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Making Your Addiction Counseling Work For You

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: August 14, 2021 Updated: August 2, 2021 Addiction affects about 1 in 10 people in the United States. It is a disease, but the causes and effects are not only physical. Mental health issues, trauma, or experiencing difficult emotions are all thought to contribute to the development…

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How an IOP Can Work For Your Schedule

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: July 12, 2021 Updated: July 27, 2021 Many people who struggle with addiction do not get the help they need to overcome it. Despite the negative consequences of their substance use disorder, people delay or forgo treatment for years. The…

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Can Alcohol Use Make PTSD Symptoms Worse?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: June 8, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harm, and anxiety. Those symptoms occur due to various traumatic experiences ranging from emotional, physical, verbal, mental, or sexual…

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What to Expect in Dual Diagnosis Treatment

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Colin Moore Colin Moore read more Published: June 7, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 Millions of Americans struggle with substance abuse and mental health issues. Each condition requires treatment, but when someone experiences both, treatment can be more challenging. Experiencing both mental illness and substance abuse is…

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What Treatment for Depression Can Look Like

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: May 10, 2021 Updated: May 26, 2021 Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness in the United States. Millions of adults will experience a period of depression in any given year. One of the best tools…

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A Look at the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Process

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Colin Moore Colin Moore read more Published: May 8, 2021 Updated: May 26, 2021 Mental illness and addiction are common issues in the United States. Both require treatment and supportive care so that people can live healthy, productive lives. People living with a dual diagnosis of mental…

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 25, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 When people think about bipolar disorder, they may imagine someone who swings wildly between extreme happiness and devastating sadness. But bipolar disease often presents differently than the images we get from TV or movies. The majority of people living with…

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Treatment Options for Substance Use and Mental Health Conditions

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 3, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Many people struggle with both substance abuse and mental health issues. When a person has both diagnoses, treating either issue can be more difficult. Figuring out which symptoms are caused by the mental health condition and which are a result…

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Types of Counseling For Mental Health

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 11, 2021 Updated: April 8, 2021 Mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder are complex. When present, they change behaviors and limit the quality of life. However, counseling can be effective. At Northern Illinois Recovery, we offer a range of options,…

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The Impact of PTSD On Alcoholism

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 4, 2021 Updated: April 9, 2021 Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of mental health disorder. In it, a person experiences flashbacks, intense memories, and anxiety related to a past trauma. Some people use alcohol to manage these intrusive symptoms. Alcoholism can develop from this…