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From Comfort to Growth

We often stay in our comfort zone because, well, it’s comfortable — but is comfort good for us? While yes, we feel safe and in control in our comfort zones, we don’t grow there. We don’t push ourselves to learn more and be better and truly grow. Comfort and growth are mutually exclusive. We tradeRead More

Practicing Active Listening

Active listening may seem redundant because listening requires your active attention. However, many people who are engaging in a conversation are not practicing the technique of active listening. Active listening requires concentration on what the other person is saying, not just merely hearing what’s being said. Active listening requires your full attention. If you aren’tRead More

The Hierarchy Of Recovery

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is not unknown to most people. Many of us have learned about Maslow’s pyramid in school. If you haven’t, here’s a quick overview: Maslow believed that before an individual can get any need met, they must first have their physiological needs met. These physiological needs include food, water, shelter, andRead More

Substance Use Disorder Diagnostic Criteria

When a medical professional is looking at diagnosing someone with a substance use disorder, they must look at certain criteria set forth by Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This is where you can go to learn about any mental illness. The Fifth Edition of the DSM was releasedRead More

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

Recovery Research Institute describes the recovery-oriented systems of care as “an organizing paradigm for addressing substance use disorders through a supportive network of individual and societal factors.” This is able to describe the many factors that both, directly and indirectly, impact recovery from a substance use disorder. Recovery Research Institute splits these factors up intoRead More

Stages of Recovery

According to the Recovery Research Institute, there are five stages of recovery and change. There are different strategies, treatment, and recovery support services at each stage. Below are the five stages of recovery and change, according to the Recovery Research Institute.  Pre-contemplative  “In this stage, individuals are not even thinking about changing their behavior. TheyRead More

Addiction Is A Disease

Don’t let anyone fool you — addiction is a disease. It isn’t something someone would choose to have. Most people wouldn’t wish their addiction on their worst enemy. There are changes in brain chemistry when a person has an addiction, which makes addiction a disease.  Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, is a key factor in motivation andRead More

Introversion Is Not A Weakness

Extroversion is normalized. It’s almost seen as the preferred trait. Extroverts are those speaking up and making the rules. Because of this, introversion often gets a bad reputation. There are common misconceptions about introverts. We’re here to say, however, that there is nothing wrong with being an introvert. Do you often find yourself dreading socialRead More

Quotes To Keep In Mind

There are sayings that are so overused that they become annoying to hear. These clichés help no one because they have lost their meaning. There are many of these written and said about mental health that do more harm than good. We put together a list of five quality non-clichés to remind yourself of whenRead More