man struggling with bipolar disorder and addiction

Is There a Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Abuse?

There is clear evidence of a connection between bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse disorder, although researchers are unsure why. Unfortunately, it is common for those struggling with a mental health disorder to abuse drugs or alcohol. That is why it is important for you to look for help at a dual diagnosis treatment center like…

woman learning about national women's health week

Beginning Addiction Treatment During National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week is a time for women to consider their physical and mental health. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH), this week serves as a reminder to women of all ages to think about their bodies and minds and make changes if necessary. For…

Trauma-Focused vs Trauma-Informed

What is the Difference Between Trauma-Focused and Trauma-Informed Care?

You may have heard the terms “trauma-focused” and “trauma-informed” care; though they sound similar, they are two different approaches to mental health and substance use treatment and therapy. Trauma-focused care works to understand the impact of specific traumas on a person’s life.  It helps them process the traumas and identify ways that they have learned…

Trivializing OCD

Don’t Use OCD or Other Mental Health Disorder Terms Lightly

It’s become part of our lexicon for people to use the names of mental health disorders when describing typical habits or behaviors. For instance, neat people might say “I’m so OCD,” or people in a confusing circumstance might say it’s “schizo” or “bipolar.” This seems particularly common for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), where anyone who…

a man struggles with the benzo shortage and benzo abuse

The Dangers of the Growing Benzo Shortage

The benzo shortage is nothing new. Popular benzodiazepines have seen an increase in demand but a shortage in supply for the last three years. So, why is there concern over the current shortage? The answer: COVID-19. The pandemic’s spike in anxiety and panic disorders has also increased the demand for benzos from pharmaceutical companies who…