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CBT Techniques that Help with Addiction

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a key component of many addiction treatment plans. CBT techniques are used to help identify self-defeating thoughts and change them. Many individuals with substance abuse disorders suffer from negative thoughts and destructive emotions. CBT is used to change harmful thought patterns so that the client can maintain their sobriety. At Beaches…

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Beat Addiction With Psychotherapy

There are many different treatment options available for addiction recovery. While detox is the first step, counseling and psychotherapy are important components in any treatment plan. With the right treatment, patients can go on to live healthy, happy lives. Why Psychotherapy Can Help the Recovery Process When someone develops an addiction, they have more than…

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Can You Get Mental Disorders from Drug Use?

When it comes to substance abuse, it not uncommon for addiction to coincide with mental disorders. In fact, mental disorders and addiction have much in common with the “chicken or the egg dilemma.” In other words, what’s the order of connection? Does drug or alcohol abuse come from the mental health issue or does the…

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The Link Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse is Strong

Treating substance abuse is a difficult task because mental health issues typically accompany it. Mental health and substance abuse affect each other in several ways. In the field of addiction, experts call this dual diagnosis. At Beaches Recovery, we understand the unique connection between mental health and substance abuse. Often, individuals begin abusing drugs or…

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Alcoholism and Depression Go Hand-in-Hand

If you’ve ever wondered why some people in recovery refer to their alcohol abuse as a self-medicating practice, consider the link between alcoholism and depression. It is a bit of a push-me-pull-me relationship. In some cases, it is unclear whether the depression came before or after the alcohol use disorder. That said, a dual diagnosis…

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How to Handle Depression and Addiction

For many, mood and mental health disorders are gateways to addiction. Nowhere is this truer than with depression. In fact, for millions of Americans, depression and alcohol go hand-in-hand. If you are struggling with both depression and addiction, this article is for you. We’ll go over how these two mental health disorders exacerbate each other…

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How to Control Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety, you know how debilitating it becomes. It is enough to completely shut you down and prevent you from fully enjoying life. Anxiety also has the ability to come out of nowhere. Suffering from anxiety itself can actually bring about more anxiety, creating a never-ending cycle. However, it doesn’t need to…

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The Effects of Cocaine and Depression

Researchers and those in the mental health field often study the connections between drug use and mental health disorders. The question that is usually asked is whether drug use causes mental health problems or if it’s the other way around, and mental illness leads to drug use. The link between cocaine and depression is one…

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How to Cope With Grief in Recovery

Grief never comes at a convenient time. Most associate grief with the loss of a friend or a loved one, but it can also come after a job layoff, a child going off to college, your closest friend moving across the country, or from losing an addiction. While certainly less common, grief during recovery does…