Clinical Insights

For medical professionals Articles for doctors, nurses, therapists and other health professionals who are interested in addiction and recovery. If you'd like us to address a particular issue please get in contact.

For medical professionals Articles for doctors, nurses, therapists and other health professionals who are interested in addiction and recovery. If you'd like us to address a particular issue please get in contact.

September 18, 2017

Human beings are pleasure-seeking creatures: We chase after food, drink, and activities that make us feel good, and we seek to repeat that behavior. While this pleasure-seeking behavior is at the core of our evolutionary survival, it can also threaten our very existence when it runs amok. Such is the case with drug or alcohol addiction.

September 18, 2017

Vitamins are extremely important for safe alcohol withdrawal. Thiamine is just one of the vitamins in which many alcoholics are deficient. Even former drinkers should get their thiamine levels tested.

 

September 11, 2017

At its essence, multiple personality disorder, or “MPD”, is a coping mechanism. An individual who is embarrassed or uncomfortable with some element of his being might dissociate that element into a box or pocket that remains separate from the rest of his life. Sex addicts, for example, frequently distinguish their predilections from their regular day-to-day existences in order to rationalize their regular lives without feeling shame or guilt over their pursuits of taboo activities.

August 30, 2017

As part of the “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery” initiative, The State is hiring midwives who are specialized in addiction to help with babies born with addiction. Mothers who use drugs and alcohol during their term of pregnancy always run the risk of creating cognitive and developmental deficiencies in their unborn child. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, for example, can take many forms like the development of mental illness or physical deformities. The use of heavy drugs during pregnancy can have a more cruel effect on unborn children- giving them an addiction they didn’t ask for.

August 17, 2017

Relationships are a necessity in life. Learning to have healthy relationships can present many challenges when you are living in recovery from mental illness.

 

August 10, 2017

What does the term “male eating disorders” mean? It stands out because eating disorders aren’t typically defined by gender. Both males and females can suffer with eating disorders of any kind. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders, orthorexia, muscle dysmorphia, and other kinds of eating disorders or body image issues can be experienced by any sex or gender identification. However, eating disorders are more commonly stereotyped to be female issues. Females experience more physical scrutiny at a public level than men do.

August 8, 2017

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, experienced around the world. According to the World Health Organization over 300 million people worldwide struggle with depression.

 

August 7, 2017

Self-care is different for everyone depending on their unique needs in recovery. Taking the skills you learn in treatment with you when you leave is important for continuing to care for your health of mind, body, and spirit.

August 4, 2017

The relationship between PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse is not without recognition. In order to cope with high amounts of stress and difficult emotions in living with PTSD, people turn to drugs and alcohol with numb their pain- both emotional and physical. Mental illness of any kind has been proven to increase the likelihood of substance abuse as a form of maladaptive coping as well as a result of compromised cognitive function, i.e. decision making.

July 20, 2017

The brain is a fragile organ. Slight changes, blunt impacts, chemical alterations, or malfunctions like a stroke can cause permanent damage or change to the brain. Events like strokes are unpredictable. A stroke is a disease as well as a spontaneous event. Determining a stroke is not always easy. Most often, stroke can be identified through obvious physical symptoms. There will be a droop or drop in one side of the body. The face will appear to sag on one side as the nervous system gets confused. Muscle weakness, loss of limb control, and impaired speech will also suddenly occur.