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Understanding Bipolar Disorder in Men

July 25, 2018

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 5.7 million adult Americans are affected by bipolar disorder. Men and women have the same chance of developing bipolar disorder, according to John Hopkins Medicine. Bipolar disorder in men has distinctly different symptoms than bipolar disorder in women. In this blog post, we explore the symptoms of the manic and depressive states of bipolar disorder in men. What Is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder. Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycles of manic states and depressive states. There is no cure for bipolar disorder,…

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Relapse Prevention Strategies That Work

July 8, 2018

Relapse prevention strategies help clients become aware of how to avoid or overcome specific triggers for substance use in their lives. These strategies are developed during drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and clients continue to use them at home. It’s even a good idea for clients to share their relapse prevention strategies with their loved ones to get additional assistance. Relapse prevention strategies that are truly effective have been created with honesty and specific details and are carried out with dedication and a realistic approach. At Destination Hope, these strategies are created specifically for the client and their lifestyle. Triggers…

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Childhood Issues – Causes and Consequences of Addiction

June 27, 2018

Family and addiction are often difficult topics to discuss. Addiction doesn’t just hurt those abusing, it can seriously affect everyone around them, especially their children. One of the long term effects of growing up in a home where addiction and substance abuse are present is trauma- specifically, familial trauma. This trauma affects everyone differently and to varying degrees, just as everyone’s experience with addiction is different. Children need basic stability, trust and predictability in their home life in order to develop emotionally. Unfortunately, these are the very things that tend to be absent in households where at least one family member is…

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How Behavioral Therapy Benefits Addicts & Their Families

June 19, 2018

Addiction often has roots in dysfunctional relationships and communication within the family unit. Because of the complex network of relationships and interactions, family therapy is an important part of treatment. We know that often, substance abuse is the visible manifestation of a more complex, deeper cause and that is why Destination Hope specializes in family therapy as part of every therapeutic modality we offer. Not only does our family therapy program help the addict face the complexities in his life head-on, it also helps the families themselves: Families have the chance to work out their most complex issues with the…

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5 Reasons Outpatient Drug Treatment Fails

May 24, 2018

Outpatient drug treatment has a proven track record of success but does not provide the controlled environment of inpatient drug treatment. The flexibility of outpatient treatment is an amazing benefit but also presents a potential hurdle. Here are five common reasons why outpatient drug treatment programs fail: #1. Clients Return to Their Old Haunts During Outpatient Drug Treatment Outpatient drug treatment loses much of its effectiveness if you return to the places you frequented when using. Even if you turn down offers to use or no one is using in that venue anymore, simply being there is problematic. You are…

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10 Songs about Addiction That Will Make You Feel Empowered

October 27, 2017

We all crave inspiration in the form of music at one point or another. For a recovering addict, the need for music to empower and strengthen the spirit can strike at any time. However you source your music, it is always a smart idea to keep an addiction playlist at the ready for those moments when you could use a little extra inspiration. We have compiled a list of our favorite songs about addiction that will motivate you and help you out through even the darkest of days. #10 Chandelier by Sia The song “Chandelier” by Sia is about the…

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Common Forms of Co-Occurring Disorders that Need Dual Diagnosis

October 25, 2017

Co-occurring disorders can manifest themselves in many different ways. In some cases, a person may have a pre-existing mental condition that hasn’t been treated correctly, leading them to substance abuse. In other cases, substance abuse creates mental illness. Whatever the case, the combinations of substances and mental health conditions can lead to a unique treatment plan for patients. It is surprisingly common for a person to have a dual diagnosis of a substance addiction and mental health condition, and this number is only increasing. The following are the most common co-occurring disorders. Cocaine Addiction and Anxiety Disorders The most common…

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Can You Learn to Drink in Moderation?

Have you been sober for a period of time, and are wondering if you can ease back into having a drink on special occasions? Or, perhaps, you believe you may have a drinking problem, but do not want to give up alcohol entirely? We all know drinking to excess is unhealthy, especially for those who have an addictive personality – but is the occasional glass of wine acceptable, if only reserved for rare evenings? Before considering whether or not it is a safe option for you to drink in moderation, consider the following, and bring your thoughts to the attention…

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How to Speak to Your Employer about Addiction

If you have recently returned to work after attending a rehabilitation program, or are beginning a new position, it is important that your employer understands the position you are currently in (if you feel comfortable speaking to them about it).

Not only will having a discussion with your employer about your addiction help you understand your employment rights, but it will help them understand you a bit better. Read on to learn a few helpful tips when speaking to your employer about your previous or ongoing addiction.

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The Importance of Honesty in Recovery

Admitting that you are struggling with an addiction or mental health issue is one of the hardest things you will ever do. Once you admit to yourself, it also means that you will need to admit to others that you have these issues and need help to overcome them. Dishonesty is all too common among addicts and those with a mental health condition – most of the time it’s about the denial that you have an issue or need help. For some, it could also extend into lies they have told friends and family, i.e. lying about how much they…

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