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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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What is Seasonal Depression?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 19, 2020 Updated: January 15, 2021 As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change, some people experience a change in their emotions. It’s a condition called seasonal affective disorder, or seasonal depression, and typically starts in the fall and lasts through the winter. During…

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How to Celebrate World Mental Health Day

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 5, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 Many people continue to suffer from a mental health disorder. Yet, most societies across the US and the world continue to neglect issues surrounding mental health. The number of people who can access mental health treatment services is still low.…

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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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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…

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The Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: July 19, 2020 Updated: July 17, 2020 According to a report by the National Institute of Health (NIH), at least a third of teenagers who have been neglected or abused may develop a substance abuse disorder before they reach 18 years. Childhood trauma and addiction can cause…