holiday season a time for forgiveness

How to Find Peace and Forgiveness with your Family this Holiday Season

Understanding Forgiveness The holidays can be a difficult time for many. People may notice grief and resentment or grapple with life transitions. Some may feel the weight of grudges and contemplate forgiveness. Holding on to heavy negative feelings and cognitions for an extended period of time can influence physical and mental health. Forgiveness can reduce…

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Types of therapy for mental health

Types of Therapy and How They Help: A Comprehensive Guide for Those Seeking Recovery

Whether you are seeking help with managing stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma, or need support with a phobia or personality disorder, there are many different types of therapy that can benefit you, or your loved one. Some therapies focus on talking through your emotions, while others rely on actions and activities. Many of these therapies…

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Types of Depression & Their Causes

The 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that about 21 million adults (8.3% of U.S. adults) in the U.S. have experienced at least one major depressive episode (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). It can be easy to dismiss some of the symptoms of depression as just feeling off, but it…

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Understanding Impacts of Social Media on Mental Health

Pew Research Center states about 72% of the American public use social media¹ It is natural to feel compelled to stay informed about what’s happening in the world around us, even if it can be distressing. We can be engaged with the media while still regulating our stress response. In this article, we dissect the…

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alcohol disorder

How to Spot & Treat Alcohol Use Disorder

How to Spot & Treat Alcohol Use Disorder? Alcohol use is a common cause of addiction in the United States. According to the latest data from 2021, 29.5 million people ages 12 and older met diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder and from that statistic, 22.2 million had alcohol use disorder only¹. How do you…

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Understanding PTSD’s causes, treatment, and symptoms

Understanding PTSD: It’s Unexpected Symptoms and How to Treat Them

According to the American Psychiatric Association, 1 in 11 people will receive a PTSD diagnosis in their lifetime. Though some causes and symptoms may be expected, PTSD can develop and manifest itself in many more ways than expected. Read this blog to better understand the latest research on PTSD, its causes, and how to treat…

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How to help a loved one with an addiction: A Guide for Compassionate Dialogue

Watching a loved one struggle with an addiction and their mental health can be incredibly difficult. You want the best for them, but convincing them to seek help can be a delicate and complex process. PCI’s clinical director, Miriam Hamideh, Ph.D. shares effective strategies to convince a loved one to get the help they need,…

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is marijuana bad for you

Is Marijuana Bad for You? Common Questions and Misconceptions

Approximately 19%, or 53 million Americans use marijuana regularly, with an estimated 30% of those users able to meet criteria for cannabis use disorder (CDC 2021). Marijuana (cannabis, weed, etc.) is a drug derived from the cannabis sativa plant, getting its psychoactive properties from the chemical THC. The latest research shows that heavy marijuana use…

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Obsession vs Addiction

Obsession vs. Addiction: Key Differences and How to Tell Them Apart

In everyday life and language, the lines between obsession and addiction can often appear blurred. These terms are frequently used interchangeably, but in reality, they represent distinct psychological phenomena. This blog aims to provide a unique and insightful perspective on the difference between obsession and addiction, shedding light on the importance of insight, self-awareness, and…

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Overcome automatic negative thoughts

8 Ways to Overcome Automatic Negative Thoughts and Improve Your Self-Esteem

Our minds are complex and fascinating entities, capable of producing a wide range of thoughts and emotions. However, not all thoughts that cross our minds are beneficial or accurate. Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) are those pesky, spontaneous, and often irrational ideas that can creep into our consciousness and lead us down a path of self-doubt,…

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The Dark Side of the Spotlight: How Fame Affects Mental Health

The Dark Side of the Spotlight: How Fame Affects Mental Health Fame is sought by many and comes with seemingly endless privileges. However, beneath the glitz and glamor, there lies a darker truth – the toll that fame can take on mental health. The world was shaken by the news of the passing of musician,…

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Here’s 10 facts about alcohol addiction | PCI Centers

Alcohol addiction is a widespread problem with significant physical, psychological, and social consequences. Understanding the key facts about alcohol addiction and its treatment is crucial for individuals, families, and healthcare professionals. In this blog, we will delve into ten important facts, providing both bullet point and numbered lists for easy comprehension. All information presented here…

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Navigating the Risks: Understanding Psilocybin Use and potential risk of Microdosing

Psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in certain species of mushrooms, has gained considerable attention for its potential therapeutic benefits. However, it is important to recognize that psilocybin use, including microdosing, carries inherent risks. In this comprehensive blog post, we will explore the potential risks associated with psilocybin use and microdosing. By understanding these risks, individuals…

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a comprehensive guide for families supporting loved ones

A Comprehensive Guide for Families Supporting Loved Ones Through Mental Health and Substance Use in Intensive Outpatient Treatment:

When a family member is grappling with mental health and substance use issues, it can be an overwhelming and challenging experience for everyone involved. However, with the right knowledge and support, families can play a crucial role in their loved one’s recovery journey. In this blog, we will explore effective strategies and practical tips to…

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anxiety and stress techniques

6 Effective Anxiety and Stress Management Techniques: Your Guide to Inner Peace

In today’s fast-paced world, anxiety and stress have become increasingly common. From demanding work schedules to personal responsibilities, it’s crucial to prioritize mental well-being and adopt effective techniques to manage anxiety and stress. In this blog, we will explore a range of evidence-based strategies that can help you find inner peace and reduce the impact…

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professional sports unions unite to prioritize mental health of athletes

Breaking Down Barriers: Professional Sports Unions Unite to Prioritize Mental Health of Athletes

In a groundbreaking display of solidarity, major professional sports unions recently came together to prioritize the mental health of their athletes. Despite the long-held belief that athletes are strong both physically and mentally, this historic event brings attention to the truth that even the most seemingly invincible individuals can face mental health challenges. Professional Organizations…

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Serotonin and Psychedelics: How Hallucinogens Affect the Brain’s Mood-Regulating | PCI Centers

Serotonin and Psychedelics: How Hallucinogens Affect the Brain’s Mood-Regulating Chemical Psychedelic drugs have a rich and diverse history of use, spanning across many different cultures and time periods. From the ancient Mayans’ ritualistic use of psilocybin mushrooms to the more recent counterculture movement of the 1960s, these mind-altering substances have been woven into the fabric…

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