Category Archives: Dual Diagnosis | Mental Disorders | Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

articles on effective dual diagnosis |co-occurring disorders treatment – what needs to be done if a person has both a mental illness and an addiction

Working the 12 Steps With a Little Help From Brain Science

Working the 12 Steps With a Little Help From Brain Science

Millions struggling with addiction* have found their pathway to recovery through the 12 Steps — AA and NA, as examples. Millions of their loved ones have found their recovery from secondhand drinking | secondhand drugging (SHD)** through 12 Steps, as well — Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, as examples. But there are many more who report having a problem with theContinue Reading

7 Things to Know When Looking for Addiction Treatment

7 Things to Know When Looking for Addiction Treatment

Are you looking for addiction treatment for a loved one or friend? You’re not alone. Every week I receive calls and emails from family members and friends trying to find treatment for their loved one’s addiction,* aka substance use disorder. These kinds of phone calls and emails are heartbreaking. Their panic, anger, fear, frustration, sadness, desperation and anguishContinue Reading

Using Brain Science to Change Your Mind

Using Brain Science to Change Your Mind

Brain science is a powerful tool one can use to change their thoughts, feelings or behaviors – seriously! For followers of my blog, you know my enthusiasm for one of the most profound discoveries I’ve learned which is how the brain wires, develops and maps. And it is this understanding that has helped me andContinue Reading

Recovery from Gambling Addiction | Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Recovery from Gambling Addiction | Catherine Townsend-Lyon

“Now that gambling addiction is currently the #1 addiction with the highest suicide rate than any other and over 16 million problem gamblers in just the US alone, I want to share some of my story and devastation in my life due to this cunning addiction,” says Catherine Townsend-Lyon, today’s guest author. Bestselling Kodel EmpireContinue Reading

CoOccurring Disorders | Anger | Addiction | Recovery Connection

CoOccurring Disorders | Anger | Addiction | Recovery Connection

CoOccurring Disorders and the anger, addiction, and recovery connection is important to understand when assessing how best to help someone treat their addiction and succeed in long-term recovery. Today’s guest author, Joe Koelzer, delves into the complexities of this connection in his article shared below. Joe holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology from theContinue Reading

Like Bipolar, Like Alcoholism – Guest Author Regina Eversole

Like Bipolar, Like Alcoholism – Guest Author Regina Eversole

Like Bipolar, Like Alcoholism – both wreck havoc in people’s lives – the person with the disorder and those who love them. Why? Generally because of the stigma and shame as a consequence of the belief that people develop these diseases due to a lack of willpower and continue in their diseases because they don’t careContinue Reading

Taking Control of Anxiety – Guest Author, Dr. Thomas Kimball

Taking Control of Anxiety – Guest Author, Dr. Thomas Kimball

As National Mental Health Month draws to a close, I’d like to share an article on taking control of anxiety written by Dr. Thomas Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT. He serves as the Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities and holds the George C. Miller Family Regents Professorship at Texas Tech University. He is co-authorContinue Reading

Childhood Trauma – Substance Misuse Connection

Childhood Trauma – Substance Misuse Connection

The childhood trauma – substance misuse connection is one of the most important interactions society as a whole must understand. It is profoundly life changing because it changes a child or teen’s brain circuitry – meaning how their brain wires, thus how it works, thus what that child or teen thinks, feels, says and does,Continue Reading