a woman finding the first steps of addiction recovery

Finding Your First Steps in Recovery

Recovery from an addiction is a difficult journey, but not an impossible one. Establishing the first steps in recovery will set a path towards a permanent, sustainable, and healthy life, free from addiction and pain. Whether seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, counseling, treatment, and support are necessary for living an addiction-free life.…

a woman begins self-medicating with drugs and alcohol as she considers the dangers of self-medicating

Dangers of Self-Medicating with Drugs and Alcohol

Research on substance use disorders and mental health disorders depicts strong evidence for consistent links between the two. Approximately half of Americans who have substance use disorders also have mental health disorders and vice-versa. While it cannot be said that one causes the other, the two are complexly intertwined. When these disorders coincide, it is…

A woman overcomes LGBTQ trauma and addiction at an LGBTQ mental health treatment center

LGBTQ Trauma and Addiction

Compared to the general population, the rates of mental health disorders and substance use disorders are significantly higher among the LGBTQ community. Members of the LGBTQ community are at increased risk of experiencing trauma centered around shame, discrimination, abuse, acts of violence, and hate crimes. At Westwind Recovery®, all of our treatment programs and sober…