How Alcohol Antagonizes Bipolar Disorder

There is a prevalent link between substance abuse and mental illness, and it is one that can be started from either end of the spectrum. Sometimes, the risks of developing certain types of mental illnesses can be spurted on through substance abuse, but types of mental disorders can also lead people to engage in substance […]

How Trauma Can Fuel Addiction

Most people have an idea that substance abuse is hurting them. Pretty much every addict understands the danger of the situation, and none of them really ever desired to become an addict. The key to addiction is that you feel like you are in control of it…until you’re not. For many people, the initial desire […]

Skills for Coping with Hypomania and Mania

Individuals who suffer from bipolar 1 disorder and bipolar 2 disorder are at risk of having high-energy episodes of mania or hypomania. Mania occurs when you have an intense feeling of energy that heightens your mental and physical senses. Hypomania is a similar experience, but tends to be less extreme and occurs more frequently in […]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Dual Diagnosis

A disproportionately high percentage of people who suffer from addiction also suffer from a co-occurring mental health disorder. Fighting the battle of addiction recovery can be trying and challenging in the most ideal of circumstances, but the struggles are certainly heightened when a mental illness is involved. For these individuals, treatment needs to be addressed […]

Skills to Cope with Dual Diagnosis

Fighting addiction is certainly a trying and challenging experience. Since addiction has the power to warp your brain’s reward processes, it forces you into thinking that you need to engage in your addiction to achieve happiness. However, what is especially difficult about addiction is that a disproportionately high number of addicts struggle with a co-occurring […]

How Bipolar Disorder Enables Sex Addiction

As the rates of a multitude of different addictions, including drugs, alcohol, sex, and gambling, continue to climb in the United States, and around the entire world, it is worth examining the root cause of several of these addictions. In many cases, there is a co-occurring mental health disorder that creates the conditions for these […]

How Heroin and Depression Are Connected

Depression, by its very nature, can set up a volatile situation and mindset from which substance abuse can arise from. However, depression can also stem from the abuse of a number of different substances. None of these more so than heroin, which, by its very nature, actively works to disrupt the way that your brain […]

A More Hopeful View on Addiction

In our last post, we introduced a new perspective on addiction. In Maia Szalavitz’s new book, Unbroken Brain, she argues that addiction is neither a chronic disease like Alzheimer’s nor a sin or transgression like grand theft auto. Rather, it’s a learning disability, closer to ADHD. What’s interesting about this perspective is that it allows […]

The Importance of Dual Diagnosis in Addiction Recovery

You’ve probably heard the phrase “dual diagnosis” in the world of addiction recovery, and you may have noticed that we at A Mission for Michael are different in that we put dual diagnosis at the very center of how we approach treatment for addiction. We offer treatment for co-occurring disorders because we believe that substance […]