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…

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…

What is the Difference Between Group and Family Therapy?

Group and family therapy are both forms of therapy that take place with several people at the same time. The two share a few similarities. However, there are also notable differences between them.  Family therapy is, as the name suggests, therapy that involves a person’s family. It is used often in addiction treatment, as addiction…

Woman struggles with three affects of heroin abuse

3 Effects of Heroin Abuse

Heroin is among the most addictive drugs available. Most people abuse heroin for the euphoric effects it produces once it reaches the brain. Heroin abusers either smoke, snort, or inject the substance into their blood veins. Heroin abuse alters your brain’s chemistry, causing psychological dependence, health problems, relationship problems, and even suicidal thoughts. If you…