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“Comorbid Substance Use Disorder Raises Risk of Treatment-Resistant Depression”

Current or recent substance use disorder may be a risk factor for treatment resistance among patients with depression. This discovery is according to the results of a Swedish nested case-control study published in Addiction. Philip Brenner, MD, Ph.D., and his colleagues of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, used “Swedish governmental healthcare registers and dataRead More

Treatment Dropout

Sara Lappan, Ph.D., did a study titled, “Dropout rate of in-person psychosocial substance use disorder treatments: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” Using data from substance use disorder treatments from 1965 to 2016, Lappan found that “approximately 30% of participants in psychosocial substance use disorder treatments do not finish the programs.” News reports have indicated thatRead More

Recovery Through Neuroimaging

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription opioids have become increasingly dangerous, leading to more than 300,000 deaths in the United States. Research needs to continue so that doctors can find new ways to treat addictions and save lives. “Forging Neuroimaging Targets for Recovery in Opioid Use Disorder” does just that. ThisRead More

“New Tools Needed in the Fight Against Substance Use Disorder”

“The infrastructure around treatment must be strengthened by equipping medical professionals with the tools to manage patients with substance use disorders,” said Lori Trahan and James L. Baker in an article for the Boston Globe. Trahan is a US Representative of Massachusetts and a member of the Bipartisan Freshman Working Group on Addiction. Baker servedRead More

Treating Addiction as a Disease

Addictions are complicated, and roadblocks in recovery can feel insurmountable. Some people with addictions also struggle with food or behaviors like shopping or sex. These co-occurring issues can increase the complications of treating someone with a substance use disorder. Process addictions make it difficult to proceed in recovery because these very behaviors are necessary andRead More


If you are struggling but are not in immediate danger, you may not know where to turn. If you are in immediate danger, you can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you aren’t in a crisis, but you’re having trouble coping, you may feel like there is no one forRead More

Be The Best You

Plateauing during your recovery can be a difficult time. You don’t feel yourself getting worse, but you might not feel like you’re moving forward. You may feel unmotivated to push through and make changes. How can you keep pushing and stay on the road to recovery? Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help.  Set aRead More

The Three Pillars Of CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a talk therapy that can be extremely beneficial for those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. With CBT, the goal is to help the individual understand that their thoughts are impacting their actions. There are three pillars of CBT that ultimately drive the sessions, although usually unconsciously. Villa TranquilRead More

Dealing With Distress

Stress doesn’t always have to be negative. There is a kind of stress that can be positive: eustress. Eustress can be beneficial to you because it can increase your productivity. Of course, this is if it is handled correctly. Too much stress is harmful. Negative stress is called distress. Distress can have negative impacts onRead More

How To Get Yourself Help

1 in 5 adults live with mental illness in the United States. Less than half (NAMI) of these people seek help and end up in treatment, however. We know that sometimes things can get in the way of treatment. We, however, do not want there to be unnecessary barriers to treatment, such as a lackRead More