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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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Common Signs A Loved One Is Experiencing PTSD

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: March 17, 2021 Updated: February 28, 2021 People who experience an upsetting event often have nightmares, memories, or flashbacks when exposed to a different traumatic situation. Examples include mass shootings, earthquakes, or a bombing. You may have a loved one who shows signs of PTSD, post-traumatic stress…

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How Isolation Can Impact Alcoholism

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: March 5, 2021 Updated: March 16, 2021 Isolation can sneak up on a person, making it tough to stay in touch with loved ones, stay active, and maintain a healthy mindset. When times get stressful, we tend to become more worried about our health in general. Staying…

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Inpatient Treatment For Bipolar Disorder

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 26, 2021 Updated: April 8, 2021 Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health disorder involving manic highs and depressive symptoms. Without treatment, it can be hard to manage. Once treatment is in place, it becomes more manageable. To get to that point, some people benefit from…

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3 Ways Isolation Can Impact Mental Health

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 19, 2021 Updated: April 8, 2021 Most people thrive when around others. That increases a person’s ability to interact, share thoughts, and express feelings. It also helps make life a bit more enjoyable. When isolation happens, especially during conditions like a pandemic, that becomes very hard…

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Getting Help For Addiction And Mental Health

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 12, 2021 Updated: April 8, 2021 Dual diagnosis occurs when a mental health disorder and addiction are present. One may cause the other. To improve addiction recovery, mental health disorders need treatment as well and at the same time. This type of treatment program can help…

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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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Beating The Winter Blues

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 5, 2021 Updated: April 8, 2021 The dark skies, fewer things to do, and the holidays’ passing can make the winter blues a big part of daily life for some people. Seasonal affective disorder is a condition that impacts the quality of life and mental well-being…

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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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5 Signs of Seasonal Depression

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 13, 2020 Updated: February 18, 2021 If you experience unexplained sadness every year, particularly during winter and fall, you could be struggling with a mental health condition. Seasonal depression, also known as a seasonal affective disorder or SAD, happens every year around the same time when…