Does Alcohol Cause Anxiety and Depression?

Alcohol is often viewed as a social lubricant, or, a substance that eases social interactions and temporarily lifts spirits. However, many people find themselves asking the pressing question: Does alcohol cause anxiety and depression? As it turns out, the relationship between alcohol and mental health is much more complex than it appears on the surface. […]

What Is a Monitored Detoxification?

Detoxification from substances is a pivotal step towards recovery. It is also a mental and physical challenge. Detox can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Sometimes detoxification can also kickoff life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. This is why you need the help of medical professionals who can monitor this process to ensure your health and safety. Different Types […]

How Can You Help a Loved One Overcome Alcohol Dependence?

It is often challenging to support a loved one who is struggling with alcohol dependence. You may find it difficult to have a direct, heart-to-heart conversation about it without the conversation becoming confrontational. However, without intervention, your loved one with a drinking problem may struggle to accept it or refuse to acknowledge it. Over time, […]

Setting Clients With SUD Up For Success in Aftercare

Relapsing (also known as lapsing) happens to roughly 40-60% of clients who struggle with a substance use disorder (SUD). The most vulnerable time in your client’s recovery process is the first few months of the post-treatment phase. Moreover, clients with a fragile adaptive capacity, legal trouble, and unstable or non-existent support systems are especially at […]

What Is the Link Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse?

  Many individuals that experience addiction to alcohol or other drugs have experienced or will experience a co-occurring mental health diagnosis in their lifetime. Although there is a high prevalence of comorbidity between addiction and mental health disorders, this does not necessarily mean that one caused the other. Many factors contribute to the link between […]

How Do I Know When My Client Needs Residential Treatment?

  Recommending a client for residential treatment can be stressful. You want to know you’re making the right choice by talking to them about a higher level of care. In private practice, clinicians feel a considerable amount of responsibility for their clients. After all, there is only one of you making important decisions for them. […]