The Antidote to Depression

by Thaddeus Camlin, Psy.D. Depression and substance use often co-exist.  Substance use is a common method of coping with depression.  Thus, abruptly stopping the use of substances can result in the intensification of underlying depression.  It is important to have


Rethinking Responsibility in Recovery

by Thaddeus Camlin, Psy.D. Many lively debates arise in discussions on the relationship between freedom and responsibility. Many individuals think that with increased responsibility comes decreased freedom. Challenging this notion can be a pivotal turning point in recovery from problematic

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Men and the Stigma of Addiction

Have you noticed the stigma that exists when it comes to men and addiction? It is no secret that the stigma of males in relation to addiction exists in our society today. While it’s widely understood that this is a

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Women and the Stigma of Addiction

Are women stigmatized by addiction? When we think about the person who works a full time job, travels, enjoys a beer with sports, or finishes a long day in the office by going out to dinner and cocktails with a

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Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction Stigmatization in our society is largely connected to the behaviors and concepts of our society, in part by the people that make up our community.  Many of us who struggle with addiction of any sort


Recognizing and Changing Self-Defeating Behavior

Changing self-defeating behavior plays a major role in recovery and improved mental health. In life we find there are unavoidable difficulties we are bound grapple with.  It is absolutely normal to find yourself challenged in difficult situations, even making less-than-stellar

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A Look at Irrational Beliefs

Irrational beliefs are those that are untrue, don’t make sense, or are harmful to us. Here are 4 common beliefs and some suggestions that might help you challenge them.

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Being Grateful for the Little Things

We’ve all had them – those moments of not feeling like we have enough. For some of us, it’s an incessant drive to always have more – to keep up with the neighbors or our friends and make more money, have the best car, acquire the most

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Recognizing Your “Using and…” Connections

Whether it’s drinking again, using drugs or overeating, people often slip and return to their old ways when they have stressful or emotional situations going on in their lives.


Recovery: Separating Using from the Stuff of Life

Long-term recovery incvolves much more than giving up your drug(s) of choice. Here are 6 tips to help you cope with life’s ups and downs without turning to drugs.