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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most respected forms of therapy currently in practice. It is used to help a host of mental health-related issues and disorders, including substance abuse. The history of CBT provides insight into how this form of therapy evolved and has maintained its commitment to being a pragmatic and […]

Relapse: Triggers, Methods, and Avoidance

The Role of Relapse in Addiction Recovery Because addiction has previously been considered a failure of willpower, people who relapse might believe that they are defeated or have failed. This is not true. Addiction changes brain chemistry, and sometimes brain shape, and treatment is a long-term process of changing the brain back as much as […]

Marijuana Detox and Withdrawal Times

Marijuana and its psychoactive properties grew popular throughout the latter half of the 20th century and, in the past few decades, the drug has continued to see increasingly widespread use. This growing popularity of the drug has paralleled, in many states, the push to legalize the substance, both for medical and recreational use. Although more […]

Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States, affecting about 30% of adults at some point during their lives.1 In southern Nevada, anxiety is the number one mental health diagnosis in emergency departments; anxiety-related visits increased from 11,613 in 2009 to 36,696 in 2017, the latest year for which we […]

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar disorder and substance use disorders (SUDs) commonly occur together. When a person has one or more mental health disorders as well as a substance use disorder, this is called co-occurring disorders, or dual diagnosis. If you or someone you care about is dealing with co-occurring addiction and bipolar disorder, you’re not alone. Studies estimate […]