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May is Mental Health Month
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May is Mental Health Month

Every year since 1949, Mental Health America has held Mental Health Month. Along with affiliates across the United States, Mental Health America strives to share the importance of mental health with millions of people through media coverage, mental health screenings, and events led by individuals and organizations. Especially this year, mental health is a topic...

Six Benefits of Drug and Alcohol Counseling
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Six Benefits of Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Are you interested in a career where you can help people overcome challenges? Then becoming a drug and alcohol counselor could be the career for you.   It is estimated that over 23 million Americans have a drug or alcohol abuse disorder. Those that enter treatment learn a lot about themselves.  The individual can understand the...

Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People With Co-occurring Disorders
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Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People With Co-occurring Disorders

Did you know that one in every ten Americans will struggle with drugs and alcohol at some point during their lives? Not only is this a prevalent problem, but 75% of affected individuals also report never getting treatment for mental health issues or substance use. If you’re passionate about ensuring that these people receive treatment,...

12 Step Program Myths and Types
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12 Step Program Myths and Types

The first 12-step program, Alcoholics Anonymous, started in 1935. There are now many types of 12-step programs worldwide, all based on the same 12 steps of recovery.  Are you wondering what a 12-step program is? Some people find 12-step programs and traditions mystifying. If you’re feeling in the dark about AA or other 12-step programs,...

How to Become a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor
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How to Become a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor

Addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. Their thoughts, actions, and emotional reactions change in response to drug and alcohol abuse. Addiction often changes a person from acting differently than they would while sober.  Finances, relationships, jobs, self-identity, and quality of life diminish with drug and alcohol abuse.  If substance abuse has affected you...

5 Reasons Attending School Will Help Your Addiction Recovery
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5 Reasons Attending School Will Help Your Addiction Recovery

Did you know that over 20 million Americans are struggling with one or more addictions? Unfortunately, only approximately 10% of these people are receiving treatment for their addictions. If you’ve begun your alcohol or drug recovery journey, then you’re already on the right track. However, one can’t recover from addiction overnight. It takes a lot...

How to Become a Peer Support Specialist
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How to Become a Peer Support Specialist

Have you overcome a mental health condition or substance use disorder? Are you also thinking about changing your career path? You may be unsure which direction to take, but have you considered becoming a peer support specialist? You may have never heard of this essential role, but it’s a rewarding job for those who have...

Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Among Young Adults
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Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Among Young Adults

In 2019, there were 9.5 million young adults diagnosed with at least one co-occurring disorder and a substance use disorder. (Samhsa.gov).  In 2020, more young adults attending college suffered from mental health concerns during the Coronavirus pandemic.   College students can be especially vulnerable to these disorders. They try to balance work and social life among other more...