Category: depression

Balance in Life and Recovery

Allowing the Loss

When one transitions from active addiction into recovery there is an amount of loss and gain that is happening. As we allow the loss to take place, we honor all that is lost, make meaning out of the situation, and try …

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Internal & External Triggers

Triggers can be feelings, experiences, people, places, and things that you associate with your drinking or drug use. There are different types of triggers: internal, external, and sensory triggers. All three usually work together to create a craving. INTERNAL TRIGGERS …

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Researchers Support Mindfulness When Addressing Co-Occurring Depression and Substance Use Disorders

Meditation and Mindfulness are practices that call to attention our current thoughts, feelings and opinions. Theravada Buddhism which helped establish the practice of Mindfulness was established over 3000 years ago. Modern science is increasingly assessing the benefits of Mindfulness. Those …

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Coping with Panic Attacks, Mindfully

Panics attack may come suddenly and feel terrifying. They often leave us feeling very alone, isolated and very afraid. Panic attacks may be caused by perceived fear, worry or trauma. For those in recovery from addiction it is essential to …

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Acceptance

When one enters into recovery we go through a process of grief, not much different than grieving the loss of a loved one. Losing our best friend,  the only coping skill we know, our way of escaping or handling stress, …

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Alcohol and Depression

Alcohol is a depressant, it slows down the function of the Central Nervous System (CNS). When abused, alcohol can: Cause short-term memory loss Cause confusion Effect coordination Effect vision Cause slurred speech Cause a lack of sleep Slow or stop …

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Frustration Tolerance

Frustration tolerance is generally defined as one’s ability to manage discomfort.  If a person has low frustration tolerance, they may be more at risk for developing and maintaining addictive behaviors.  This is because substances and other addictive behaviors can be …

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Anti-depressant Medications in Residential Centers

Anti-depressant Medications in Residential Centers

Psychiatrists and internists who serve in residential centers routinely recommend the use of anti-depressant medications. And, not uncommonly, residents will buck at the idea of using an anti-depressant, like Prozac, Wellbutrin, Lexapro and others. It’s understandable that many hesitate to …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps with Depression and Anxiety

 Depression and anxiety are the chief areas that one addresses when entering a high quality residential treatment facility.  At AToN Center, we specialize in using multiple evidence-based approaches to help our residents. Depression and anxiety are chief among the host …

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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day 2014

According to the 2006 OAS (Office of Applied Status) report, in 2004 there was an estimated 106,079 emergency department (ED) visits due to drug-related suicide attempts by persons aged 18 or older. Of these, a psychiatric condition was diagnosed in …

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