By Patti Richards The struggle with drug and alcohol addiction is more than just an intense desire for a substance. People who are addicted develop a physical dependence on their drug of choice. No matter the consequences, they need it to feel normal and function. For some people, that means starting the day without a…

By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP As many as one in five American adults deal with a mental illness each year.1 If not you, then someone you know has probably faced some type of mental health concern. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a diagnosis that has been largely misunderstood and can be especially difficult for both…

Guest post by Ben Kaneaiakala, Founder and CEO, Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare Services You know what happens when you eat undercooked chicken or pork, right? Most likely you will end up with serious gastrointestinal distress because the meat was not thoroughly cooked. Half-baked chicken is a good analogy when considering addiction treatment without planning for…

The most complex organ in your body weighs in at a mere three pounds, but it is responsible for the most complex functions in your body. We use the brain to explore our world, make judgments, understand and reason. Sometimes we overload our most valued organs with opiates such as tramadol in order to produce…

On This Page: What Is Trauma? What Is PTSD? Rebuilding Trust Treatment Getting Help One of the most complex human emotions is trust. Trust is the strong belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. Trauma can disrupt the emotion of trust, and this can have a lasting impact on a…

On This Page: Personal Consequences Interpersonal Consequences Codependency Development Emotional Complications Codependency Consequences Who Becomes Codependent? Interventions Healing You care about your friend, your family member, your child or your romantic partner. You want to be there for them through good and bad. You want to make things better and easier for everyone. However when…