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You battled depression before. You felt fatigued and had no energy to do anything, your thoughts became increasingly negative, and you struggled just to get out of bed in the morning. It was awful. Luckily, you were able to find a doctor to help you. With the help of both medical treatment and therapy, you…

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After spending all of that effort in treatment, the last thing you want now is to relapse. But that is so much easier said than done. If you have used substances for any length of time, it can be very difficult to maintain sobriety. There are going to be times of stress, old friends who…

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Treatment for mental health and substance use issues can be challenging, but you finished that, and you are growing stronger every day. Maybe you are even ready to tackle some new challenges, or to pick up some of the pieces where you left off before your treatment. One of the areas that can help you…

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Now that you have found your mental health through your hard work in treatment and beyond, you are going to want to guard your mental health like a dragon would guard its treasure. Because your mental health is so crucial to every aspect of your life, including your physical health, your relationships with others, your…

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Life is fragile. Even more so when you have a mental health issue or substance use or both. This is true especially due to the fact that your brain is the control center for your body, so if it is not functioning correctly, you have no internal way of knowing if you need help or…

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Life can be lonely when you are trying to make it on your own. Life is even more lonely when you are trying to manage mental health issues on your own. Having found treatment for your mental health and/or substance use issues, you know how important it is to have a strong support network. At…

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Art, music, dance, literature – they are all very powerful. When we experience someone else’s art, we can be inspired, transported, and moved. They are expressions of the human condition, expressions of joy, pain, anger, love. Why not, then, use art as therapy? We do not have to be a famous artist, musician, dancer, or…

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When your life is spiraling out of control and any interventions you have tried are not working, the natural response you or your family might make would be to hospitalize you or put you into residential care. There may be times that this is the best option for you, and maybe even necessary to save…

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Before you attended treatment, lonely was your middle name. You felt alone all the time and without friends. But now you know how important having friends can be. And you have gained skills that will help you make friends, create a whole network of friends. From now on, you do not need to be lonely.…

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Imagine walking on a tightrope between two skyscrapers, and the tightrope is as thin as a hair. There is no net, only the streets, dozens of stories below. Now imagine that your tiny rope is slippery, and it is all you can do to keep your balance at all. This analogy is what it can…

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