Navigating Existential Distress in Recovery

Content Reviewed by Jennifer Wheeler, Clinical & Community Outreach What is the purpose of existence? What happens after death? We live in a world with an abundance of unknowns. Nearly everyone will begin to question these unknowns at some point in life. Humans are meaning-makers. Finding meaning in life helps people relate better to others, … Read more

How Addiction Impairs the Brain’s Reward Center

One of the largest misconceptions about addiction is that it is a choice. While addiction may develop from the initial decision to use substances, it takes over vital brain regions responsible for motivating individuals to carry out specific tasks and responsibilities. Nearly all brain areas are affected by addiction, especially the brain’s reward center. The … Read more

Panic Disorder and How It Relates to Addiction

Chronic panic disorders and certain anxiety disorders induce persistent fears that interfere with work, relationships and social activities. Symptoms can be both physical and psychological, and addressing these symptoms requires a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. However, many individuals seek relief from substances to help them cope with their panic and anxiety. While this may provide short-term … Read more

5 Benefits of Outpatient Care

Seeking treatment for substance use disorders (SUD) should not be challenging. While many believe that seeking help at an inpatient treatment center is the best approach, it might not be the best approach for you. Therefore, feelings of shame, guilt, fear and doubt could arise when facing your addiction. You might worry about your insurance … Read more

Are Mental Health Issues Behind Substance Use Disorders?

Mental health issues and substance use disorders often overlap. When this occurs, it is known as a comorbid disorder. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) estimates that nearly 9.2 million people in the United States have a comorbid disorder. Further, only 7% of individuals seek treatment for both (SAMHSA). Let’s look at the relationship between … Read more

Advocating for Yourself In Addiction Recovery

  Perhaps the worst aspect of finding help for a substance use disorder is feeling powerless. Addiction is a disease that interferes with your overall wellbeing and can diminish your confidence and self-esteem, leaving you to feel incapable of managing your needs. Likewise, when you finally choose to seek help for your substance use disorder, … Read more

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