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What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a major risk factor for developing a substance use disorder. One study found that among people with bipolar disorder, 56 percent developed a substance use disorder at some point in their lives. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851027/] By comparison, just over eight percent of American adults have a drug or alcohol use disorder. [https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2790/ShortReport-2790.html] Bipolar disorder…

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5 Reasons People Don’t Seek Help for Addiction

It’s an unfortunate reality that most Americans who need treatment for a substance use disorder never get it. There are a number of reasons for this. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the vast majority simply don’t think they need treatment. [https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DR-FFR2-2016/NSDUH-DR-FFR2-2016.htm] Of the 17.7 million American adults who needed…

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5 Healthy Ways to Control Anxiety When You’re Recovering from Addiction

Anxiety is a common problem for people recovering from addiction. One large study of more than 43,000 people found that 17.7 percent of people with substance use disorders also have an anxiety disorder. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921723/] It also appears that in the vast majority of cases, the anxiety disorder comes first and the substance use disorder begins…

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What is DBT?

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is a form of therapy that was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder but has since been found to be effective in treating a number of conditions including substance use disorders, eating disorders, depression, and suicidal behavior. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2963469/] DBT is essentially a package that uses selected cognitive and behavioral…

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How to Experience More Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

Research has found that gratitude has many wide-ranging benefits. These include better mood, better physical health, better self-esteem, better sleep, and more resilience in the face of adversity. [https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier] Studies show that many of these positive outcomes are mediated by yet another benefit: better relationships. Strong relationships are the foundation of a strong recovery. Self-esteem,…