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Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC​

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Addiction Recovery

Choosing the Right Addiction Therapist After Rehab

Once you’ve completed addiction treatment and have left rehab, it’s important to continue seeking emotional support and guidance. Addiction therapists can help you navigate the challenges of adjusting back to daily life after recovery at an inpatient treatment center and provide valuable tools to continue to treat addiction and prevent relapsing.

mental health and addiction issues
Addiction Recovery

Mental Health and Addiction: The Road to Recovery

Millions of people around the world suffer from mental illness and addiction. This is a complex and difficult situation to deal with, not just for the individual struggling with addiction and a mental health disorder but also for their loved ones.

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Addiction Treatment

What is Outpatient Treatment for Substance Abuse?

Outpatient treatment for alcohol or drug abuse is a type of addiction treatment that allows individuals to attend therapy sessions and receive support while still living at home. This treatment is often used for individuals who do not require intensive medical care or supervision.

LGBTQ Addiction Treatment
Drug Addiction

LGBTQ Addiction Treatment: The Correlation Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community

Mental health and substance abuse are two major concerns within the LGBTQ+ community. These issues can significantly impact the well-being and quality of life of individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. While mental health and substance abuse may affect anyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, members of the LGBTQ+ population often face unique challenges that can increase their risk for these problems.

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Substance Abuse
Addiction Recovery

Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Substance Abuse

The winter season can be a challenging time for many people. The shorter days, colder temperatures, and lack of sunlight can all contribute to feelings of sadness, fatigue, and even hopelessness. For some individuals, these feelings may be more severe and could lead to seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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Addiction Recovery

Sober Vacation: Tips for Alcohol-Free Fun

It’s no secret that alcohol is a central part of many vacations. Whether it’s sipping cocktails on a sunny beach or partying at a club until the early hours, substance use often plays a significant role in our holiday plans. However, for most people who are sober or choose not to drink, this aspect of vacationing can be challenging and even isolating.

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Mental Health

Rehab and Mental Health: Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, refer to the presence of two or more mental health conditions in an individual. This could include drug or alcohol addiction and mental illness such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.

Changing the Stigma of Drug Addiction
Drug Addiction

Changing the Stigma of Drug Addiction

Substance use disorders are often misunderstood and stigmatized. Previously, alcohol or drug addiction was seen as a moral failing or lack of willpower. These negative attitudes surrounding addiction to alcohol and illicit drugs could make it difficult to find help for addiction. Punitive attitudes and drug policy issues could also make it hard to seek help.

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Addiction Treatment

The Benefits of Joining a Support Group for Substance Abuse

Substance recovery support groups offer a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals struggling with addiction to receive emotional support and share their experiences. This community is crucial in reducing isolation and fostering a sense of belonging among participants. Connecting with others who have faced similar struggles with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders can be comforting.

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Alcohol Relapse Warning Signs

For many people recovering from alcohol abuse, the idea of relapsing can be frightening. Alcohol relapse occurs when someone with an alcohol or drug dependence begins unhealthy drinking patterns after they have been in recovery from substance use. There are factors that contribute to the chance of relapsing, including stress, emotional turmoil, and being around environments or situations where alcohol use was once prominent.

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Addiction Recovery

Women And Addiction: Unique Challenges in Treatment

Women face various factors that can contribute to substance use disorder and make recovery more challenging. Hormonal fluctuations, societal pressures, trauma, and self-esteem issues are some examples of what women may encounter on their journey from substance use disorder treatment to recovery.