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How Dual Diagnosis Therapy Can Help Your Trauma

About half of all people with substance problems are also affected by other significant mental health issues. Experts refer to these severe, simultaneous conditions as dual diagnoses. Substance and mental health problems can occur together for a number of reasons. One common reason is exposure to some kind of significant traumatic experience. If you have…

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Could Past Trauma Lead to Addiction?

Traumatic events can affect your life in a number of ways. Most people only experience short-term effects. However, lingering effects are also possible. If this happens, you may find yourself dealing with some serious, long-term problems. Potential issues include the onset of a mental health condition like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They also have significantly…

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How Music and Art Can Promote Long-Term Recovery

When you’re recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, it helps to have a wide range of resources available. The main treatments used in recovery programs include both medication and psychotherapy. Today, there is also an increasing use of additional options, known as complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM. Paired with primary treatments, these options offer…

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Connection Between Mental Health and Addiction

Your mental health is an essential component of your overall health. Whether you or someone you love has struggled with mental health or addiction, it’s important to recognize that these two issues could be tied together. For some people, substance abuse impacts their mental health. For others, their mental health causes substance abuse as a…

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How Effective Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of holistic therapy that uses art, music, dance, or other creative methods to help individuals through recovery. Art and music therapy are often used in substance abuse treatment, dual-diagnosis, and trauma treatment programs. According to an article by Lydia Aletraris available through the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the…