Cognitive Behavioral Interventions

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Thoughts, feelings and behaviors all interact to either help you feel healthy and happy, or depressed and miserable.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was created to help you basically alter one aspect of that triad.  When you are having...

What Your Symptoms May Mean

Everything you feel, sense, think and do is caused by communication between your nerves with the help of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. As humans, for better or worse, our “higher order” thinking is able to over-ride sensory input and tell us there is a...

The Pros and Cons of Diagnosis

You probably talk about your diagnoses (“I have the flu” or “I have depression”), but what do these terms actually mean? Diagnosis is a shorthand that describes a cluster of symptoms that helps providers more easily communicate, and gives them a starting point for...

Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders

Until now, you have been mainly thinking about your addiction.  However, most people with addictions also have mental health issues like depression and/or anxiety.  The term co-occurring disorders describes a situation in which someone has both a substance use problem...

The First Step–Honesty

Being honest with yourself about what you do, why you do it, how it is impacting you and what (if anything) you want to change is the first step in recovery.  Like ripping a bandage off of an infected wound, getting honest with yourself may hurt like hell.  However,...