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Seeking Out Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Northern California

There is a strong link between mental health and substance use disorders. While it cannot be said that one directly causes the other, the fact is that they frequently occur together and feed off of one another. Co-occurring disorder treatment refers to the practice of simultaneously treating the two. It is common for individuals with…

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The Importance of Alcohol Rehab for Veterans

Veterans often face a host of challenges when adjusting to civilian life. Many veterans struggle due to a lack of mental health support, physical disabilities, or as a result of the trauma they may have experienced during service. These struggles can put veterans at significant risk of developing a substance use disorder. When combined with…

Post-Traumatic Growth

As many of you may already know, post-traumatic growth (PTG) is a theory that explores the growth and transformation that can happen following trauma. Developed in the mid 1990’s by Richard Tedeschi, PhD, and Lawrence Calhoun, PhD, the theory purports that people who endure psychological struggle following adversity and trauma can often see positive growth afterward. According…

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The Importance of Monitoring the Mental Health of Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel

Addressing the mental health of veterans and active-duty military personnel has never been more important. The stresses of military service frequently put unique pressures on members of the military especially for those who may have been exposed to combat. These pressures and experiences may lead to struggles with mental health issues, including PTSD. Consequently, active-duty…

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Group Addiction Counseling in Northern California

Addiction can be isolating and lonely. While group counseling can initially be intimidating, it often proves to be a valuable treatment option. Group counseling is the treatment modality of choice for individuals with substance abuse problems and is among the counseling services offered at New Bridge Foundation®. In group counseling, individuals can share and grow…

Addressing the Needs of Women in Treatment.

  Despite the fact that the specific issues and the physiological effects of substance use disorders impact women differently than men, behavioral health services, have rarely taken sex and gender differences into account. In order to address this and improve treatment services for women, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) developed a treatment…

Nonbinary Gender Affirming Care

Research indicates that addiction occurs at an approximate rate of 30% in the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community. This is primarily due to social stigma that still exists for LGBTQ people in society. Traditionally, gender is defined as either “male” or “female” and is referred to as the binary gender system. There are numerous nonbinary identities that…

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Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis in Northern California

Mental health and substance use disorders commonly go hand-in-hand, weaving a complex web of symptoms and behaviors. While researchers have not found a clear delineation as to which begins first, they have determined that mental health and substance use disorders influence and feed off of one another, thus requiring specialized services to achieve recovery. With…

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How Mental Health Affects Addiction

Mental health disorders and addiction are common issues in the United States. Both require treatment and supportive care so that people can live healthy, productive lives. However, a co-occurring disorder can be difficult to diagnose and it can be challenging to ascertain when someone requires dual diagnosis treatment. The symptoms of mental illness can mimic…

woman being treated for co-occuring disorders in the Oakland area

Treating Co-Occurring Disorders in the Oakland Area

It is not uncommon for a person suffering from a substance use disorder to also have mental health issues. In fact, researchers have identified a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders conditions referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” The symptoms of each may overlap, making it difficult for individuals to know exactly…