A recent study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry has shown that MoodGYM, an interactive mental health website, can reduce suicidal thoughts in young doctors. This study has added to the mounting evidence that online behavioral therapy can significantly improve a person’s mental health, at least in certain populations. The
The religious origin of mindfulness dates back thousands of years to Buddhist and Hindu teachings, but also to monotheistic religions as well. Today, “secular” mindfulness is being encouraged all across the Western world, on talk shows, in books and at the workplace as a relaxation technique.
People dealing with addiction may feel trapped even before they sign up for inpatient treatment. Substance abuse can rewire the brain so that the body craves the substance more. The cravings grow to a point in which the individual cannot function without the substance. When people attempt to go cold
A look back in history demonstrates that many misconceptions and beliefs regarding mental illness that were once considered acceptable have been changed, either by legislation, public opinion or a combination of both. Unfortunately, this does not mean that society as a whole does not still hold to some large misconceptions
In the U.K., Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) have successfully reduced the substance abuse relapse numbers. Families involved in the program have at least one parent with a substance abuse problem. The program has been in existence for seven years in London, two more have recently opened and the
The positive influence of domestic pets on people in recovery, including recovery from substance abuse, has been undeniable. Many people form strong, emotional bonds with their pets and for some, the relationship provides the strength and motivation to recover. There are many reasons why pet therapy is used in nursing
New York City’s Department of Health has confirmed that in 2013 there were more heroin overdose deaths than murders in the city. Approximately 420 people died from heroin overdoses while murders totaled 335 for the year. Precise numbers for 2014 were not yet available, but it was confirmed that once