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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...

Tips for Studying and Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
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Tips for Studying and Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

Mental illnesses are complex and often difficult to diagnose and treat. When two or more disorders come together, the complexity of the individual’s needs and symptoms skyrocket. Treating multiple illnesses at once is challenging and requires a lot of studying and a deep understanding of mental disorders. What exactly are co-occurring disorders, and how are...

How to Transition to a Career as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor
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How to Transition to a Career as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor

Are you looking for a career change? Do you want to help people struggling with addiction diseases? Are you passionate about mental health? Becoming a substance abuse professional could be the right move for you. Becoming an Alcohol and Drug Counselor is a big decision that comes with many steps, but in the end, you’ll...

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