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What Makes a Luxury Rehab Different?

Substance use, mental health issues, and co-occurring disorders affect millions of Americans from all walks of life. For those who choose to seek help, remaining in treatment long enough to address your needs fully will ensure that treatment is effective. Having an environment that is comfortable or familiar will help you be more relaxed, enabling…

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7 of the Most Common Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues are rising in the United States. Specifically, anxiety and depression rates are steadily rising across the country. These conditions are especially prevalent in young people, a major change over the last two decades. Dangers that arise with mental health issues are the unsafe coping mechanisms, such as using drugs or alcohol to…

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What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term you often hear when looking into drug and alcohol addiction treatment. It’s an important concept to understand, too, because many of those who need treatment for addiction have a co-occurring mental health disorder. If you don’t treat both conditions at once, the addiction treatment may be less effective. However, a…

a man embarks on adventure therapy for addiction

3 Benefits of Adventure Therapy for Addiction

Traditional psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is an integral part of the treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. However, a successful treatment program should be comprehensive, utilizing other approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and experiential therapies, to name a few. An integrated approach to treatment is essential to ensure that programs are flexible enough to be…

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Addiction and Mental Health: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Professionals have known for years that there is a strong connection between addiction and mental health, as it is common for them to occur together (often referred to as comorbidity). For those struggling with addiction, mental health issues, or both, it can be helpful to know why this connection exists. Mental health treatment programs are…

a woman enjoys music therapy for addiction

How Music Can Help Addiction

Mentions of music being used as a tool for healing can be found throughout the history of humankind. In more recent years, music therapy has become widely regarded as an effective treatment for numerous mental health issues. It has shown to be a powerful therapy for people in recovery. A musical therapist uses clinical, evidence-based…

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8 Movies About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects around 2.8 percent of the adult population in the United States. This mental health issue can be treated through therapy and medication, and if you or a loved one is struggling, it’s important to reach out for help. At Westwind Recovery®, we offer dual diagnosis treatment to help…

a person practices art therapy for addiction

What Is Art Therapy?

Throughout history, art has been used in communication, conflict resolution, self-expression, and healing. “Art therapy” was coined as a term in the 1940s, when pioneers in the field of psychology discovered the benefits of using art in therapy with children and families. Since then, art therapy has been successfully used throughout a wide array of…