, and it can even be retraumatizing. That’s why alternative therapies like EMDR can be a helpful part of your treatment plan. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) uses eye movements to reframe traumatic memories. While that might seem unusual, this therapy works for many people and can...

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How TF-CBT Helps Families Heal From Trauma

If you’re trying to help a child who’s experienced trauma, it can be hard to know what to do. They may suffer from post-traumatic stress symptoms like nightmares, anxiety, or behavioral issues. It can feel like neither of you has control over their trauma responses. And that can put more stress on your child and...

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5 Common Evidence-Based Treatments for Trauma

Trauma, no matter where it comes from or what form it takes, is real. And so are its effects on your life. Today, as treatment professionals continue to learn how widespread trauma and trauma-related disorders truly are, more and more therapies become available to treat it. You might access these in individual therapy, or in...

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Understanding Anxiety’s Effect on Eating Disorders

Eating disorders don’t develop in a vacuum. They often go hand in hand with other mental health conditions, like anxiety. And that can make it hard to get the treatment you need. In rehab for eating disorders, providers know that mental and behavioral issues are connected. Eating disorders are unhealthy coping mechanisms, but they exist...

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Recovery Doesn’t End With Rehab: Why Aftercare Is So Important

Recovery doesn’t end when you complete rehab. Instead, this ongoing process will continue for the rest of your life. Aftercare, or continuing care, helps people transition back into life after rehab. Rehab removes you from everyday stressors. This lets you focus on yourself, and on healing. But the reality is that you can still expect...

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Guide to Online Resources for Mental Health

A lot of life happens online. We rely on online resources for everything from business meetings to yoga classes—and healthcare is no exception. For many people, this is an issue of accessibility. And fortunately, there are more and more online options for treating mental health. Use this guide to find websites, apps, and even trained...

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Staging an Intervention: Everything You Need to Know to Prepare

When you think of an intervention, you might picture a classic scene from a movie or TV show. A group of family and friends gather together in a living room, talking to a loved one about their addiction. While this is one way to do it, there are many more ways to stage an intervention....

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Levels of Care: A Guide to Your Addiction Treatment Options

When you’re ready to get treatment for addiction, you might not know where to start. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Experts have clearly defined the different stages of recovery. Understanding them can help you plan for what comes next. Some or all of these steps may resonate with you. However, everyone’s healing...

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Get Control of Your Anger—And Your Life

Everyone feels angry sometimes. It’s a normal emotion, and it can even be healthy. But anger can also become a problem. Chronic or extreme rage can damage your relationships. And it can interfere with your ability to enjoy the best parts of your life. If it feels like rage is controlling you, instead of the...

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When Do I Need Residential Rehab?

Entering recovery is a major life change. While you’re learning how to heal from addiction, you might need a lot of support. For many people, inpatient rehab is the right place to start. In these programs, you’ll get daily attention from a team of trained providers. In most centers, you’ll also be living with other...

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Codependency Treatment: Healing Your Relationship With Yourself and Others

Codependency is born out of good intentions. It’s easy to miss the signs of this condition, because you might think your behavior is loving. But love isn’t always healthy. And when you take full responsibility for your loved ones’ problems, things can get out of hand. If you’re ignoring your own needs in order to...

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Learning to Manage OCD in Rehab

Unmanaged obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often debilitating. Its unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors can take over your life. These symptoms can also damage your relationships, leaving you isolated from support. Your intrusive thoughts don’t have to define you. With the right treatment, you can find relief from the symptoms of OCD. You can also learn...

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What to Do When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue

Grief is one of the most painful experiences you can go through. If you’re grieving a loss, it can be difficult to imagine moving on. It probably seems unfair. But remember to be gentle with yourself. Try to avoid judging your own feelings, no matter what they are. This kaleidoscope of emotions may range from...

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FAQs: Involuntary Rehab

Seeing a loved one struggle with addiction can be extremely difficult. Addiction has a huge impact on the person experiencing it. It can also affect the mental health of loved ones, and put a strain on their entire community. You want to help as best as you can. You may have already looked into rehabs...

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Heal Your Relationships—and Yourself—in Family and Couples Therapy

Addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. A single person’s mental health issues can affect a whole community. And in particular, addiction can wreak havoc on family dynamics, undermining every person’s mental health. This is true for blood relatives, spouses, and chosen family members. Many rehab programs offer family therapy to people in residential treatment. This...

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How to Find an LGBTQ+ Friendly Rehab

As an LGBTQ+ person, it can be hard to find supportive, affirming treatment for addiction. In some cases, it can actually be dangerous to disclose certain aspects of your life to a provider. Other doctors may have good intentions, but lack cultural competency. And if your care team struggles to understand you, recovery can be...

