Category Archives: Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Resources

It’s a Health Issue – Can We Treat Addiction as a Disordered Behavior?
Drug rehab centers have often defined addiction as a disease and treated it as such. However, holistic drug rehab also recognizes addiction as a symptom in which the underlying causes have to be treated as well to assure long term sobriety. Often addiction exists in a patient in addition to another behavioral disorder. In such cases, both conditions have to be addressed together as continued drug abuse will impede treatment for disordered behavior, yet the abuse is going to be nearly untreatable as long as the separate behavioral problems remain. Behavioral Disorders True behavioral disorders fall into two classes, that of ...

Treating the Whole Person: The Role of Holistic Treatment in Dual Diagnosis Cases
Understanding and treating substance use disorder has resulted in a greater appreciation for implementing a holistic approach to dual diagnosis drug rehab. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, surveys have indicated that about half of those individuals who experience a substance use disorder also have a mental health disorder. The acknowledgment and treatment of both conditions is a requirement of successful drug rehabilitation programs. Focus on the Whole Person — Not Just Their Conditions As research has demonstrated that substance use disorder — much like mental health conditions themselves — are not the result of some sort of failing ...

Prescription Antidepressant Abuse, Addiction, Detox and Rehab
When deciding to quit antidepressants, many people struggle to get off the medication because of withdrawal symptoms, a concurrent drug or alcohol addiction, and worries about leading a happy normal life without medication. Under the umbrella of prescription drug rehab, Elevate Addiction Services offers help and healing for safely and effectively getting off antidepressants and starting a new life. Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome occurs when a patient quits using an antidepressant suddenly. Within a couple of days, the patient can experience a host of symptoms, including: Vivid dreams Flu-like symptoms, such as achy muscles and chills Headaches Fatigue Anxiety and irritability Return of depression symptoms, sometimes worsening Nausea Electric ...

First Year of Sobriety: Managing Your Mental Health and Dealing With Withdrawal Symptoms
Going from addiction to sobriety is best thought of not as an event, but as a journey. Initially, the focus of attention is on rehab: Is rehab really necessary? If so, what kind and for how long? Rehab is thought of as the place where people get sober and turn their lives around, and this is true. It’s also true that the recovery process continues for several months after leaving an addiction rehab center. This is why it’s so important to select a drug and alcohol treatment center that has an addiction recovery program that is designed to help clients learn how to ...

How Cognitive Dissonance Plays a Role in Addiction Behavior
Cognitive dissonance is the tension that is perceived by the conflict of a belief and an opposing desire with which the mind is faced. This inconsistency produces discomfort and anxiety. We are driven to reconcile those conflicting thoughts, beliefs and desires or behaviors to preserve harmony in our minds and make ourselves feel rationally better. Three Ways the Individual Can Resolve the Conflict: Change the behavior to match more closely to one’s beliefs. The individual just stops doing whatever is causing the dissonance. Change the beliefs to match the behavior. This is most commonly used by addicts. Keep the original beliefs, but add a ...