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Understanding the struggle with substance use disorders

Shame and addiction often play a role with substance use disorders. Understanding substance use disorders lead to several questions. One of the questions that people struggle with when they are trying to understand addiction is why people “keep using when they know it’s so bad for you.” This is a fair question, especially if you…

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“Normal” Emotions vs. Mental Illness

Overview Most people struggle with anxiety, depression, panic, and/or trauma at some point in their life. Many people experience occasionally intense “highs” (ex. Anxiety), and, occasionally, intense “lows” (i.e., depression).  It’s often difficult for people to know when their mental struggles are significant enough to seek out help. We hope to help clear some confusion…

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Returning to Normal

Returning to Normal Overview At the time of writing of this article it is September 18th, 2020. It has been quite a journey making it through the COVID-19 pandemic since March, 2020. Intense fear/anxiety, massive job loss, increases in substance use disorder problems, and suicide have occurred for the past six months. As the lockdowns…

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Respect

Why Respect Matters Overview We live in an increasingly confusing and complicated world. As we all learn more about the intricacies of social issues, mental health, and addiction, we begin to see that people (and their treatment) is more complex than just: person X has an Alcohol Use Disorder, Moderate. Over the last 20 years…

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Top 5 Myths About Addiction

Overview It’s often the case that people struggling with substance use disorders (SUDs), especially the most severe cases, which we typically call “addictions,”have learned some myths about what “addiction” is and how it “should” be treated. In this article, we’re going to explore briefly our Top 5 Myths about substance use disorders and their treatment….

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9 Common Signs of Mental Illness

The topic of mental illness has become widespread in our current culture. The stigma of being thought of as crazy or abnormal for struggling with issues pertaining to mental wellness has diminished, and society is much more open when it comes to discussing what prevents us from achieving a life that is successful, peaceful, and…

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The Benefits of Alcohol Addiction Treatment

History is full of stories about people who imbibe too much. These figures are sometimes depicted as partying all the time – such as with the Greek deity Bacchus – and are sometimes depicted as destitute and homeless. The reality is that many people who struggle with alcohol addiction fall somewhere in between these two…

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Join Family Night – An Online Discussion Every Tuesday

As a part of ongoing efforts to support our community amid the outbreak of COVID-19, PCI is offering an open and interactive virtual discussion with Dr. Miriam Hamideh and Dr. Joshua Diamond to patients, friends, and family to provide helpful information and respond to any concerns. We will be discussing what measures PCI is taking…

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How to Help Someone with Drug Addiction and Depression

A struggle with addiction and mental health disorder affects more than just the individual who is diagnosed. Friends and family members may feel continually stressed, guilty, or helpless while watching a loved one grow more distant and distressed. There may also be feelings of anger or frustration that this person will not change the negative…

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Common Relationship Problems (and How Therapy Helps)

Are you experiencing relationship problems? While every relationship may be unique, there are a few common relationship problems most people experience from time to time. In most cases, a couple can work through issues in a way that improves both your communication and bond. Some problems, however, may be more difficult to work through without…

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Types of Depression Disorders and Treatment

Humans have struggled with depression throughout history. Long before depression became a clinical diagnosis, well-known individuals were observed as suffering from the sorrow, melancholy, and hopelessness that characterizes this condition. As our society progresses, data indicates that the occurrence of depression is progressing, too. More people are struggling with it and at younger ages. Types…

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What are the Different Types of Addiction

What are the Different Types of Addiction?

What are the different types of addiction? An addiction is currently recognized as any activity that a person thinks about and engages to the point that it negatively affects other areas of life. In historical times, the term first referred to being a slave. It then evolved to describe the experience of being strongly attached…

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The Benefits of Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

As the world has shifted into the structure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, people are learning how to approach problems in a new way. Social distancing and virus containment measures mean that work, school, recreation, and healthcare require adapting to a world that is much different than it was, before. Learning to approach problems…

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How to Prevent Relapse and Stay Sober

Studies have consistently shown that around 50% of people who set out on the journey to sobriety will experience at least one incident of relapse. The occurrence is so common, that some substance abuse professionals are even considering that the concept of relapse should be included in addiction treatment. One of the tenets in Narcotics…

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Telehealth Counseling: How to Get Help During Quarantine

Restrictions on social interactions as prompted by the pandemic of COVID-19 on American soil are being slowly lifted. As many governmental leaders are repeatedly emphasizing, this easing of social distancing guidelines doesn’t mean that life is returning to the way it was, before. People are still being encouraged to keep a good distance between themselves,…

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How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Quarantine

Reports of mental health disorder had been concerning before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with as many as 1 in 5 people in the United States reporting symptoms. As of April of this year, it is estimated that nearly half of Americans report that their mental health has suffered, and that number is expected to increase…

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Loneliness: Why Some Are Struggling More During the COVID-19 Quarantine

Many argue that we have had a long-standing loneliness epidemic in this country. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and mandated social distancing/quarantine many people are now forcibly isolated and feeling alone. You’ll see news articles indicating this much. But what is a more scientifically integrated take on loneliness and quarantine? Recently, medical professionals…

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The Benefits of Online Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety is characterized by a sense of fear, worry, or dread about the future. Under normal conditions, severe anxiety affects at least 40 million people in the United States each year. With the disruption to routine and uncertainty about the future that the current COVID-19 pandemic brings, that number is likely much higher. Of those…

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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Timeline

Overcoming alcohol addiction may result in withdrawal symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about the alcohol withdrawal symptoms timeline. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the alcohol withdrawal symptoms timeline so you know what to expect. Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Timeline Addiction to alcohol can have detrimental effects on an individual’s life….

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