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The Importance of Emotional Recovery When Overcoming Addiction

Emotional recovery plays a pivotal part in the complete healing process from addiction. It helps unpack painful emotional trauma that may have led to substance abuse and provides continuous support to make sure it doesn't hold any power over them anymore as they transition into a new life of sobriety. Without it, relapse will always be a possibility. The emotional...

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Is Addiction a Mental Illness?

Addiction and mental illness share many intersecting aspects that almost blur the lines between the two conditions. For many struggling to overcome their addiction, they see substance use disorder as a mental illness that needs to be treated. Is this line of thinking correct? Continue reading to find out. Addiction by Definition The definition of addiction is “the fact or...

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The Difference Between Dual Diagnosis & Co-occurring Disorders

Mental health and addiction are closely linked with overlapping contributing factors. Studies suggest that people with mental illness are twice as likely to have a substance use disorder than the general population.  In this article, we’ll talk about dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders, which are terms commonly used to describe these conditions and their role in a person’s addiction recovery....

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Dangers of Misdiagnosing Mental Illness While Abusing Drugs

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada, with 1 in 2 Canadians having (or have had) some form of mental illness by the time they reach their 40s. Unfortunately, mental illness misdiagnoses are also disturbingly common, hindering people struggling with clinical depression, bipolar disorder, and other types of psychiatric problems from achieving healing and wellness.  In this...

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