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Month: July 2012

Animal-Assisting Therapy for Addiction

In reading the title of this article, your first thought may be that someone has made a mistake. Surely, you are thinking, they must be referring to ‘animal-assisted therapy’, which is a fairly familiar topic to anyone who has done a Google search looking for information about alternative treatments for addiction and other chronic health …

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Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Bipolar disorder, a serious psychiatric condition sometimes referred to as “Manic Depression”, is aptly named due to the “bipolar opposite” of the extreme moods. Most individuals with bipolar disorder experience mood swings that range from extreme manic highs to severely depressed lows. The disorder can be diagnosed after just one manic episode and no depressive …

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Low Self-Esteem Linked to Depression

Low self-esteem and depression both fill a mind with negative thoughts. Beliefs about oneself form the self-esteem either positively or negatively. Negative experiences with others may greatly influence the low self-esteem someone develops. Depression, rather, is a psychological and physical disorder that stems from within, but can be influenced by self-esteem.

Using Pets as Healing Partners

Ask any animal lover and they’ll tell you that pets can help you heal nearly any hurt. But ask a scientist and you might be surprised to receive the same answer! Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), and Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) have gained some attention from researchers due to the positive (or is that “pawsitive”) outcomes reported. While …

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Elements of a Winning Mindset for Successful Addiction Treatment

Choosing to go into an addiction treatment program is one of the most important, most difficult, and potentially most life-altering decisions you will ever make. Taking the first step towards treatment takes a lot of courage, and treatment itself takes dedication and hard work. The rewards of successful addiction treatment, however, make all the effort …

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An Interview with Justin Roll, Primary Therapist

First thing in the morning, as the sun rises, Justin Roll meditates on his front porch. With his focus sharp and his mind calm, he heads to The Ranch, where he serves as a primary therapist in the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery, the men’s sex addiction program.

Why Are Eating Disorders on the Rise Among Middle-Aged Women?

Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are serious mental health conditions that can damage health or even result in death. For many years the problem seemed to mainly afflict teenage girls and young women. It was thought that the conditions were rooted in histories where the sufferer had experienced a frightening loss of control …

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