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The Role of Family in Substance Abuse Diagnosis and Treatment

Substance abuse is a significant health concern in the United States that can have a devastating impact on families. To effectively diagnose and treat substance abuse, it is important to understand the role of the family in the process. Family members are often the first to recognize that something is wrong and can provide vitalRead More

How We Develop Trauma

We never know when a traumatic event might strike. It might occur just one time or regularly. The variety of experiences that can lead to trauma is limitless. Because of this variety, it is often difficult to admit that we have experienced a traumatic event. One of our first inclinations may be to ignore traumaRead More

How Can You Unwind Without Drinking?

Most people think that alcohol is the only way to unwind. This belief is so common that it has given birth to activities like “happy hour.” The biggest problem here is that the more problems you have, the more you drink. Further, regular drinking will likely put you on the path to alcohol use disorderRead More

The Reality of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

When it comes to our body image, many of us have insecurities that can cause us distress or anxiety. For some people, these feelings are more intense and pervasive, impacting daily life and functioning profoundly. This is known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), an often-misunderstood mental health condition characterized by excessive preoccupation with perceived physicalRead More

The Difference Between Substance and Non-Substance Addiction

“Addiction” is a word that gets thrown around casually these days. Modern society has grown increasingly sensitive to the plight of those who struggle with addiction. However, it has also become a word that is often used to describe casual preferences or habits. The danger of addiction is in how few people understand it. OvergeneralizingRead More

How Do I Socially Reintegrate After Inpatient Treatment?

For many, inpatient treatment feels like a place removed from the outside world. You might feel safe inside the facility. Unfortunately, you exist in a treatment bubble that will eventually have to pop. Thinking about leaving that space for the outside world can feel nerve-wracking. Social reintegration can seem even more impossible. In this blog,Read More

The Right Time for Treatment

f you’re struggling with substance abuse, behavioral addiction, or untreated trauma, then chances are the problem is not going to take care of itself. Mental health disorders don’t work that way. Luckily, they can be treated at a professional treatment center. At The Guest House, all of these conditions can be treated at the sameRead More

Am I Afraid of Abandonment? 5 Signs the Answer Is Yes

When you’ve experienced developmental trauma, you may experience a variety of symptoms. You might develop an anxious preoccupied or disorganized attachment style. A major characteristic of both these attachment styles is the fear of abandonment. Moreover, people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), borderline personality disorder, and other mental illnesses often experience this fear as well. It’sRead More

How Can People With Antisocial Personality Disorder Experience Empathy?

Have you ever heard of the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder? Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a cluster B disorder that often involves traits of recklessness, aggression, and impulsivity. Based on the criterion for ASPD, many people believe that individuals with the diagnosis can’t experience empathy. Much like everything else, the reality is much moreRead More

Are Negative Self-Schemas a Form of Self-Harm?

Content warning: This blog discusses physical and mental self-harm. If you or someone you love is considering self-harm or suicide, please call the national crisis line at 988 or text HOME to 741741 for help. Self-harm is a term that can encompass many negative physical and mental acts meant to bring harm to a person.Read More