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Natural Remedies for the Winter Blues - woman looking out at the snow
12
Feb

Natural Remedies for the Winter Blues

Alone, navigating through the emotional undulations of everyday life can feel overwhelming after quitting the use of drugs and alcohol. Adding to that, the distress of winter blues can feel debilitating and, in its worst-case scenario, can lead to unnecessary relapse. The winter blues, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of...
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What is Dual Diagnosis - mental health word cloud - valley fresno
04
Feb

What is Dual Diagnosis?

If you or someone you love have sought treatment for addiction, it’s possible that you have heard the term “dual diagnosis” used. What is dual diagnosis? First used in the 1980s, the term was created to describe people suffering from both severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. In more recent times, the condition is...
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motivational interviewing - brain mechanism - valley fresno
29
Jul

What is Motivational Interviewing?

William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick wrote Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change, published in 1991. It was based on experience in the treatment of problem drinkers, and was first described by Miller in 1983 in an article published in Behavioral Psychotherapy. Miller and Rollnick describe it as such: “Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered...
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contingency management treatment - young man in therapy - valley fresno
18
Jul

What is Contingency Management Treatment?

Contingency Management (CM) treatment, also often referred to as motivational therapies, is a type of behavioral therapy offered at many treatment facilities. CM provides a patient with rewards when they achieve certain desired behaviors and disciplinary measures or withholding of privileges when the patient engages in undesirable behaviors. Most CM treatment programs last three months...
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what is dialectical behavior therapy - body mind spirit soul - valley fresno
24
Feb

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior therapy was developed in the late 1980’s by psychologist Marsha Linehan to treat borderline personality disorders. The term “dialectic” is a philosophical term which signifies the art of investigating the truth of opinions, and the inquiry into contradictions and their solutions. The theory behind Dialectical Behavior Therapy is to help people that are...
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what is partial hospitalization - woman at reception counter - valley fresno
22
Feb

What is Partial Hospitalization?

The decision to get help for a substance abuse problem saves lives. Oftentimes this decision can also be put off for too long due to responsibilities one has at home. Once someone has made the commitment for recovery, they will need to choose an avenue of treatment that will work for them. Most people think...
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what is cognitive behavioral therapy - cognitive behavioral therapy - valley fresno
19
Feb

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy was initiated by psychologists Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis in the 1960’s. it is based on the belief that behaviors and disturbed emotions are the result of inappropriate and/or irrational thinking patterns. It is modeled as such: CBT is based on the the concept of how we think, how we feel, and...
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dealing with depression - woman peeling back clouds - valley fresno
12
Feb

Dealing with Depression in Recovery: A Personal Account

I call them the dark clouds. Sometimes they come unannounced and stick around for a while threatening to storm, but just make the world cold and gray instead. When the dark clouds of depression overtake your mind and mood, it is difficult to snap out of it because the world looks bleak and dreary. The...
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how to talk to someone about your depression - sad woman at window - valley fresno
10
Feb

How to Talk to Someone about your Depression

Depression can make you feel very lonely. It is a serious illness that effects the ability to function in everyday life. People with depression often isolate because they find no pleasure in activities that used to be pleasurable and do not feel they are good company for others because they are feeling so blue. The...
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