Category: For Professionals

Depression and Addiction

Depression is a form of mental illness that affects how you think, act, feel, and engage with your life. When depression exists alongside a substance use disorder, this is called a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. These conditions are difficult to diagnose and treat, because the symptoms of each tend to overlap with one…

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What Are the Dangers of Taking Lorazepam and Xanax?

Lorazepam and Xanax are similar drugs. They’re both benzodiazepines. These are drugs that treat conditions including:  Anxiety Alcohol withdrawal Chronic pain Insomnia Panic disorders  Seizures Benzodiazepines work by affecting the way your brain cells respond to stress. There’s a chemical in your brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. This chemical slows down the brain’s response…

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How to Get Ecstasy Out of Your System

Are you trying to get ecstasy out of your system? Long-term ecstasy use can cause problems. But getting the drug out of your system can be hard on your own.  Ecstasy is also called MDMA or molly. It’s a popular party drug because it causes a strong feeling of euphoria. It doesn’t have any medical…

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

The way that marijuana is perceived is changing fast in the United States. In the past decade, several states have legalized the drug, and it seems that momentum is building towards federal legalization. But as marijuana becomes more popular and less frowned upon, new research is showing that the drug may not be as harmless…

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Video – Entering the Workforce as a Young Adult in Recovery

Last updated on December 17th, 2018 at 02:00 pm  This is the second in a series of talks regarding employment for those in recovery. This time, the topic turns to younger adults who have wasted early adulthood in addiction, and have not had the same experience in the workforce. In a sense, many of these…

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Video – The Changing Age of Addiction & Developmental Considerations

  If you’ve worked in addiction treatment for any length of time, you’ll recognize that our average client has changed recently. Older alcoholics who’ve often lived through significant life experiences both prior to and during addiction are being replaced by younger opioid addicts with drastically different backgrounds. The implications of this change are important to…

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Video – An algorithmic guide for ongoing self-assessment

  Treating trauma and addiction as co occurring disorders is challenging. This self-assessment ‘algorithm’ can help clients recognize behaviors as reactive (if they are still controlled by their addiction/trauma) or responsive (if they are thinking behavior through as part of long-term recovery). Toby Lineaweaver (MA, LMHC) presents the topic.   For a PDF of the…

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