Psychodrama therapy techniques

How Psychodrama Helps Heal Past Trauma

Psychodrama has been around for nearly 100 years and can be an effective tool for helping people struggling with a number of challenges, including addictions and trauma. Psychodrama therapy techniques can help people give voice and action to areas of their lives that have kept them stuck. Those areas are what may be hindering their…

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What Causes Addiction?

One of the biggest mysteries in addiction science is why some people get addicted to drugs or alcohol and why others do not. The factors that contribute to addiction are extremely complex. Although we cannot yet point to a specific gene or underlying health problem as the cause of addiction, there are certain commonalities among those who…

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Depression and Addiction: Get the Facts

Everyone gets the blues now and then. When those feelings of melancholy and despair linger for weeks, not days, it can be a sign of something more serious. Depression affects 1 in 10 Americans, but the depression rate among those struggling with addiction is even higher. According to the Department of Health and Human Services,…

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The Cycle of Addiction

When you grow up around addiction, life is not always easy. Your relationship with your parent or loved one is fraught with tension. Your loved one may be unreliable or unreachable. They may show generous love and then take it away. They are so conflicted by their struggle with addiction that they cannot love themselves,…

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Relationships and Addiction: Is it Worth it?

Whether they are a friend, a lover or a family member, being in a relationship with someone struggling with addiction is not easy. Addiction can turn your loved one into another person. He or she may be unreliable, forgetful, anxious, impulsive, inpatient or unrecognizable. Because of this extreme behavior, many people have fears about having…

Protecting Our Veterans From Substance Abuse

Protecting Our Veterans From Substance Abuse

As thousands of American military members return from active duty overseas, an alarming number of veterans are demonstrating symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, to cope with the challenges these conditions present, many personnel are turning to the false comfort provided by alcohol and drugs. How can we protect the…

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How Substance Abuse Harms Relationships

Drinking heavily and doing drugs are casual habits that can quickly become uncontrollable. For couples, spending a night “blowing off steam” can turn into a devastating cycle of abuse, anger, resentment, and violence. Here is how to know when drinking or drug abuse is damaging your relationship, and what you can do to stop the…

Opiate Addiction: Is It a Mental Illness?

Opiate Addiction: Is It a Mental Illness?

Opiates are addictive narcotic painkillers that come in legally prescribed and illicit forms. They are also dangerous, and opiate addicts currently suffer from the highest rates of relapse and overdose, according to National Institutes of Health. In the past, addiction professionals regarded substance abuse as a weakness of character rather than a mental health disorder;…