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Treatment Options for Substance Use and Mental Health Conditions

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 1, 2021 Updated: March 31, 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…

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The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 10, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 In the past, many referred to bipolar disorder as manic depression. This disorder is marked by intense and sudden shifts in behavior, energy levels, and mood. Some believed that drug and alcohol addiction recovery should address severe mental conditions such…

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Importance of National Depression Awareness Week

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 2, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 The first week of May is special for mental health enthusiasts. It is special because the entire week is for creating awareness about depression. Depression is a common mental health disorder. It affects people in their millions, yet most individuals…

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Are You Struggling With Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: September 18, 2020 Updated: October 29, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic is adversely affecting every sector in the world. The pandemic is responsible for massive job losses across the globe and forcing healthcare systems to channel a lot of resources towards containing it. For the everyday person, coronavirus…

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4 Common Co-Occurring Disorders That Require Treatment

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: September 9, 2020 Updated: October 28, 2020 Co-occurring disorders are common among people who are struggling with substance abuse. Many people who have substance use disorder also have a mental health condition. It works both ways, meaning people who have mental health disorders often abuse substances too.…

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The Importance of World Suicide Prevention Day

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: September 4, 2020 Updated: October 28, 2020 As World Suicide Prevention Day draws near, we can prepare ourselves to recognize this day with solemnity and understanding. Since its inception in 2003, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has been working to decrease the number of suicides across…

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How to Participate in National Suicide Prevention Week

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: September 3, 2020 Updated: October 28, 2020 As Suicide Prevention Week draws near, many people around the country will recognize the time by raising suicide awareness, among other things. The week of September 6 – 12 is formally recognized as Suicide Prevention Week. It provides a marker…