Sadness is an inevitable part of the human experience. At some point, we all experience heartbreak over a lost love, the grief of a family member’s passing or the occasional out-of-nowhere blues. But if you’re overwhelmingly sad or hopeless most of the time, experience significant...

Increasingly widespread, dual diagnoses (also known as co-occurring disorders) affect over 7.9 million people in the US today. They’re complex and carry far-reaching consequences, and if you struggle with one, you know that finding the right treatment for it is both absolutely critical and hard...

Traditional addiction treatment remains focused on symptom management and supports a life sentence of always being “in recovery.”  Typical addiction rehabilitation programs tend to focus on “problem solving,” and always staying one step ahead of the addiction.  Popular 12 step slogans warn, “You are only...

Dual diagnosis is defined as a concurrent mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc., combined with a substance use disorder or addiction.  Dual diagnosis is also referred to as co-occurring disorders, which means a person has two or more issues happening at the...

Underlying all addictions are unmet needs or needs being met in non-nourishing, unhealthy or unsustainable ways. Cutting-edge addiction treatment recognizes that addictions are, in part, coping strategies to manage the pain and suffering caused by underlying issues related to traumatic experiences.Trauma is a very upsetting...

There is a growing and welcome trend in addiction treatment where the focus is on the underlying and root cause of the addiction rather than on the symptom of the addiction itself. Traditional 12 step treatment programs believe that addiction is a life- long incurable...