how can cognitive-behavioral therapy treat addiction

How Can Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Treat Addiction?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT is a form of psychological treatment pioneered at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. Over the last few decades, CBT for addiction has been understood to be effective in helping people suffering from a substance use disorder start on the road to recovery. If you or someone you care about is…

What are Partial Hospitalization Programs?

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are a level of care in addiction treatment. These programs offer more intensive treatment than regular outpatient programs, but unlike with residential treatment, you don’t live at the facility while receiving care. PHPs are typically several hours, three to five days a week. They are great for those who may need…

importance of mental illness awareness week

The Importance of Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental health is an essential component of proper overall health. It affects our well-being, longevity, and quality of life as much as any other aspect of our health. Millions of Americans live with mental health disorders, and we all know, love, or work alongside someone coping with mental health challenges. Annually since 1990, during the…

Jada Pinkett Smith’s Show Red Table Talk Helps Break Stigma About Addiction and Mental Health

Jada Pinkett Smith’s show Red Table Talk—which she hosts along with her mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris and daughter Willow Smith—continually works to destigmatize mental health and addiction. Pinkett Smith and Banfield-Norris are both in recovery themselves and have been candid about their struggles. Red Table Talk looks at complicated topics in a nuanced way that we…

Can Depression and Anxiety Co-Occur?

Depression and anxiety are separate mental health disorders, but they commonly co-occur. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated 60% of those with anxiety also have depression, and that number is similar for those experiencing depression.[1] Depression and anxiety both also have a high co-occurrence with addiction.   Anxiety and depression may…

National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month

October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. This campaign brings awareness to the need for affordable and accessible screenings for depression and other mental health disorders. All mental health disorders are treatable, but people need to have an accurate diagnosis in order to take steps towards recovery. Depression is common, both in America…

Is There More Stigma About Mental Health Disorders or Addiction?

While things are getting better, there is still stigma about both mental health disorders and addiction. A study in the journal Psychiatric Services assessed whether people had more negative views towards one or the other.[1] Half of participants were given a survey about their beliefs on drug addiction and half about their beliefs on mental…