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02/06/2024

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy often manage their symptoms by taking Adderall. A combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, this medication, which minimizes hyperactivity and impulse control, can also have effects similar to meth (...)

01/09/2024

While anyone can feel anxious from time to time, some people  experience chronic anxiety that negatively affects their livelihood. More than 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorder in the U.S. each year. This condition (...)

01/03/2024

Trauma and addiction are often diagnosed together, and understanding the connection between these two conditions can help you get the care needed to recover. Prompt treatment increases the chance of successful healing, so it’s worth (...)

12/30/2023

Addiction treatments are rapidly evolving, and exploring innovative approaches allows rehab experts to use cutting-edge techniques to support their patients during recovery. Neurotherapy for addiction is an exciting development that can help people with addictions (...)

12/26/2023

Xanax is a branded version of alprazolam, a benzodiazepine most commonly used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. American doctors wrote 16.78 million alprazolam prescriptions in 2020, though the drug’s addictive potential is significant. Xanax and (...)

12/20/2023

Depression and substance abuse are intricately linked issues that impact millions worldwide. Understanding this relationship, the factors that drive it, and the most effective treatments available is crucial for anyone struggling with these conditions, as (...)

12/19/2023

For many people who consume alcohol, the line between moderate drinking and alcoholism isn’t always a clear one. This post aims to empower readers with the knowledge they need to identify alcoholism symptoms in themselves (...)

Treating a person with multiple health conditions occurring at the same time is more complex than treating each condition separately. Co-occurring disorders treatment, especially programs that specialize in treating co-occurring mental health disorders, offer sufferers (...)

11/29/2023

Trauma can severely impact an individual’s mental health and well-being. The journey to healing can be challenging, making expert guidance and evidence-based therapeutic strategies crucial for successful recovery. This blog post explores the principles, benefits, (...)

11/29/2023

Drug use continues to rise in the United States, with an estimated 23.5 million Americans addicted to drugs or alcohol. This represents one out of every 10 Americans over the age of 12. It makes sense (...)

11/06/2023

If you or someone you know has a substance abuse disorder, identifying the signs of an overdose could be lifesaving. Drug overdoses from both illicit and prescription substances have risen drastically in recent years, with over 106,000 (...)

Overcoming substance use disorder (SUD) isn’t easy. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 46 million people experienced SUD in 2021. Anything from work demands to poor mental health can encourage substance use. To (...)

10/13/2023

Substance use disorder and addiction are serious conditions that can significantly impact a person’s life. But while they seem similar at first glance, these terms are not interchangeable. Distinguishing between each condition helps build awareness (...)

Beachway Therapy Center in Melbourne, Florida, specializes in helping people overcome their struggles with mental health and substance abuse. The facility is family-owned and uses evidence-based therapeutic interventions to help clients forge a path toward holistic (...)

10/11/2023

Anyone who’s experienced recurrent pregnancy loss understands the emotional trauma and feelings of helplessness that come with this. The overwhelming feelings of grief couples and individuals go through can be insurmountable but are completely normal (...)

09/28/2023

Adult children of alcoholics feel the effects of the abuse and neglect they experienced during their childhood years into adulthood. A child that grows up in an alcoholic home can experience trauma that causes them (...)

09/26/2023

Alcohol abuse is a worldwide concern. It poses significant health risks and has far-reaching consequences for society as well as for individuals and their families. It’s crucial to recognize the physical signs of alcohol abuse (...)

09/13/2023

Trauma is an experience that can have a profound and lasting impact on an individual’s life, affecting through its impact on the body. The concept of how the body remembers trauma refers to how traumatic (...)

Carrie Carlton, LCSW recently shared her thoughts about how Beachway Therapy Center helps clients with a history of trauma heal their old wounds and recover from addiction. She also explains why it’s so important for clients (...)

09/07/2023

Getting through pregnancy can be challenging for anyone, but it’s more difficult when simultaneously dealing with addiction. The fetal well-being and the mother’s health are threatened by substance abuse during pregnancy. Understanding the unique challenges (...)

08/09/2023

Can the brain really be rewired like an electrician rewires a home’s outdated electrical system? By removing old wiring and replacing it with state-of-the-art wiring, an electrician stops lights from blinking and dimming and circuit (...)

08/07/2023

While most births are uncomplicated, unforeseen complications sometimes arise. Some women experience significant trauma, either physically or mentally, during the birthing process and may experience symptoms typically associated with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. A (...)

“What if trauma is not just what happened to you, it’s what didn’t happen for you?” Trauma therapist Brandon Lutman poses this question during a recent interview. A program specialist at Beachway Therapy Center, Lutman (...)

06/21/2023

Trauma triggers seem to come out of nowhere. An individual can be in a good mood before a shout, loud noise, or scary image sends them spiraling into a flashback or full-blown panic attack. Suddenly, (...)

