alcoholism and loneliness

Alcoholism and Loneliness

Alcohol addiction affects more than 14 million adults worldwide. We know that addiction is a medical condition that often requires both medical and psychological intervention. We also know that it can be the result of attempting to cope with a mental health condition like depression, bipolar, anxiety, or schizoaffective disorder. Many people who are dealing…

functioning depression

Addressing Functioning Depression

Some individuals who struggle with depression are able to function in their everyday lives for months or even years. Functional depression can be difficult to diagnose, especially when the coping mechanisms developed don’t appear to impact everyday functioning. At Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center, we find that many individuals struggling with depression turn to self-medication for…

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Support Groups After Psychiatric Care

Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are vastly complex. The problem with many sober living programs in Arizona is the lack of adequate mental healthcare. There is no simple way to know when symptoms will arise or how you will handle challenging situations.  Support groups are a good way to maintain…

Understanding Mood Disorders

Dual Diagnosis & Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are far more life inhibiting than temporary blueness. In fact, these types of mental health issues can impact every aspect of a person’s life, even increasing the chances of addiction. For recovery from these problems and their complications, dual diagnosis programs may be best for a treatment option that addresses addiction and disorders…

ptsd and addiction

How PTSD Can Affect Addiction 

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can have a serious impact on a person’s life. People with PTSD may have experienced indescribable atrocities and only feel relief when they use drugs or alcohol. Finding the right combination of medications can truly give people their lives back. PTSD often leads to people feeling like they’re disconnected from…

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Knowing the Signs of Trauma Can Help You Recover Faster

The Oxford Dictionary defines trauma as a “deeply distressing or disturbing experience.” Typically, this includes the inability to cope because the trauma is so overwhelming, which leads to the need for support by means of counseling or other professional trauma help. Trauma is different for everyone that experiences it, and everyone has likely experienced at…

a woman feeling stressed after experiencing signs of bipolar disorder

Signs of Bipolar Disorder Every Loved One Should Recognize

As the “bi” in bipolar suggests, bipolar disorder manifests itself in two extremes–mania and depression. It’s these seemingly unrelated symptoms, and the fact that they can last for months, that may make bipolar hard to spot. So to understand the signs of bipolar disorder, you’ll need to understand the signs of each of these seemingly…