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How Trauma Can Fuel Addictive Behavior

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: July 7, 2021 Updated: July 27, 2021 Addiction is a complex issue, and no two people have the same journey through it. Many biological and environmental factors contribute to the development of addiction. Research suggests that trauma is closely linked…

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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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Signs You Need Drug Addiction Treatment

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Colin Moore Colin Moore read more Published: June 5, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 With the drug addiction epidemic sweeping across the United States, many people find themselves in the middle of a seemingly hopeless situation. Therefore, increasing the crisis. If you are struggling with substance abuse,…

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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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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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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…