05/22/2023

Every day, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, police officers, and other first responders throw themselves into dangerous situations. Some witness death and violence or leave with life-threatening injuries. Even an ordinary day at work involves stress and (...)

05/09/2023

Any experience of sexual trauma can have life-altering consequences. It can cause deep distress, as well as psychological difficulties such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. While these are challenging to deal with, (...)

The American Psychological Association defines trauma as an emotional response to a life-altering event. Common sources of trauma, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, accidents, or the death of a loved one, can cause severe physical, (...)

05/03/2023

Casual substance use became an addiction that can destroy individuals’ lives. They want to stop, but whenever they detox at home, the cravings and withdrawals overwhelm them. They skip out on plans, miss work shifts, (...)

05/01/2023

Traumatic events can change the way an individual views the world and themselves. If someone isn’t sure how to process their trauma, they may use unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as drugs or alcohol to self-medicate (...)

04/24/2023

Childhood trauma can have a significant long-term impact on a person’s mental health and overall well-being. For some, personality disorders may develop as a result of trauma, causing issues with behavior and thoughts that deviate (...)

Coping with the constant stress of daily life is a challenge. When someone is faced with mental health issues, an addiction, relationship problems, or other common stressors on top of their everyday concerns, finding the (...)

04/14/2023

Many people wonder if complex trauma is considered a form of PTSD. Although it shares some similarities with PTSD in terms of symptoms and treatment, they are distinct conditions with unique features and impacts. In this article, we’ll (...)

04/04/2023

Trauma and memory loss can go hand in hand. A physical injury to the parts of the brain that affect information storage, such as the prefrontal cortex, can hamper how a person learns new information (...)

04/03/2023

Trauma impacts people differently, and there’s no straightforward path to recovery. However, experts in mental health have identified four primary trauma responses: fight, flight, freeze, and fawn.  Each response carries its unique set of symptoms (...)

03/20/2023

Venting to a friend or family member after a rough day at work is normal and can often make people feel better. Talking through negative situations is a healthy way to process emotions, but when (...)

03/16/2023

Recovering from an addiction to alcohol, known as alcohol use disorder (AUD) or alcoholism, is a lifelong journey that takes dedication from the individual and support from those around them. Overcoming any addiction is more (...)

03/13/2023

Abandonment trauma can occur when an individual has been neglected emotionally or physically, resulting in a persistent fear of being abandoned by people they’re close to. Significant abandonment issues can cause severe emotional pain and (...)

03/10/2023

Extreme stress can impact all areas of life. When stressful events undermine someone’s feelings of basic safety and security, a person can experience emotional trauma. The result is a feeling of helplessness, constant danger, unworthiness, (...)

03/06/2023

Childhood trauma stems from a traumatic event that takes place during childhood. However, the adverse effects of that event don’t disappear when the childs grow up — typically, they can linger well into adulthood. Identifying childhood (...)

03/03/2023

Trauma refers to a person’s emotional, mental, or behavioral state after experiencing an event that caused physical or psychological harm. To simplify, trauma is what’s left behind after someone experiences something distressing. Trauma doesn’t just (...)

03/01/2023

Trauma experienced during childhood or even as an adult can linger and may not end with the individual who experienced the trauma. Research has shown that these adverse experiences may pass from generation to generation, (...)

02/28/2023

A common concern of those going into drug rehab is how long it is. There’s no simple answer because recovery is personal, as unique as the individual experiencing it. Multiple factors can determine the time (...)

10/07/2022

Xanax is a medication that falls under a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. “Benzos” are generally prescribed as anti-anxiety drugs, muscle relaxants, and anticonvulsants to help people recover from certain types of muscle-related injuries. Because (...)

Heroin is an extremely addictive drug derived from morphine that can be injected, smoked, or snorted. Like opiate addiction, heroin addiction is highly serious and can have negative impacts on a person’s life — and (...)

09/26/2022

Alcoholism afflicts more than 14.5 million Americans, meaning they’ve developed a chemical dependency on alcohol. The first step in beating an alcohol addiction is detoxing from the substance, which means allowing all traces of alcohol (...)

09/13/2022

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimates that roughly 7.7 million Americans suffer from PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, which is the most familiar form of trauma. Similarly, depression is one of the most (...)

09/06/2022

Anxiety is a common mental health disorder that can seriously impact an individual’s ability to function in everyday life. To help themselves cope, people with an anxiety disorder often use drugs and alcohol — a dynamic that (...)

08/30/2022

Mental issues and substance abuse problems often go hand in hand. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 7.7 million American adults suffer from co-occurring mental health and addiction issues. The (...)

