Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Sleep disturbances, common among those in recovery, are not only a nuisance, but they can also derail new-found sobriety. When you’re sleep-deprived, you don’t function at your optimum level. There is a solution to the troubles of insomnia. Pennsylvania cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is recommended as the first treatment option. Effects of Insomnia Even…

Suicide and Meth Use

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is a highly addictive and extremely damaging drug of abuse. Many people have become dependent on it and too many have died as a result. The physical effects of this drug can lead to fatalities, but the truly troubling side effects are psychological, leading to the…

Effects of Parent Drug Abuse on Young Children

The effects of parent drug abuse on young children, ages 6 to 12 and younger, are detrimental and lasting. Young children with parents using drugs may experience traumas including abuse or neglect. They may see things that traumatize them or that are hard to understand. They may feel unloved, hurt and frightened. Traumatic events, neglect,…

Seven Ways to Help Yourself When You Love an Addict

Loving an addict can feel like you’re on a perpetual rollercoaster of emotions — anger, sadness, hate, love, fear, relief, guilt, disbelief — sometimes experiencing all within mere moments. It’s not surprising that research shows loved ones of addicted individuals suffer from increased stress, depression and poorer overall well-being. As much as our addicted loved…

Do You Need Inpatient Treatment for Depression?

If you suffer from depression, you’re not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), depression is the leading cause of disability across the globe. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports only have people with mental health disorders receive treatment. With roughly 16 million American adults living with major depression,…

Spiritual Distress in the Wake of Trauma

The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.” The effects are long-lasting and might take the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debilitating anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms such as nightmares, feelings of hyper-arousal and multisensory flashbacks reminiscent of the traumatic…

Veterans’ Risks for Drug Abuse

Recent findings from an American research group point to a connection between drug problems in veterans, depression and emotional trauma exposure that occurs as early as childhood or as late as after the end of military service. Diagnosable problems with drugs or alcohol appear fairly frequently in men and women who have served in the…