Mental Health

Overcoming Substance Use Disorders and Common Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

Often, individuals experience substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental illness simultaneously. Almost half of the individuals with either mental illness or substance abuse also have the other. Some of the most prevalent mental health conditions that co-occur with SUDs include anxiety disorders such as panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mood disorders such …

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The Mental Health Benefits of Finding Your Creative Side

We all used to do art projects in school, and maybe you decided pretty quickly that art was not your strong suit. Perhaps you never really got beyond drawing stick figures. Maybe you don’t feel comfortable stringing two sentences together, and you know you aren’t brave enough to try sculpting or painting. But no matter …

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Mental Wellness and Addiction Recovery: 10 Ways To Be Mentally Well This Winter

When you’re mentally well, you’re less likely to feel the urge to use drugs or alcohol and more likely to embrace life sober. Like your physical health, mental health should be cared for which generally requires intentional focus, work and nurturing. Below, explore ideas for ways to stay mentally well this winter.  1- Create a …

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The Dangerous Relationship Between Stress and Addiction

Stress and addiction are intricately intertwined. Often, individuals engage in substance abuse as a means of coping with stress, which ends up creating more stress in their lives.  Here are four ways stress and addiction are related: 1 – Stress makes the brain vulnerable to addiction. Individuals with more stress in their lives may face …

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4 Freedoms to Cherish

This month, between the cookouts and the fireworks, you may also spend some time thinking about the reasons behind Independence Day and why we celebrate it – it is a celebration of freedom. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t “free” – we are trapped in unhealthy environments, blocked by mistakes of the past, or even tortured …

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Clinical Conversations: Helping clients and colleagues cope with COVID-19 anxiety

Wasatch Crest’s Clinical Director, Rich McDonald, CMHC, discusses ways to help colleagues and clients cope with the pandemic’s mental health effects. Watch his full presentation below. Dealing With Collective Trauma The pandemic has resulted in collective trauma for all of us. When a large group of people suffers from massive trauma, there is a shared …

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