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Mental Health and Mental Illness - The Bergand Group

Mental Health Stigma Persists

The stigma surrounding both addiction and mental health has not diminished, despite modern resources, knowledge, and experience. There are still far too many who believe that both are the fault of the afflicted individual, too many who believe that the patient is a burden rather than someone to love and support. Only with an open […]

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The Psychology of Addiction - The Bergand Group

The Psychology of Addiction: Physical, Mental, Emotional

We’ve talked before about the need for increased education and awareness when it comes to addiction, but what about a conversation surrounding the psychology of addiction, specifically? Discovering which aspects of struggling with substance abuse are physical versus mental is one of the first steps toward better understanding what you or a loved one are going

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Addiction Therapy and Struggling with Addiction - The Bergand Group

Addiction Therapy Slowed by Emotional Attack

It’s obvious that working through addiction therapy can be massively difficult even with everyone surrounding you on your side.  Unfortunately, in many cases, the most influential “attack” comes from within; if you listen to your inner critic, or fear of emotion, then you’re likely to have even more trouble as you pursue are struggling with

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Phases of Addiction and Recovery - the Bergand Group

Phases of Addiction All Play a Role

As mentioned many times previously, understanding addiction is the cornerstone of true recovery and aiding those who are struggling with substance abuse.  No matter the age or situation of the patient, researching the physical, mental, and emotional bases and impacts is a crucial piece of developing rehabilitation strategies that more effectively aid people.  Part of

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Combat Addiction with Careful (and Hopeful) Planning

Some things that many people struggling with addiction (or their families) could always use more of are both hope and information.  The combination of not believing that positive change can take place and also not having a solid understanding of how best to combat addiction can be hugely adverse to a person’s recovery from substance

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Teen Relapse Prevention - The Bergand Group

Teen Relapse Prevention Can Be Perilous

There is a lot of debate regarding what does and doesn’t work in treating substance abuse and, more specifically, in teen relapse prevention.  Though each expert seems to have his or her own theories and practices, there are some that objectively work better for helping these young people than others.  Though a relapse can’t always

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Addiction and Mental Health Issues in College - Bergand Group

Addiction and Mental Health Issues Plague Colleges

There’s no question that there have been rising levels of both addiction and mental health issues on college campuses.  Though a lot of these institutions recognize that there is a problem and add or adjust their resources to combat these numbers, the fact is that most students are still going without the attention, guidance, and programs

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Alcohol and Drug Use Receive DSM Breakdown

In 2013, the DSM-V, or fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, was released.  What this meant in a general sense was updates to how psychological disorders are broken down and identified.  What this meant in terms of addiction was that there became a much more defined spectrum of alcohol and

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The Pitfalls of Modern Mental Health Stigmas

Mental health stigmas have often prevented those who are suffering from seeking help. Many times mental health stigmas are rooted in the stereotypes that mental health issues only affect a small majority of the population, while others stem from the miseducation of what these afflictions truly are. Too often do people describe a shift in

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