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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.

February 20, 2018

How to Strengthen Your Immune System in Winter

The cold is most common during the winter. According to Irish Health, the cold infects our upper airways and most people will catch the cold two or four times a year. Here are some ideas to how to strengthen your immune system during these cold months.

February 14, 2018

How to Make an Intervention Successful

Interventions are most often seen in this way: someone who is struggling with addiction unexpectedly sits down with a group of loved ones who encourage them to admit they have a problem and to seek help. Then, the addicted loved one will either want to get treatment as a result or get angry and continue to be in denial. It is important to make sure that an intervention is successful by being empathetic and non-judgmental towards the addict to show that you care about their wellbeing.

February 12, 2018

Different Types of Bipolar Disorders

When the media discusses bipolar disorder, they typically only mention “bipolar disorder”, not realizing that there are other forms of bipolar. Treatment for mental health needs to be individualized and specific. By understanding what type of bipolar disorder you might be living with, you can be better prepared to work with your team of specialists in creating a treatment plan for your mental health care.

January 30, 2018

Careers You Can Have in the Treatment Field

One of the best ways you can make use of your recovery is to be able to help others the way that others have helped you. If you take what you have learned on your road to recovery, you can be an inspiration to other patients going through addiction and teach them that they can make it through. You can work at research facilities, hospitals, detention centers, educational centers, private practices, methadone clinics, mental health centers, detoxification centers, and drug rehabs.

January 24, 2018

Emotional Detoxing

Sometimes you can feel so many emotions at once that you do not how to handle it. Many people try to deny their emotions or react in violent/self-harming ways as an outlet instead of talking about your feelings and embracing them. While drug detoxes help cleanse the body of the toxins that came from drugs, emotional detoxes help cleanse your mind of your negative emotions in a healthy way.

January 24, 2018

Drama Therapy

Drama therapy is when you use theater techniques to express your feelings, solve your problems, and achieve your goals. You do not need to be an award-winning actor or to have a theater background in order to take part in drama therapy. Drama therapy is all about playing enacting scenes in order to express yourself in ways that words alone would not be effective.

December 29, 2017

What it Feels Like to Have PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder of not being able to recover after experiencing or seeing something terrifying. According to PTSDUK, one in ten people have PTSD along with one in five firefighters, 70% of rape victims, one in three teens who have been in a car crash, and 40% who have dealt with sudden loss. You can either feel your life is in danger, threatened, or you have seen someone else dying or being injured.

December 14, 2017

What it Feels Like to Have an Eating Disorder

According to Body Whys, up to 200,000 people in Ireland have an eating disorder. Eating disorders go beyond unhealthy weight loss methods but are about battling with your mind about what is or is not real.

November 27, 2017

How to Recover from a Traumatic Event

Traumatic stress is a normal reaction to a tragic event like a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, a car accident, a plane crash, or a shooting. You can experience traumatic stress whether you were a survivor of the event or had nothing to do with it. It is important for those who have experienced or are surrounded by tragedy to do things to pick you up and make you happy as well as have a good support system.

November 24, 2017

How to Love Your Body

Many people tend to take advantage of their bodies. People tend to self-harm themselves in order to look the way they want to such as over-exercising, plastic surgery, doing abusive substances, or undereating. According to the National Eating Disorders, 70% of women ages 18-30 years-old are dissatisfied with their bodies as well as 43% of men. It is important to understand the importance of loving your body by taking care of it and finding ways to let yourself know you are worth it.