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Alcohol and Its Effects on Mental Health

Dual diagnosis treatment programs have become increasingly important in recent years, especially as we continue to learn more about how alcohol can impact mental health. Alcohol use disorder and mental health issues often go hand in hand, with one exacerbating the other. In this blog post, we will explore the relationship between alcohol and mental […]

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DUI vs. DWI: The Critical Differences

Driving under the influence threatens safety and presents legal challenges if it culminates in arrest. Many people need clarification about the differences between DUI and DWI and under what circumstances law enforcement issue these penalties. Thoroughly examining the nuances of DUI versus DWI is critical to understanding your legal case or that of a loved

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Common Co-Occurring Disorders for Borderline Personality Disorder

Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, are mental health conditions that coexist with one another. Individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) may struggle with additional mental health issues, such as ADHD, anxiety, or addiction. Recognizing co-occurring disorders and BPD can help people receive the appropriate treatment to lead healthier lives.At Recovery Ranch in TN,

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Spotting Signs of Heroin Addiction Could Save a Life

Spotting the psychological and physical symptoms of heroin abuse could help you save the life of somebody you know. This is especially important given the rising number of deaths attributed to the drug. From 2010 to 2012, the number of overdose deaths from heroin doubled across 28 states, and in 2012 the same states saw

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The Evolution of Addiction Treatment

The evolution of addiction treatment programs has been drastic. Decades ago, people struggling with addiction were believed to be morally degenerate, and the process of “treating” their addiction often amounted to little more than torture. Until research showed that addiction was a treatable disease of the brain, many people were also given prison sentences or

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Benefits of Equine Therapy in Drug Rehab Treatment

The term “therapy” often paints the picture of a person lying on a couch in a dimly-lit room while they talk to someone with a clipboard. However, therapy has changed tremendously as research finds new benefits in alternative therapy. Equine therapy is a relatively new therapy that offers people in recovery from addiction and those

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Suicide and Meth Use

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is highly addictive. Many people have become dependent on it, and too many have died. The physical effects of this drug can lead to fatalities, but the truly troubling side effects are psychological, leading to the relationship between suicide and meth use.Abusers of meth are more

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The Challenge of Balancing Pain Management and Addiction

While treating pain is essential to medicine, it is important to be aware of the dangers of patients becoming addicted. The most frequently used medicines for treating moderate, severe, and chronic pain are opioids, which are highly addictive. Millions of people have fallen victim to one or more of these drugs, and the number continues

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