Reimagining The Link Between Creativity and Mental Health

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]When treating an individual who is suffering from a mental health disorder who is also a part of the creative community, it can be easy to quickly assume that their creativity may have lent to their mental health disorder […]

Language Matters: Helping Change the Stigma Around Addiction

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]Stigmatizing language regarding individuals with substance use disorders can often be a barrier for those who are seeking treatment. Certain labels can be charged with negative connotations that reduce a person to the disease, socially stigmatized condition, or circumstance […]

The Complex Connection Between Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use Disorders

Most everyone experiences a natural amount of anxiety in response to stressful or dangerous situations. But when anxiety becomes persistent, based on unfounded fears, and interferes with daily life, it may be categorized as an anxiety disorder. In an effort to cope with these symptoms, an individual may attempt to self-medicate with the misuse of […]

The Myth of Drugs, Alcohol, and Creativity: Leading a Creative Life in Sobriety

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Becoming a More Eloquent Spokesperson For Your Emotions

When we are having trouble understanding our emotions, one of the reasons may be because we cannot find the right words to explain them. Words are our tools for understanding; when words fail us, our emotions can feel too elusive to manage. Our emotions are more complex, nuanced, and intimate to us than we may […]

Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Substance Use Disorder Professionals

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Healthy Ways to Cope With Pre-Show Anxiety

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]Although concerts, shows, and performances of all kinds were largely canceled this past year, when they do start back up, the idea of facing the anxiety associated with performing again may feel intimidating and overwhelming. The normal pre-show jitters […]

Recovery and Fear of Lost Creativity

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]Some people struggling with addiction may be reluctant to receive treatment and start recovery because they fear it will rob them of their creativity. However, this is an unfounded fear; the reality is these individuals are likely to be […]