08/24/2022

Because substance abuse treatment success varies depending on a number of underlying causes, including the type of substance used and the presence of co-occurring disorders, you’ll want to find a treatment program that addresses your (...)

If you’re struggling with substance abuse and mental health concerns, you’re not alone. The Treatment Advocacy Center estimates that one in four people with a serious mental health problem also experience addiction. People with coexisting substance abuse (...)

08/11/2022

The relationship between depression and addiction can be a vicious cycle. This is because people with depression are more likely to abuse substances to self-medicate, while in turn substance abuse increases a person’s risk of (...)

08/11/2022

Trauma often leads to substance abuse and increases the likelihood of individuals using addictive substances. This is because trauma can often lead individuals to develop mental illnesses and disorders and then use substances to alleviate (...)

08/03/2022

Bipolar disorder sufferers are more likely to self-medicate and choose substance abuse, and when this occurs a dual diagnosis is likely. To recover from their addiction, the person will typically need effective treatment for both (...)

The answer is “yes.” Addiction can even make a person more likely to develop other mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Below, we’ll discuss why addiction is a mental illness, how it impacts (...)

Recovering from addiction can be difficult, and many people going through it may suffer from self-doubt and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Although an addiction treatment program with a personalized treatment plan (...)

08/01/2022

Admitting that you’re struggling with alcoholism can be a distressing experience. As an alcoholic, you may be dealing with feelings of shame and embarrassment and even suffering from co-occurring mental health issues, which can make (...)

08/01/2022

If a loved one is an alcoholic in denial about the fact of their disorder, it can present unique challenges to getting them help. Alcoholics will typically feel shame and other negative emotions as a (...)

Anxiety meds are used for the treatment and alleviation of anxiety. Many anxiety medications present no danger of addiction, but some medications can become habit-forming and addictive, with long-term use creating a difficult withdrawal experience. (...)

06/06/2022

When an individual experiences addiction, it often has a negative impact on their interpersonal relationships. As a result, a state of codependency can develop, with the addicted individual and their partner both relying on the (...)

06/06/2022

Occasional impulsive behavior is normal, but if it becomes regular or excessive it can signal deeper and untreated mental health issues. Impulsive behavior can take a number of forms, including promiscuity, actively searching for conflicts (...)

10/07/2021

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and Anxiety Disorders are commonly co-occurring disorders that can lead to serious health risks and concerns. When a person is struggling with the various symptoms of anxiety, alcohol is often used (...)

09/29/2021

One of the biggest challenges that people recovering from substance abuse face during recovery is the high risk of relapse and falling back into the same dangerous cycle they’re trying to get away from. Recovery (...)

09/14/2021

Depression is a serious mental disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 10 Americans. Unfortunately, clinical and severe depression often goes untreated, with less than 50 percent of depression sufferers world-wide receiving the care they (...)

09/01/2021

Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Narcissism and Addiction A narcissist is a person who struggles with an inflated or heightened sense of self. Someone who is considered to have narcissistic tendencies will often possess an (...)

08/24/2021

Roxycodone, also referred to by its street name “Roxy”, is a semi-synthetic opioid medication prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It has been classified as a Schedule II narcotic due to its (...)

08/17/2021

Addiction or abuse of drugs or alcohol can cause the brain to become reliant on the effects of that substance in the body. When that substance is no longer present, a person may experience significant (...)

How long is ‘long enough’? We understand that this question perhaps raises concerns and worries for some who are considering treatment. In our experience working with substance use disorder and mental health disorders, a long-term (...)

07/30/2021

Trauma or adverse life (or childhood) experiences can look like overt and/or covert methods – sometimes without the individual fully comprehending what has happened to them – but that they know something is ‘not quite right.’

Mental Health America (MHA) defines codependency as “an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship.” Codependency has also been described as an addiction to a person (...)

07/27/2021

Fun Sober Activities for You and Friends Making the decision to go sober can often feel like you’re stepping into a whole new world. When drugs or alcohol have been a part of your daily (...)

07/13/2021

Addiction is a family disease. We know that is a challenging statement for some to read. Allow us to explain how each person within the family system plays a role with addiction, and how this (...)

06/10/2021

According to the American Psychological Association, trauma is defined as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term (...)

06/04/2021

We often hear, “nothing changes if nothing changes.” Sometimes easier said than done in a system that is being held hostage by the disease of addiction. Addiction, unfortunately, is not a spectator sport. All members (...)

DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, has been an interesting treatment choice for individuals who suffer from addiction and mental health disorders. Marsha Linehan developed DBT primarily to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. However, using DBT to (...)

Beachway Therapy Center is committed to helping patients overcome mental health disorders through outstanding, innovative, and highly individualized care. We understand that co-occurring mental health disorders require specialized attention, and we’re proud to be a (...)