Treatment Options for States with Opioid Addiction Issues

Opioids are a specific class of drugs that are known to have neurological and pain reduction properties. When prescribed and used properly, these drugs can have significant, positive impacts in terms of pain reduction. Unfortunately, they can also be extremely addictive, and this makes them a common substance for abuse. Furthermore, opioid abuse can often contribute to an individual eventually turning to illegal and highly dangerous drugs like heroin. Continue reading

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How to Maximize Your Counseling Sessions

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Many people come to therapy because they want to make a positive change in their life. However, they may be unsure about what to change or how to go about making the adjustment they have in mind. Coming to therapy means making a sacrifice in terms of your time, money, and emotional energy. So it is important that you make the most of your counseling sessions and put yourself in a position to achieve the therapeutic goals you set for yourself.  Continue reading

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How Counselors Can Improve the Therapeutic Relationship

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The therapeutic relationship, also called the therapeutic alliance, refers to how a therapist and a client connect, behave, and interact with each other in the therapy room. Today, many counselors view this bond as a key tool in helping clients make positive changes in their lives. Therefore, the ability to develop a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship is now considered an essential skill in the mental health field. Continue reading

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6 Benefits of Counseling for New College Students

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Going to college is a key moment in a person’s life. For many, it is symbolic of an individual’s personal growth from childhood to the relative maturity of young adulthood. However, going to college can be challenging for some people.  In this article, we will consider six ways counseling can help a student who is tense about entering college or university for the first time. Continue reading

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Investigating the Benefits of Kratom for Mental Health

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In recent years, an increasing number of medical researchers have been examining the therapeutic effects of kratom. Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant from Southeastern Asia that has been shown to have psychoactive properties. While many studies have focused on the fact that kratom may be used to reduce pain, some studies have suggested that kratom may be useful in the mental health field. A systematic review of studies from January 1960 to July 2017 found that kratom “enhances mood and relieves anxiety among many users.” Continue reading

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