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How Mental Health Affects Addiction

There are a variety of ways that mental health affects addiction. Mental health and addiction issues often occur together in the same person. Many treatment programs, such as Rockland Recovery, treat the whole person, not just the addiction. People with addiction issues and their family members must understand how mental health affects addiction and the…

man participating in acceptance and commitment therapy

What Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, is a type of psychotherapy that encourages clients to accept and move through difficulties instead of trying to control their outcome. It’s based on the realization that everybody has limitations. Everyone will go through bad times in life, and it’s okay to accept what you can’t change and move…

Woman With Low Self-Esteem and Substance Use

Low Self-Esteem and Substance Use Disorders

Do you struggle with self-esteem? Not everyone is born with confidence in themselves. The environment and circumstances of your life may have contributed to low self-esteem where you may not think highly of yourself or have enough respect for who you are and what you’re capable of achieving. Yet, when a person displays signs of…

Healing Relationships

Addicts and alcoholics cannot maintain healthy relationships. They are “disconnected.” This does not mean they do not love their families and friends. Addicts care about their relationships every bit as much as non-addicts do. But like everything else in the addict’s life, relationships are mediated through the prism of drugs and alcohol. Because addiction is…

Man Experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder And Substance Abuse in Men

Do you have the winter blues? Do you find yourself facing mood switches that go from feeling good and motivated to lacking energy or interest in life? You may need support. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition that can bring these types of ups and downs and typically occurs during the winter months. Failure…

Woman Receiving Treatment for Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

How Bipolar Disorder Impacts Substance Use

Manic depression is one of the two components of bipolar disorder. This mental health condition involves a cycle of very highs, called mania, and very lows, called manic depression. When bipolar occurs, a person feels unable to control emotions, behaviors, and even quality of life that can lead to drug and alcohol abuse. There is…