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Compassion-Focused Therapy

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Compassion is a very important emotion for all people to experience in order to help those who are suffering. We need to be able to recognize suffering and to lend a helping hand. Compassion-focused therapy promotes mental and emotional healing by encouraging compassion in themselves and others. Compassion is a very important quality to have as a human being. It can help open your heart and make you realize that you are not alone in any problems you are experiencing. Compassion can also improve your health by strengthening your immune system, lowering your stress and depression, and can help you…

Early recovery

What to Expect in Early Recovery

Early recovery is very new. So what can I expect in my first year of recovery after leaving rehab? One of the most important things I wish I’d known when leaving rehab. “I have gone through a life-changing five-week experience where I spent time examining my feelings, my drinking, my relationships etc. but the rest of my family & the world have not had this experience, nor do they work a programme.” Leaving rehab can be frightening  You’ll be asking yourself questions such as “what’s it going to be like?” and “where do I tell people I’ve been?” These anxieties…

Drug Use Mixed with Pregnancy

Drug Use Mixed with Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you are sharing everything with your unborn child. Whatever you eat, drink, and the same air and blood supply. Whenever you consume any substance, it is important to think about the child you are about to give birth to. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health says that 4.5% of women from age 15-44 have done drugs during their pregnancy. Doing drugs while pregnant can lead to some permanent and deadly consequences for your child. Using marijuana or crystal method can lead serious impacts on the baby. Cocaine cause cause your baby to have heart…

Complex PTSD

Complex PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a disorder of having trouble recovering from a traumatic event. Complex PTSD is for long-term traumatic events such as being held captive, being in a concentration camp, long-term domestic abuse, prisoner of war camps, and long-term sexual abuse. It is important for those with Complex PTSD to seek treatment to recover from the years of emotional and physical abuse they have endured. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling The symptoms of Complex PTSD can be trying to forget about anything that can lead to reliving the traumatic events or feeling detached physically and…

Different Types of Bipolar Disorders

Different Types of Bipolar Disorders

When the media discusses bipolar disorder, they typically only mention “bipolar disorder”, not realizing that there are other forms of bipolar. Treatment for mental health needs to be individualized and specific. By understanding what type of bipolar disorder you might be living with, you can be better prepared to work with your team of specialists in creating a treatment plan for your mental health care. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Bipolar I Disorder: A manic-depressive disorder of having at least one manic episode of abnormally raised mood and high energy. According to Mental Health Ireland, one…

Healthy vs. Toxic Guilt

Healthy vs. Toxic Guilt

Guilt is feeling bad that something happened to someone. There can be guilt that is rational such as hurting someone’s feelings and seeing that person cry and there is irrational guilt where you can feel bad for someone else feeling bad about something that was not your fault. It is important to get rid of your unhealthy guilt to prevent these thoughts from keeping you up at night and to learn that you cannot control the uncontrollable. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Healthy guilt occurs when you have done something wrong like when you cause harm…

How Alcohol Affects the Kidneys

How Alcohol Affects the Kidneys

Just like the liver, the kidneys are considered an underappreciated organ. The kidneys filter blood to remove toxins and wastes in the body as well as activate Vitamin D and regulate the volume and concentration of the body’s fluids. Kidneys help keep your blood pressure balanced as well as blood minerals like potassium, sodium and phosphorus. Kidneys also release a hormone that directs the production of red blood cells. Because of all of the good things that kidneys can do to the body, it is important to protect them from the damages caused by alcohol to prevent kidney disease. The…

Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

Hoarding and Substance Abuse

Collectors like to collect specific things in a variety of different shapes and styles such as bottle caps, paintings, baseball cards, posters, and much more. Hoarders collect unneeded items in fear of throwing anything away. When mixed with substance abuse, this bad combination needs to be treated before you lose control over not just your house but your life. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3%-5% of the population hoards. The most common items are newspapers, clothing, packing materials, magazines, books, and animals. Majority of the time, hoarders just have…

How Does an Addict Think?

How Does an Addict Think?

People can look at addicts and not understand why they do what they do when they are aware of the harmful consequences. It is easy to judge instead of taking the time to understand what an addict must have been thinking as they using. In order to better sympathize with addicts, it is important to see where they are coming from in their addiction in order to better help them. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling People can do drugs and alcohol because of peer pressure as they see friends and family drinking alcohol or doing drugs…

Great Reasons to Stop Drinking Alcohol

Great Reasons to Stop Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol has the power to destroy your mental and physical health. According to the World Health Organization, Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinking and 88 Irish people die from alcohol a month which would be a thousand a year. Here are great reasons to quit drinking alcohol so you can start your recovery. When you wake up in the morning, you will not feel a throbbing headache from a hangover but will wake up feeling replenished like you are given a second chance. Most of your money would normally be spent on going to the bar or…