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Bipolar disorder and addiction – How are they related?

Although bipolar disorder and addiction are not officially symptomatic of each other, they often occur concurrently.

These two conditions are commonly related to one another; therefore, many medical professionals will routinely check for substance abuse and addiction in people who have been diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder.

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Addiction recovery - How addiction affects our mental health

During addiction recovery, the effects of substance abuse on mental health are easily observed.

The impact addiction has on mental health is undeniable and often, permanent. This is especially true when someone has abused substances for an extended period of time.

Some of the long-term mental health issues that may arise from addiction are anxiety, depression, sleeping disorders, mood disorders and even psychosis.

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Dealing with Psychological Trauma as Part of Addiction Recovery

Psychological trauma is a factor that must be strongly considered in any person who is undergoing addiction recovery.

Trauma is often found to be the root cause of someone’s addictions and therefore, the trauma itself should be addressed along with the actual addiction.

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What is mental health and how does it affect addiction?

What is mental health? 

Mental health refers to a person’s emotional, social and psychological well-being. It has an effect on how we feel, act and think.

Furthermore, our mental state will determine how we make choices, handle stress and relate to others.

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Anxiety Disorders and Addiction - The relationship between them

With our current modern and fast-paced lifestyles, more and more people are suffering from various kinds of anxiety disorders.

In addition, with advances in medicine and psychology, doctors have been able to sub-divide anxiety disorders into more specific categories.

These are based on particular symptoms as well as the patients’ history and circumstance. Understanding the particular disorder will assist in more personalised treatment.

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction Recovery

Personality disorders affect a large percentage of the population and is sadly largely misunderstood by the general public.

There are generally 10 types of personality disorders which can be grouped into 3 different categories.

However, in this article we will be talking about borderline personality disorder (BPD). More specifically we are going to look at BPD, addiction and how they are often coupled as a dual diagnosis.

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Hitting Rock Bottom - It's not the end, there is still hope

Hitting rock bottom is often associated with the idea that there is no hope left to turn things around for the better.

However, sometimes it’s necessary to reach this point in order to make the most important choice in your life – the one that leads you out of the dark.

Rock bottom is generally considered the moment where a person reaches a point where they believe that things could not possibly get worse. Some may feel they have nothing left to lose.

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Negative Beliefs that Hinder your Addiction Recovery

The journey of addiction recovery is easily hindered by certain beliefs that we often hold onto.

These thought patterns can weigh heavily on someone who is trying to recover from addiction and may unnecessarily slow down their progress.

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Addiction Recovery & Counselling - How to say no & mean it

One of the tools that addiction counseling teaches you is how to say no. It also helps you realise that saying no can be easy and does not mean that you are selfish.

There are many people who believe that the only way to show someone kindness is to do what they ask of them, regardless of what the consequences will be.

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Assertive, passive and aggressive and the delicate balance between them

During addiction treatment and counselling, one of the most important topics approached is the different styles of communication.

The manner in which one communicates plays a crucial role in addiction recovery. Furthermore, knowing the difference between different styles of communication will assist in using the most effective style.

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