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The importance of peer support for a sustained recovery

Provision of care for people with substance abuse disorders and mental illnesses has gradually moved from intervention dynamics towards a long-term recovery paradigm. A peer-based recovery model is being designed to widen the existing care model of behavioral health treatment towards the prioritization of a sustained recovery.

Discovering the meaning of life

Meaningful implications for recovery from substance abuse disorders and mental health A recent study conducted by Florida Atlantic University revealed that lack of meaning in life is strongly associated with substance use disorders and other mental health problems. However, there exists no profound measure to nurture spirituality in such...

Social anxiety reduces participation in treatment among youth

Addiction issues among youth today are often found closely associated with their need to fit in. A study looked deeper into the influence of social anxiety disorder (SAD) on addiction and its treatment, as a persistent fear of social humiliation caused many to avoid participation in treatment.

Setting boundaries in recovery

Setting boundaries is a key element that contributes to a happy, sober way of life, which is why it’s vital to learn this important skill during recovery. However, this may be trickier than anticipated as physical and emotional challenges during such time may prove to be overwhelming.

How meditation helps those overcome PTSD

Meditation is a technique that goes back thousands of years. Due to the limited success of conventional treatments of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), breathing-based meditation treatment has presented itself as a significant alternative approach.

Urge-surfing out of addiction

One of the greatest triggers for relapse is what is commonly known as the “negative effect”, feelings of failure or bad moods that impair well-being. Urge surfing encourages people to be mindful and present with their discomfort, without being threatened or overwhelmed by it.

Family involvement during treatment

Distinguishing between family therapy and family-involved therapy The emotional and psychological pain inflicted by addiction doesn’t just affect the addicts, but their families as well, contributing to a variety of complexities. Family involvement, however, plays a vital role in the treatment of addiction.

Where are 9/11 survivors now part 4: The impact of 9/11 on mental health care

Terrorism is an assault on mental health and well-being of the public. Its goals are to create panic, fear and anxiety. The attacks on the WTC affected the mental health of millions creating psychological distress, exacerbating mental disorders among some smaller populations and threatened social cohesion, one of the...

Where are 9/11 now part 3: How flight travel affected mental health post 9/11

In the weeks and months that followed the terror acts of September 11, 2001, millions of Americans decreased their domestic air travel. Americans’ preference of car travel, measured in terms of miles traveled via automobile, increased by 5.3 percent on the interstate highways (Driving deaths and injuries post-9/11, October...

Where are 9/11 survivors now part 2: PTSD among 9/11 rescuers

Large epidemiological studies conducted by the Health Department’s WTC Health Registry revealed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms to be the most common health effect among survivors of 9/11. PTSD has affected as many as 20 percent of the people who were directly exposed to the WTC disaster, this is...

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