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5 Alternative Therapy Strategies for Addiction

Addiction is a complex condition. It affects the whole person and often infiltrates every area of their life. Substance use issues can interfere with the ability to live, work, and play. Left untreated, it claims thousands of lives, breaks up families, and steals joy away from people who would otherwise be giving so much back…

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Importance of Mental Health Awareness Month

May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States since 1949. It was created to educate the public about the wide-reaching impacts of mental illness and reduce its stigma. Organizations work to advocate for policies that support people suffering from mental health issues and their families. At Westwind Recovery®, we know…

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9 Tips for Building Self Esteem During Recovery

In recovery, many people have a wide range of feelings about the past, including guilt, shame, remorse, self-judgment, worry, and even fear. Depending on your experiences, you might struggle with self-confidence and self-esteem. In fact, commonly, substance use helps to mask those feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. But without the use of substances, those feelings…

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How to Confront Your Addiction Diagnosis

When dealing with an addiction, the struggling individual might be the last person to admit that they have a problem. Often, their family and friends will express concern first and might even stage an intervention. While family members or friends may not be physicians or licensed mental health professionals, the concerned party will usually cite…

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Do You Need Residential Mental Health Treatment in Los Angeles?

Mental health disorders are common and can range from mild to severe. There is a strong link between mental health disorders and substance use disorders, but it cannot be definitively stated that one causes the other. In fact, the two often have a cyclical relationship that is difficult to break without the proper treatment of…

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How Celebrating Stress Awareness Month Can Benefit Your Mental Health

April has been observed as Stress Awareness Month since 1992. This nationwide, collaborative effort aims to increase public awareness about the causes and effects of stress, which is considered by most in the healthcare field to be an epidemic in the United States. Stress is generally defined as any factor that causes physical, emotional, or…

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March Is Self-Harm Awareness Month

Throughout the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, March is recognized as Self-Harm Awareness Month, which calls attention to the nearly two million self-injury cases that occur each year. Much like addiction, self-harm occurs across all ages, races, religions, and socioeconomic and education levels. There is a strong connection between self-harm and substance addiction. At…

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Sex and Love Addiction

If unhealthy relationships or attachments have caused damage in your life, our sex and love addiction treatment programs could help. Our clinical staff, including our Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Jessica Steinman, can help you on your journey to lasting recovery. What Is Love Addiction? Love addiction, for many, has to do with seeking out the…

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Transgender Health and Wellness

At Westwind Recovery®, we’re proud to offer addiction and mental health treatment programs that are not just LGBTQ-friendly but that are designed with the specific needs of our LGBTQ clients in mind. We have created a welcoming, affirming environment where transgender individuals can work through addiction and mental health issues and embrace wellness. Helping our…