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Mental Health

On this page you will find a listing of all Willingway blog articles in the mental health category.

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Men and women are equal, but different. Women have three unique challenges when living with a substance use disorder (SUD). The female body metabolizes drugs and alcohol more quickly and often at higher rates than the male body because of physiological differences. Approximately one in three women experience some form of physical, emotional, or sexual...
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happy woman eating alone - lonely
There’s a difference between being alone and feeling lonely. Some people have no problem with their own company. In fact, psychiatrist Abigail Brenner points out that being alone often has numerous benefits, and considers it to be a foundational practice for positive development and growth—which are essential qualities to acquire for long-lasting sobriety. In an...
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woman watching video on laptop - motivation
When we see other people accomplish great things, it’s inspiring. Motivation presents in many forms. It’s the reason why someone chooses to act in a particular way. Behavioral scientists believe there are two forms of motivation: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation is an external factor or set of factors that contribute to an individual’s actions....
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couple with young child at therapy session
The impact of substance abuse disorder (SUD) on families is well-documented. For example, in 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the following statistics: From 2009–2014, 8.7 million children under age 17 lived with at least one parent with SUD—that’s one in eight children in the U.S. Approximately one in 10...
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When we’re at our worst, it’s nearly impossible to believe we have something to be grateful for, but experts say that’s when the practice is most powerful. Gratitude is studied continuously by scientists and spiritualists alike to determine its impact. Each one of us has the capability to not only understand its power, but also...
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Have you ever heard of laughter therapy? Also called humor therapy, laughter meditation, or laughter yoga, laughter therapy is a way to relieve stress, boost your immune system, and change your perspective. And even though the mere mention of it sounds like the set-up of a joke, there continues to be valid research supporting the...
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military man in office looking at laptop
Our men and women of the armed forces often deal with numerous issues that many other professionals can’t comprehend. They may turn to substances as a coping mechanism. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), military personnel who experience combat exposure, frequent deployments, and injuries related to service have the greatest risk of...
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Understanding-How-SAD-May-Affect-Your-Mood - woman using light therapy lamp
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) often has many consequences for people during the dark and cold days of winter. For a long time, medical professionals didn’t think that SAD really affected anyone; and that people who complained of feeling blue, lethargic, and generally uninterested in life during certain times of the year didn’t have a problem....
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The-Familys-Role-in-Recovery - family puzzle
Addiction recovery success is often reinforced by an individual’s support network. For many people, the foundation of that network is family. Make no mistake: one person with a substance abuse problem affects the entire family. It’s a disease without boundaries. In order for true healing to happen, all members should go through some form of...
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Entering-Treatment-During-the-Holidays - man in santa hat with pills
Let’s be honest: if you need substance abuse treatment, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is. It’s always going to be a challenging, life-changing decision. During the holidays, we often associate an idyllic greeting card experience with resolving all of our problems. We extend a lot of “if onlys” wishes upon the wonder...
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