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Bipolar Disorder in Men

By: Heather Rolland Bipolar disorder is a serious medical condition requiring treatment. Whether the best option for you is a men’s treatment center, an outpatient clinic, or a combination of psychotherapy, self-help groups, and medication management, treatment is key. There are two types of bipolar disorder: Bipolar I and II. In Bipolar I, manic episodes …

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Self-Medicating With Alcohol Can Make Anxiety Worse

A topic was raised recently: “I have two friends who drink to relax vs. taking prescription medications. They feel it’s cheaper, easier and has no side effects.” It is common practice among people who face depression and anxiety to use alcohol to self-medicate without realizing the negative effects of alcohol and depression/anxiety. When emotions become …

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Most Misleading Depictions of Treatment Centers in Film & Television

Depending on the decade in which you were born, thinking about the rehab experience in treatment centers through the lens of film and television could either be frightening or appealing, depending on how it is represented … or misrepresented. A treatment center experience might bring to mind terrifying thoughts of torment dispensed by “Nurse Ratchet” …

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Best Continuing Care Programs After Addiction Treatment

Choosing to enter a program in a drug treatment center is an important first step in addiction recovery. Organized treatment programs offer a structured multidisciplinary environment designed to address various components of addiction recovery, including emotional and psychological factors, and medical concerns. But when treatment is successfully completed, there is a critical next step during …

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Pros and Cons of Using Holistic Treatment for Addiction

In addition to traditional therapies, many addiction treatment facilities are now integrating holistic healing practices into their provision of services. You may be wondering: what does “holistic” mean, exactly? The term is still unfamiliar to many people, because the medical profession in the United States has generally avoided recommending holistic treatment methods — until recently. …

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High-Functioning Addicts: Who They Are and Who Is at Risk

By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O., Board Certified Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry Associate Medical Director, Promises Professionals Treatment Program It is estimated that 10% to 14% of the U.S. population is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Many of those affected, including nearly 20% of all alcoholics, do not fit the stereotypical image of an addict — they …

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Stress vs. Anxiety as Triggers for Addiction: Which Is Worse?

Stress and anxiety are significant drivers of substance abuse. But what’s the difference between stress and anxiety, and how does each impact the development of addictive behaviors? A new study paper highlights the discovery of important distinctions between stress and anxiety, and reveals that anxiety may be the stronger catalyst for drug or alcohol problems. …

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