How to Overcome Stress from COVID-19

Posted on: April 17, 2020 by in Ativan Treatment
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Whether you currently suffer from a mental illness, a dual diagnosis, substance abuse, or are perfectly healthy, the outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fear and anxiety caused by worrying about the disease can be overwhelming. The CDC lists what stress during this uncertain time can look like for different people warning that some people may have stronger reactions than others: Fear/worry about your health or Continue Reading ...

Common Eating Disorders: The Basics

Posted on: April 10, 2020 by in Articles
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What are Eating Disorders? Eating disorders can be caused by different environmental factors in an individual’s life. Some common influences that are seen within school-aged children and adolescents are bullying, fad diets, and social media. Common Eating Disorders There are two major eating disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a restriction of food and purging, which can be caused by vomiting or use of laxatives, and a 15 percent Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Depression

Posted on: April 3, 2020 by in Ativan Treatment
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Depression is a mental illness that is caused by a chemical imbalance within the brain and is characterized by a persistently depressed mood, which causes significant impairment in daily life. Types of Depression Depression is a broad term and can either be a stand-alone mental illness or occur as a part of a larger mental illness. For example, battling schizophrenia can cause depression. Individuals with bipolar disorder have periods of depression. Postpartum depression occurs after the Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the GI Tract

Posted on: March 27, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, and anus. The stomach, a “J” shaped pouch, is located in the left upper abdomen. The stomach acts as a holding cell for contents that have been ingested and hydrochloric acid is let into the stomach to disintegrate the contents so it can pass through the rest of the GI tract. A large percentage of nutrient absorption happens in the small and large intestine. What is Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Bipolar Disorder

Posted on: March 20, 2020 by in Ativan Treatment
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What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by a manic phase and a depressive phase. In a manic phase, lasting anywhere between weeks and months, an individual experiences an intense moment of hyperactivity. In the depressive phase of bipolar, which can also last weeks to months, an individual experiences intense moments of depression. There are three main types of bipolar: Bipolar I – diagnosed when a person has a manic episode. People with Continue Reading ...

The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient

Posted on: March 13, 2020 by in Marijuana Treatment
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The common places we hear the words “inpatient” and “outpatient” are in the hospital, doctors' offices, and psychiatric settings. But what do these terms actually mean? Inpatient Services When the word inpatient is used it usually means a stay that requires a patient to be entered into the administration system of the facility and stay overnight at the facility. In the hospital setting, a patient can be inpatient for 24 hours or longer, whether for surgery or Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Brain

Posted on: March 6, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The brain is an extremely vascularized, complex organ. The reason for the brain having so many blood vessels is so that the brain receives an adequate supply of oxygen. When the brain receives an adequate supply, it can continue to function and supply the body with basic life. The brain functions to regulate breathing patterns, sleep patterns, keeping an individual from vomiting, and even planning out muscle movements so an individual can walk! There are a lot more functions of the brain, but Continue Reading ...

What is Comorbidity?

Posted on: February 28, 2020 by in Cocaine Treatment
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Comorbidity is a medical term used to describe a patient who has multiple chronic health issues in their past medical history. It is extremely important that a healthcare provider (especially those in the hospital caring for an acute episode) knows every chronic health issue of their patient. Knowing these comorbidities allows the healthcare team to identify how the current health issue is impacting the patient and how the comorbidities affect the current illness as well. This allows the Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Anxiety Disorders

Posted on: February 21, 2020 by in 12-Step Model
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What is an Anxiety Disorder? Anxiety disorders are brought on by chemical imbalances within the brain. Neurotransmitters, chemical communicators between cells in the brain, include norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), etc. All of these play a role in the physical manifestation of anxiety. Anxiety disorders can also worsen due to past trauma as well as situational and/or emotional stress in an individual’s life. Types of Anxiety Disorders Generalized Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Kidneys

Posted on: February 14, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The kidneys, kidney bean shaped organs, are located in the back area of the abdominal cavity. They are encased in fatty tissue with the last two ribs creating a protective “cage.” The kidneys have multiple functions – the most important being filtering the blood of wastes and creating urine as a way of excreting (or getting rid of) the waste. What is the kidney’s job with alcohol? The kidneys act as the body’s filter, from filtering medications to maintaining Continue Reading ...