Destigmatizing the Stigma of Addiction

For years, the topic of mental illness has been stigmatized and considered taboo. Even today, certain stereotypes and inaccurate representations of mental illness exist. However, in recent years, there have been significant efforts to normalize mental illness and co-occurring addiction. As the public health crisis of addiction and overdoses continues to rise, destigmatizing mental illness…

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Creating a Positive Environment During Recovery

Just as a person’s childhood environment can affect the potential for future developed dependency on addictive substances or behaviors, a person’s environment can influence their treatment process and chances of maintaining recovery. In many cases, someone’s environment allows for easier access to drugs, alcohol, or social situations that may trigger a relapse. For example, a…

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Social Media — Harmful or Helpful?

As social media has advanced over the past few decades, more and more research has been conducted surrounding its usefulness and role regarding engagement with friends, family, and now even coworkers. This research has been especially relevant in the past year, as social media and technology, in general, have been tools used to integrate a virtual…

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The Importance of Relapse Prevention Programs

In many cases, those in recovery will relapse at some point. Thus, the incorporation of relapse prevention programs into a treatment regimen is essential. The common occurrence of relapse has even been acknowledged by professionals as part of recovery, hence why it’s important to know what to do if relapse occurs and how to prevent it.…

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Starting Your Path to Recovery

Recovery often looks very different from one person to the next. Some programs use the 12-steps, some are spiritually focused, and others may have strict and rigid rules for treatment and recovery. At Lakehouse Recovery Center, we believe in empowering our patients to take control over their recovery. If that means focusing on the 12-steps, that’s…

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High-Stress Careers and Drinking on the Job

Dealing with the struggles of a high-stress career is something many people experience at some point in their lives. Some individuals can deal with these emotions by venting to friends or co-workers, recreational activities, or kicking back on a Friday night with some friends to de-stress from the workweek. So, how does someone who has…

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Do Genetics Influence the Occurrence of a Substance Use Disorder?

Substance use disorder (SUD) and various co-occurring mental illnesses are often caused by genetic and biological factors, environmental circumstances, and traumatic life events. In most cases, genes and environmental factors interact, increasing the chances that someone might develop SUD. Research has been conducted examining the prevalence of SUD among family members, along with potential genetic and environmental…

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Mental Health Crisis During COVID-19

COVID-19 has had numerous effects on individuals and communities throughout the world over the past year. People have lost loved ones, experienced financial burdens, and have generally been living in fear of either falling ill themselves or of loved ones getting sick. Have we discussed enough, though, how this global pandemic has been affecting mental…

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Should You Consider Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

Substance abuse intensive outpatient programs, or IOPs, are designed specifically for people with substance use disorder or co-occurring mental disorders. Additionally, candidates must not meet “diagnostic criteria” for inpatient substance abuse treatment or have been discharged from 24-hour care in an inpatient treatment facility. IOPs offer a different approach to treatment than typical inpatient programs. Their…

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Maintaining Nutrition During Recovery

Most of us have heard from doctors, gym teachers, or Instagram fitness enthusiasts the importance of healthy eating and exercise. While one workout routine or eating plan won’t work for everyone, an exercise regiment and nutrition plan can have several positive physical and mental benefits. At Lakehouse Recovery, one of our curriculum topics includes mindful eating.…

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