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Burnout is a Serious Mental Health Condition That May Require Rehab: Here’s Why

Burnout is more than exhaustion. This term gets tossed around a lot—so much that you might not realize it’s a serious mental health issue. People with burnout may feel exhausted and negative, for a longer time than usual. Stress serves a purpose. In the short term, it keeps us safe from danger. It can also...

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How Rehab Can Help You Learn to Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be as emotionally debilitating as it is physically. It can be frustrating to miss out on activities and events you normally love, and daily life can feel downright exhausting. Loved ones may not understand, and the loss of that social support can be draining. However, you can find help. There are plenty...

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Finding Addiction Treatment as a Neurodivergent Person

Everyone’s brain is unique. If you’re a neurodivergent person, you might be acutely aware of that. Fortunately, addiction recovery isn’t one-size-fits-all. You can find a rehab program designed to accommodate your needs. Choosing the best rehab option for you can feel complicated for lots of reasons. For example, your sensory or communication needs might be...

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Treatment–And Hope–for People With Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. For some people, drug abuse is related to another mental health diagnosis. If you have a co-occurring disorder, you may need specialized care during rehab. Pre-existing mental health conditions can make addiction more likely. And, some addictions can also cause emotional problems. If either of these applies to you,...

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When Drinking Doesn’t Help: The Connection Between Alcohol and Social Anxiety

Alcohol and anxiety are closely related. Many people with social anxiety disorder (SAD) feel like drinking alleviates their symptoms. In the short term, that might even be true. But over time, any alcohol consumption can make matters worse. Heavy drinking not only increases anxiety; it can also turn into addiction. If you have either of...

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Groundbreaking or Gimmicky? What Really Happens in Equine-Assisted Therapy

Equine therapy (ET), also known as equine-assisted therapy (EAT), is an increasingly popular method of addiction treatment. In this therapy, your interactions with a horse will help you achieve therapeutic goals. Specifically, you might work on social skills, sensory processing, and physical wellness. You may also gain insight into how your behavior affects those around...

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How to Identify & Treat Gambling Addiction

Gambling is often seen as harmless fun, and many people are able to do it from time to time without developing an addiction. This makes it difficult for some people to realize when it’s becoming a problem. Unfortunately, few people who struggle with gambling addiction get the help they need. In fact, many people are...

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Healing From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Everyone deals with trauma differently. At times, experiencing traumatic events can develop into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although this disorder may feel isolating, remember that many people are diagnosed with PTSD—probably more than you realize. And because of this, there are so many different resources available that can help you along your recovery process. Rehab...

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Schizophrenia Rehab and Recovery

Schizophrenia is a very serious mental illness that can affect how you think, feel, and behave. If you have this diagnosis, you or those around you may feel as though you have lost touch with reality. These symptoms can make it difficult to access the care you need to begin recovery. Fortunately, many rehab centers...

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Behavioral Therapies for Meth Addiction Recovery

Because meth addiction is so highly stigmatized, it can be intimidating to admit you have a problem. And it’s perfectly valid to fear that you’ll be judged for doing so. Fortunately, there are expert providers who can help. By connecting with a rehab that treats meth addiction, you can begin healing in a safe and...

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Resilience in Recovery From Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma doesn’t just go away. You may continue to feel its effects throughout your adult life. Some people—although certainly not all—develop mental health conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as a result of these painful experiences. And because the past can’t be undone, it can be hard to imagine moving forward. No matter how...

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Stop Smoking, Start Living: Rehabs That Can Help You Quit

It’s notoriously difficult to quit smoking, especially since it’s such a habitual part of everyday life. However, the physical and emotional effects of nicotine dependence are less than desirable, and you may have decided it’s time to put a stop to them. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit before, you may feel understandably frustrated. Did...

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How to Recognize High-Functioning Alcohol Addiction

If you’re keeping up the appearance of a healthy lifestyle, it can be hard to know whether you have a high-functioning alcohol addiction. However, this condition can have just as many negative effects as more recognizable alcohol misuse. If drinking is having any negative impact on your life at all, you don’t have to wait...

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Healing From Heroin Addiction—and Stigma

Because heroin addiction is so highly stigmatized, it can be difficult to ask for help. And recovery can be overwhelming without the proper support. Fortunately, many rehab programs specialize in heroin addiction treatment. You may be tempted to delay treatment for many reasons, including the associated stigma, the risks of detox, or a sense of...

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Focus on Recovery: Finding Treatment for Prescription Stimulant Addiction

In our accelerating world, it can be hard to keep up. It’s no wonder that some people turn to prescription stimulants to cope. Drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Concerta —sometimes called “smart drugs” or “study drugs”—can be very helpful for people with ADHD, narcolepsy, and major depression, when taken as prescribed. But if you’re...

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How to Set Boundaries With an Addicted Loved One

It is, in fact, possible to love someone too much. When you care about a person with an addiction, it can be hard to stop yourself from giving. But over time, generosity can become counterproductive. In the very attempt to support them, you may be enabling their unhealthiest behaviors. If what they really need is...

