alcohol addiction affects a man's mental health

How Alcohol Addiction Can Impact Your Mental Health

People with mental illness often have symptoms that are difficult to manage without supportive mental health care. Many people turn to substances, including alcohol, to help them cope with the uncomfortable symptoms of their mental illness. This is called “self-medication.” Addiction to substances is common in people with mental health issues because so many people…

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The Importance of Stress Management for Addiction Recovery

Financial issues, relationship problems, stress at work, healthcare issues—life can be full of stress that makes us want to run away and hide. When stressful situations arise, people often look for ways to escape them. We can cope with stress in a variety of ways. Some of the ways are healthy, adaptive, and effective. Other…

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Characteristics to Look for in a Mental Health Rehab Center

For most people, recovering from mental health issues requires commitment, work, and some vulnerability. Finding the right mental health treatment program is important. You need to feel comfortable being open and honest about your symptoms, and you need to trust the staff and the mental health therapies they offer.  There are many levels of care…

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What To Expect From Mental Health Therapies

Many people in the United States will experience mental health issues at some point in their life. The way someone handles their mental health issues can depend on the severity of their symptoms and the skills they have to manage them. In this country, most people wait for an average of 11 years before getting…

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Do I Struggle With a Dual Diagnosis?

Addiction and mental illness are common issues in the United States. Both require treatment and supportive care so that people can live healthy, productive lives. People living with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addiction are especially high-risk and have a higher rate of violence and suicide. It can be hard to determine if…

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4 Benefits of a Residential Mental Health Treatment Program

Residential treatment is a core component of a mental health treatment program. It paves the road to a successful recovery by providing those who suffer from a mental health disorder with a daily schedule of therapy, counseling, activities, healthy meals, and time to rest and recharge. The structure and stability of this routine help restore…

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Celebrating World Health Day

Since 1948, April 7th has been recognized and celebrated as World Health Day around the globe. The goal since its inception has been to shed light on specific, important health issues bringing awareness and information to people in every nation. The Atlanta Center for Mental Health participates in this celebration as we strive to bring…

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When Is National Public Health Week?

National Public Health Week, celebrated between April 5th and April 11th this year, will be an entirely virtual event hosted by the American Public Health Association. The goal is to help create the healthiest society possible and ensure that everyone understands how they can do their part.  As a nation, every day, we are faced…

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How Can Stress Awareness Month Benefit Your Mental Health?

Since 1992, Stress Awareness Month has been recognized worldwide in April to bring awareness and education to the causes and prevention of the stress epidemic. Stress is considered a leading cause of many physical, emotional, and mental health concerns. Reducing stress and the consequences it brings begins with awareness of its existence and the many…