Contributor: Staff of Timberline Knolls Eating Disorder behaviors such as binging, purging and starvation serve a purpose for the affected individual. Process Addictions do, too. This is because these behaviors create a sense of positivity and wellbeing in the brain’s reward center. Therefore, these disordered behaviors are more about getting the “high,” and exerting control, [...] Read More
Contributor: Marissa Hatcher, MSW, CADC, Timberline Knolls Addictions Program Coordinator Bipolar Disorder and Alcoholism often go hand in hand. Self-medicating with alcohol and/or other drugs is a common way to cope with the tumultuous emotions associated with any mental illness. Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness which affects a person’s mood and thought process. [...] Read More
Contributed by Staff of Timberline Knolls Children are the epitome of innocence and purity. But, what about a child struggling with self-injury? How could someone so delicate and good willingly inflict pain on itself? Self-harm involves inflicting physical pain on one’s body. Most often this is done by cutting, burning, or biting. Whether a child [...] Read More
Contributed by Staff Member of Timberline Knolls Opioids are effective pain relievers. Yet, they can also lead to dependence or addiction. At the same time, patients with mental health issues are more vulnerable to become dependent on opioids. Alternately, long-term use of opioids can also heighten the risk of developing a mental health problem. Understanding [...] Read More
Every year that substance abuse is delayed during the adolescent brain development, the risk of substance abuse disorder decreases. Research shows that substance abuse initiated earlier in adolescence is indicative of a greater prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD) into adulthood. Amid the present epidemic of opioid use disorder and overdose mortality, making the prevention [...] Read More
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