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How to Cope With Substance Use Triggers

A trigger is anything that produces flashbacks or strong memories of past traumas and stressful events. Usually, they are prompted by something you feel, see, smell, taste, or hear, but thoughts and emotions can also cause them. Every person has unique triggers though they share many common ones.  There is no way to avoid all …

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An Introverts Guide to Navigating Group Support Meetings

Introverts tend to feel drained when placed in loud or stressful social situations. Support group and self-help meetings involve a lot of emotional interactions and personal sharing. Not everyone feels comfortable interacting under those circumstances. Others may only be able to withstand it for a short period. However, you can do a few things to …

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How to End Your Professional Relationship With Your Therapist

Whether it’s due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as moving, or whether you decide it’s time to move on to another counselor, there may come a time when you need to break up with your therapist. Just as any other relationship, it may be heartbreaking, or it may be a relief, but here are some tips …

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My Therapist Isn’t Helping Me: Should I Switch to a New One?

Sometimes people do not “click.” Their way of thinking and communicating is simply not compatible in a meaningful way. You might be experiencing this in your therapy sessions. Maybe you have been feeling unheard or bossed around, and you want to find someone new. Before taking that step, there are a few important things to …

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Can Animals Help With Mental Health and Recovery?

Animals offer us many benefits, from companionship to someone to talk to when we have no one else. They’ve even achieved status as therapy animals for people suffering from mental disorders such as anxiety or depression. Maybe the most important thing animals offer is unconditional love. We could all use a healthy dose of unconditional …

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What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing uses a nonjudgmental approach to counseling that focuses on the patient and helps discover why you should want to change your behavior without confrontation. There are four essential elements to motivational interviewing: empathy, a non-confrontational approach, resistance adjustment, and optimism or self-efficacy. How can it help specifically with addiction? Let’s look at how …

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The Benefits of Behavioral Therapy to Treat Addiction

Have you ever sat on the couch watching “Intervention” on TV and asked yourself, “Can’t those people see how they’re hurting themselves?” And then you realize you’re stuffing your face with another pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Been there, done that. Even when our behavior is more severe, we may not even realize …

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The Specifics of EMDR and How It Helps Recovery

New treatments and therapies are being developed every day to help those struggling with mental health concerns and substance use. One of the more modern treatments is being implemented in programs across the United States due to its benefits for individuals struggling with trauma, substance use, and anxiety disorders. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) …

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