The Insanity of a Family Disease

During my twenty-five year career in substance abuse treatment, I’ve frequently heard family members (and clients) insist that "Alcohol isn't his/her/my problem - drugs are!" and "Alcoholism isn't his/her/my problem - addiction is!" as if the same principles of recovery from chemical dependency don't apply to any dysfunctional situation where alcohol either isn't present or isn't present enough to be identified as the primary drug-of-choice.

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Anti-Anxiety Medication Pros and Cons in Teens

Anti-Anxiety Medication Pros and Cons in Teens

Roughly one-quarter of all American teenagers will develop symptoms of an anxiety disorder at some point during adolescence. Most of those affected do not receive proper treatment, however; many teens do receive a course of treatment that includes anti-anxiety medications. While these medications can produce tremendous benefits, they also come with some potentially serious risks for a few teenagers.

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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Depression?

Clinical depression may come and go even if a person suffering its symptoms does not receive treatment. Without intervention episodes typically last for six months to a…

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Ask most people and they can tell you that there are imperfections with their body. Whether it is someone who doesn’t like their nose or feels that they are carrying…

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Loving an Alcoholic

Loving an alcoholic brings unexpected challenges for the entire family including partners, parents, children

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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Most people are used to a shift in moods. It is normal to be happy then experience sadness or vice versa. For some, these peaks and valleys are unusual and extreme. And instead of a fleeting moment, the highs and lows last for days or weeks.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Mood Disorders

A Comprehensive Guide to Mood Disorders

A mood disorder encompasses more than just its namesake. It is actually a variety of disorders that can make up the definition. In fact, mental health professionals use…

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A Guide to Impulse Control Disorder

A Guide to Impulse Control Disorder

We all have issues with impulses at times. A person may swear to only have one slice of cake or not buy those new shoes they cannot afford. That’s a normal part of life…

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Gender dysphoria

Gender Dysphoria: Understanding Identity and Mental Illness

Gender dysphoria may seem more prevalent in today’s society. Yet, this is only due to its acceptance of transgendered – and rightfully so. In the past, people thought that…

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Co-occurring Disorders: What Are They and How Are They Treated?

Co-occurring Disorders: What Are They and How Are They Treated?

Years ago, mental health was separate treatment from drug or alcohol addiction. The facilities for treatment were not the same and even the approach to therapy was different.

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