Can You Suffer From Depression After Addiction Recovery?

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Statistics show a strong connection between depression and drug and alcohol addiction. According to The National Bureau of Economic Research1, people who have been diagnosed with mental illness consume 69% of the nation’s alcohol and 84% of the nation’s cocaine. When someone is recovering from an addiction, depression after addiction can become a major obstacle […]

Addiction and Depression – Do Antidepressants Work? Dual Diagnosis OC Weighs In

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Despite some high-profile research suggesting that antidepressants are ineffective, most clinical studies find that this category of drugs can elevate mood and treat depression in most cases. Although depression isn’t completely understood, the symptoms can be treated effectively. Antidepressants don’t cure depression, but they are effective at relieving symptoms. Similar results apply to a dual […]

Is Using Ketamine for Depression Standard in Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

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Depression is a wide-reaching, often debilitating condition that affects more than 20 million Americans to varying degrees. Symptoms associated with depressive disorders include lethargy and feelings of hopelessness, suicidal tendencies, and social isolation. Some depressed individuals are able to manage their symptoms with medication and/or therapy, and live relatively normal lives. For many others on […]

Live Fast, Live Long: Young Rappers Speaking Out About Addiction And Depression

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If you call the phone number (800)273-8255, you’ll get access to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline[1], a confidential support organization to help people who are in distress. The number is also the title of one of rapper Logic’s newest songs. Huffington Post[2] reported that after the musician performed the song at the Grammy Awards in January […]

Why Meth is So Hard to Quit

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The chains of addiction are always challenging to break, but methamphetamine holds a considerably tighter grip on individuals. The highly addictive drug has damaging effects on the body and brain. Meth is nearly impossible to quit without support.1 Ahead, Ocean Hills Recovery discusses why meth has such a powerful effect on people and how professional support […]

How to Handle Anxiety in Sobriety

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For many individuals struggling with substance abuse, a root issue that can ultimately lead to addiction is anxiety. The attempt to numb the unpleasant symptoms of anxiety through drugs or alcohol is not uncommon. Unfortunately, anxiety in sobriety is also something many people in recovery face.  According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, […]

Support Mental Health and End the Stigma

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How can we make the world a place where everyone feels comfortable opening themselves up about their mental health? To support mental health is one small step each of us can take to help end its stigma and allow those who need help to ask for it. The prevailing adage, “It’s okay not to be okay,” […]

The Dangers of Meth Use

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Methamphetamine is an extremely potent and addictive drug that can quickly destroy a person’s health and livelihood. The dangers of meth are well-known and can affect a person’s mental, physical, and social well-being because of how addictive meth is. A single-use can lead to a serious addiction requiring a stay at a California rehab. It’s […]