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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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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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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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Preventing-Relapse-During-the-Holidays - brunette woman on sofa by fire
At any time, someone may become so overwhelmed by certain emotions they revert to unhealthy habits. For someone previously addicted to drugs or alcohol, this tendency isn’t greater or worse—just different. Resiliency has a lot to do with how we react to negative circumstances. The definition of resilience is “the capacity to recover quickly from...
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Setting-Boundaries-with-an-Addicted-Loved-One - man doing timeout hand signal
It’s heartbreaking to stand by as someone you love struggles with addiction. It’s devastating to know there’s only so much you can do. Right now, it’s important to understand you have the right to take care of yourself first. Just as you’re advised to do when flying: apply your oxygen mask before assisting others with...
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Why-Can't-I-Use-Electronics-in-Rehab - illustration man and woman on phones social media
Our fast-paced, immediately-accessible lifestyles can present easy distraction from the things that matter most. For this reason, Willingway doesn’t allow personal electronic devices (PEDs), such as cell phones, laptops, or smart watches, during inpatient rehabilitation. On your initial journey to sobriety, you’ll experience a number of mental, emotional, and physical changes necessary to break the...
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Handling-Insomnia-While-in-Recovery - tired woman in bed upset
If you’re experiencing sleeplessness after substance abuse treatment, you’re not alone. Many Americans have sleep deficits. Unfortunately, because you’re in recovery, you have a greater chance of suffering from insomnia than most people, at least temporarily. Sleep deprivation can be serious, so it’s important to develop a bedtime ritual, adapt good sleep hygiene, and embrace...
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