What Causes PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder develops in response to unhealed traumatic experiences that a person is unable to process. Without the ability to process such experiences, there can be no healing. With no healing, there’s a possibility for emotional pain. Humans are resilient creatures and develop defense mechanisms in order to escape or alleviate the pain associated…

What Is an Addictive Personality

What Is an Addictive Personality?

Everyone has hobbies that bring them joy, but how do you know if your love of something is interfering with the rest of your life? It’s important to know because you could be experiencing signs of an addictive personality. People can easily lose themselves without realizing it in shopping, food, video games, manipulating people, gambling,…

The Difference Between ADD vs. ADHD

The Difference Between ADD Vs ADHD

The terms attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often used interchangeably by people who aren’t clinicians. However, there are some important differences between ADD vs. ADHD. It is important to understand the distinctions if a family member is being treated for either of these conditions. The most reason to distinguish…

Eating Disorder Counseling

Eating Disorder Counseling

It’s not uncommon for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to also have a mental health disorder. It could be depression, PTSD, anxiety, or an eating disorder. Treatment becomes more complicated because both issues must be addressed in order to encourage healing. If you’re dealing with anorexia or bulimia in addition to substance use,…

Overcoming Binge Eating

Overcoming Binge Eating

Binge eating disorder is America’s most common eating disorder, with even more people suffering the condition than anorexia or bulimia. This mental health problem occurs through frequent eating of excessive amounts of food even when you feel no hunger. In fact, the condition manifests to divert your attention from bigger problems in your life. You…

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

  Addiction can refer to physical or mental dependence on an activity that hampers a healthy lifestyle. When you have a physical addiction to a substance, chemical changes in your body make you feel like you need the drug. Psychological addiction can cause you to turn to drugs in response to environmental cues or stress.…

Art Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Art Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Complementary or holistic rehab programs in Oregon are becoming more popular. They are seen as effective treatments for addiction, particularly when combined with other treatments. Art therapy for addiction treatment is often combined with the 12-step program. These two complement each other and allow you to heal in different ways while you are in recovery. What Is Art…

What Is Behavioral Therapy

What Is Behavioral Therapy?

Behavioral therapy involves a broad range of therapeutic techniques used to change maladaptive behaviors and promote growth. Behavioral therapy encourages the client to develop healthier, more effective patterns of behavior. The goal of behavior therapy is to help a person align their behavior with their goals and eliminate unwanted behaviors. Behavioral therapy is rooted in…