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Preparing for Withdrawal and Detox

When you begin healing from addiction, it’s natural to be concerned about withdrawal. This process can be uncomfortable or even dangerous without proper supervision. But no matter how long you’ve been misusing substances, healing is always possible. And there are many well-established approaches to treatment for drug and alcohol withdrawal. Before you begin any new...

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Rehab for Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)

Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) has the same symptoms as depression, but with a more complex and challenging recovery process. And those very symptoms can make it difficult to seek help. Although the journey to recovery from treatment-resistant depression can feel daunting, there are a growing number of treatment options available. And the more you know about...

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Starting Recovery From Benzodiazepine Addiction

While benzodiazepines can effectively treat many conditions, they’re also highly addictive. It’s unfortunately common for patients to begin by taking these drugs as prescribed, and ultimately develop substance use disorders. The process of recovery from substance abuse looks different for every patient. With benzos, it’s particularly important to seek medical treatment in order to mitigate...

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What Is Rehab?

When you’re ready to heal from addiction, you might consider going to rehab. The term “rehab,” short for “rehabilitation,” usually refers to a program or treatment center in which people heal from substance use disorders and mental health conditions. Many patients find that attending rehab, and especially inpatient treatment, is the best way to begin...

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Ketamine-Assisted Therapy for Substance Use Disorders

Ketamine-assisted therapy, or KAT, is a newly popular treatment for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Because many patients with these diagnoses often struggle to find effective treatment, doctors and researchers continue to seek out new options. And today, many people are finding that ketamine-assisted therapy helps with recovery from substance use disorders. Despite its historical stigma...

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Living Healthily With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder can be overwhelming. Like any mood disorder, this diagnosis can impact your relationships, your work, and your emotional well-being. But it’s possible to live a full and meaningful life, even with such a serious diagnosis. You can achieve this by finding mental health treatment that meets your unique needs. About 2.8% of the...

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Motivational Interviewing: A Counseling Style That Can Keep You Committed to Recovery

If you’re healing from a substance use disorder, you already know that it isn’t a linear process. The recovery journey is full of ups and downs. And it’s normal to have mixed feelings when you’re trying to break any habit, especially one as powerful as addiction. Although these feelings are normal, being uncertain can get...

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Healing From Sex and Love Addiction

Sex and love are important aspects of a full life. However, both can be addictive. And it can be hard to distinguish between sustainable and toxic relationships. But, like any other type of mental health condition, healing is always possible. And there are many ways to treat sex and love addiction. What is Sex/Love Addiction?...

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Attending Women’s-Only Rehab

Women face a unique set of mental health concerns. And due to societal pressures, they may also encounter barriers to treatment. For example, some women feel unsafe or uncomfortable around men. Because of this, it can be hard for them to start recovery in a mixed-gender environment. In order to accommodate this demographic, some facilities...

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Finding Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction can wreak havoc on a person’s life. And once you’re caught in the cycle of substance misuse, healing may seem out of reach. That’s a misperception. Recovery is always possible. For some people, rehab for cocaine addiction is the best place to start. “Cocaine is the most commonly reported illicit stimulant used in...

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Finding Calm: Options for Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be a useful response in certain situations. It alerts us to dangers and helps us prepare and pay attention. But anxiety disorders are more than normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness—they involve excessive fear or anxiousness which can negatively impact everyday life. If you often feel...

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FAQs: Detoxing From Substance Use

Detox is one of the first steps in recovery from a substance use disorder. During this process, you’ll stop using the substances in question and allow them to leave your system. Depending on the severity of your addiction, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. The experience of detox is almost always uncomfortable. And in some cases,...

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Inpatient Treatment for Mental Health Conditions

Mental illness is highly treatable. But if you’re struggling, it can be hard to know where to start. Just remember that you are not alone, and that it’s ok to ask for help from the experts. Sometimes, the best way to begin healing is by attending an inpatient treatment program. Residential rehab isn’t just for...

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Alcohol Addiction and Recovery

Alcoholism can be devastating. And because drinking is both legal and socially acceptable, it can be difficult to recognize when you have a problem. But when you’re ready to seek help, there are many ways to get treatment for alcohol addiction. This substance use disorder may interfere with your physical and mental health, your work,...

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How to Approach Healing From Opioid Abuse

It’s all too easy to become addicted to opiates. Once you develop a tolerance for painkillers, it can be difficult to imagine life without them. This is true even for people who started by using opioids under medical supervision. And because they are so commonly prescribed, the misuse of these drugs is extremely prevalent. Because...

