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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…

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Can an Obsession Lead to An Addiction?

An obsession is different than an addiction. An obsession is an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind. However, an addiction is an illness that affects the brain, causing a person to engage in compulsory substance use or addictive behaviors, such as gambling.

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Best Nutrients for Addiction Recovery

Individuals with substance use disorders can neglect their diet while in the throes of their addiction. That means they may have various nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to problems with digestion. Improving your diet while in addiction recovery with food that contains a variety of nutrients can help you heal more effectively. How Does Addiction…

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Addiction and the Brain

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, you know firsthand that taking your life back from substance abuse is challenging. You might experience cravings or withdrawal symptoms, or you might have gotten sober before but relapsed. Why is addiction so difficult to conquer? The neuroscience of addiction and its effect on the…