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Recognizing Depression in Women

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 30, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Life comes with many challenges, so feeling down sometimes is not out of the norm. However, when your feeling of melancholy, desperateness, despair, and emptiness persists for two weeks or more, they are likely signs of depression. Depression is a…

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Making Sense of Sobriety

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 28, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 What is sobriety? According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the definition of sobriety is simply not being intoxicated. Furthermore, the manual explains that sobriety is more about the absence of drinking problems, not about abstinence.…

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Getting the Most from Addiction Counseling

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 26, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 More than 10% of people in the United States deal with a substance abuse disorder each year. Addiction and substance abuse disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, background, or education. The cause of addiction is unknown, which means…

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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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Understanding PTSD

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 23, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 After going through a distressing event, people may have difficulty coping with their feelings about what happened. Usually, after some time and self-care, people feel better and can leave the past event. Sometimes, the traumatic event’s effects linger for months…

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3 Benefits of Women-Only Rehab Programs

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 19, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 The most important part of choosing a rehab program is finding one that is supportive of your unique needs. Seeking treatment requires vulnerability. To be open and honest, you have to feel comfortable and safe in your surroundings. To get…

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Aftercare Options for Addiction Recovery

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 18, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Every year, about 2.5 million Americans seek help for substance abuse and addiction. Addiction is a complicated issue that requires individualized treatment. Many issues contribute to someone’s addiction, and everyone has different roles in the community to consider as they…

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Commonly Abuse Prescription Painkillers

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 12, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Many people receive prescription pain relievers at some point in their life. When used as directed under the supervision of medical professionals, most pain relievers are effective and safe. However, many prescription painkillers can be abused for recreational purposes. They…

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3 Advantages of Men’s Only Rehab Programs

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 5, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Men’s only rehab programs offer care specifically tailored to men struggling with addiction or substance abuse. While all rehab programs aim to help people overcome addiction, gender-specific treatment programs are different in approaching addiction treatment. Men and women face different…

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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…