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Recognizing the Signs of Addiction to Prescription Pain Relievers

It can be hard to recognize the signs of a substance use disorder. That’s especially true for patients who overuse prescription medications. Even if you started taking a drug for medical reasons, it’s still possible to misuse it. Because of this, many patients struggle to admit that they need to go to rehab for an...

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Helpful Tools for Treating Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction can be challenging to manage. If you’ve just arrived at this diagnosis, you probably have a lot of questions about what to do next. For some people, finding a rehab program that specializes in cannabis use disorder is a next step that makes sense. Marijuana is the most widely consumed recreational drug in...

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What to Do When Someone You Love Is Suicidal

Immediate help is available. If you or someone in your life is experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Suicidal ideation, or suicidality, is the act of wanting or expressing that you want to commit suicide. If someone you love shows these symptoms, they should be taken very seriously....

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Trauma-Informed Care: Finding Support and Understanding in Rehab

Trauma often changes how you interpret the world—and it’s easy to feel that no one understands. But it’s a rather common human experience: “70% of adults in the U.S. experienced some type of traumatic event1 at least once in their lives,” according to the National Council for Behavioral Health. Given how prevalent trauma is, the...

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How to Talk to a Loved One About Going to Rehab: A Conversation Guide

It can be hard to talk about substance use disorders. And that’s especially true if your loved one is in crisis, or in denial about their condition. But these conversations are crucial, and they can have a hugely positive impact. If you’re concerned about a friend or family member’s substance misuse, these strategies may help...

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Everything You Need to Know About Rehab Costs

Cost is a major concern for people seeking addiction and mental health help. Thankfully, getting professional help for addiction is possible even without health insurance or lots of money in the bank. Seeking help for addiction and mental health issues pays off in the long run and can ultimately end up saving you money in...

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Finding Treatment for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders (EDs) are a serious mental health issue. And while they’re more common than you might think, it’s important to remember that eating disorders are treatable. People can and do recover from them. Treatment for eating disorders comes in several forms: some people need, or prefer, to receive around-the-clock care from medical professionals and...

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Holistic Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Holistic treatment, sometimes called alternative treatment, uses a variety of techniques to approach healing. This philosophy considers each client as a whole person, with a deep intrinsic connection between their mind, body, and spirit. More and more rehab programs are implementing holistic therapy to treat substance use disorders. For the most part, these techniques are...

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What Is Rehab?

Rehabilitation, often just rehab for short, refers to a program or a facility where people can receive treatment for various addictions and mental health conditions. Rehab is a place of restoration for a person who is seeking recovery from addiction and/or a mental health condition. Rehab is not just for the financially elite or those...

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The Basics of Understanding Addiction

No one chooses to be addicted to drugs, alcohol, or gambling. So, what happens? Where does drinking cross the line into an alcohol problem? When does drug use grow from something that makes you feel good to something that takes over your life because if you don’t have it you feel miserable? What Is Addiction?...

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What Happens During Withdrawal?

When you enter addiction recovery, you may or may not go through withdrawal—and you can’t always predict whether you’ll have symptoms. If you’re ready to quit drugs or alcohol, it’s a good idea to make a safety plan. And depending on your specific addiction, that plan might need to include medical detox. What Causes Withdrawal?...

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How Do I Know If I Have a Drug Problem

A person may know they have a drug problem if they have become dependent on a drug and feel like the drug is needed for functioning. Another way an individual can tell if their drug use is causing a problem is if they are experiencing negative consequences in their home, work, or personal relationships. When...

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How Do I Know If I Have an Alcohol Problem

Because drinking is socially acceptable, it can be very hard to tell whether you have a problem with alcohol. In certain situations, you may even be pressured to drink more in order to keep up with a group. And alcohol is far more accessible than most other dangerous substances. But just because it’s legal, that...

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Treatment

Trying to find substance abuse and mental health treatment that meets your needs can be overwhelming. Why? Well, one main reason is we often don’t know where to even begin and we have misconceptions about “rehab” and recovery. When someone breaks a bone, most of us lay people have common knowledge about treatment protocol: See...

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Choosing a Rehab for Your Teen or Young Adult

If your teen or young adult is struggling with substance abuse, you likely have a lot on your mind. From wondering how your teen got involved in drugs in the first place to worrying about what the future holds, it’s tough to know where to turn and the right questions to ask. The encouraging news...

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Rehab for Depression: What are my Treatment Options?

Most people think of rehab as a place you go to get treatment for substance use disorders. But did you know that many rehabs also treat mental health and mood disorders, like depression? Many people seek help with mental health challenges at treatment centers every year, and may choose an inpatient, outpatient, or online format...

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Rehab for Survivors of Sexual Trauma

Sexual trauma is never the survivor’s fault. It doesn’t matter what you wore, who you dated, or whether you fought back. Many people struggle to believe that, which can make it hard to ask for support. But remember: you deserve care. You have the right to heal. And for some clients, rehab for sexual trauma...

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