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How Weather Affects People with Mood Disorders | Relapse Prevention

How Weather Affects People with Mood Disorders | Relapse Prevention

Weather affects mood, that is an undeniable fact [1]. Some people may even develop a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADs) because of weather changes and other international and external factors. For addicts, especially those suffering with mood disorders, each season has unique challenges for avoiding relapse and regulating mood during weather changes and bouts of long, severe weather. One…

Are All Addicts Suffering from Dual Diagnosis? – Addiction & Mental Illness

Are All Addicts Suffering from Dual Diagnosis? – Addiction & Mental Illness

There are specific dual diagnosis treatment centers that specialize in the treatment of co-occurring disorders. These facilities are equipped and staffed to deal with individuals who suffer from severe addiction and mental illness. Is drug addiction a mental illness? Yes. It’s important to note that drug addiction is classified as a mental illness because: “addiction changes the brain in fundamental…

Avoid Relapse During the Holidays

Avoid Relapse During the Holidays

Addiction during the holidays, here we go again, right? Well, Excel Behavioral Health decided to do what we usually do every Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza and Festivus: focus on the positives. Living with dual diagnosis means fighting on two fronts; addiction and mental health. But now, you’re supposed to throw the holidays in the mix too? Great, what else could go…

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