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What Is Psychotherapy?

What is psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy that has proven helpful in treating mental health issues. Also, it’s an important part of many addiction treatment programs. Through the use of psychotherapy, clients learn to recognize and to redirect negative or magical thinking patterns. Thus, they may experience reality in a positive and…

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Types of Mental Illness: What You Should Know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in five people in this country has a diagnosed mental illness. The exact cause of different types off mental illness remains unclear, but there appear to be both biological and environmental factors involved. To better understand how to treat these conditions, you should know more…

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How to Practice Patience

Someone once said patience is a virtue. When it comes to dealing with others or even practicing self-compassion, being patient is a big part of the process. The alternative to patience is anger or frustration, both of which increase anxiety levels and might make it harder to feel good and make positive choices. How to…

What You Should Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Westwind Recovery®

What You Should Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also fittingly referred to as the acronym SAD, is a type of depression that occurs with the seasons. In fact, its onset and conclusion can easily be matched up with the same seasons every year. Those who suffer from SAD know when to expect it and how long it will last. While…

Sobriety, the Gift That Keeps Giving | Westwind Recovery®

Sobriety, the Gift That Keeps Giving

Sobriety doesn’t happen overnight – though you probably already know this. It is a process – and a lifelong one, at that. While it may be a bit of a struggle at first, you will slowly move from the deepest, darkest places of struggle in your life to the discovery that a whole new life…

Achieving Mental Wellness Is Fundamental to Maintaining Sobriety | Westwind Recovery®

Achieving Mental Wellness Is Fundamental to Maintaining Sobriety

Sobriety itself can help you with your mental well-being. It is an opportunity for your body to begin healing and regaining its natural processes – without the use of drugs or alcohol. In turn, it balances out the chemicals in your brain – making your mental function less foggy. Unfortunately, handling the mental aspect of…

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Addiction

Life can get rough sometimes. It can be even more rough for someone dealing with an anxiety disorder. Simple tasks such as social engagements, fulfilling job functions, taking tests in school, driving, or even leaving the house can cause immense fear. Although it may seem irrational to many, it is very rational to the person…

How Your Mindset Affects Your Recovery

Have you ever given any thought to how your mindset can affect your recovery? Are you aware of just how powerful your attitude can be? It’s time you figure that out! Your mindset can set you up for success or it can lead you to failure and defeat. It is how you view the world…