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6 Signs You Have a Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Are you concerned that you or someone you love is showing signs of having narcissistic personality disorder? Maybe you have seen personality changes in a family member or friend. Or you have struggled to maintain healthy relationships or have had negative experiences at work or at school recently. Before seeking treatment for a personality disorder,… Continue Reading 6 Signs You Have a Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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How to Celebrate World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is Saturday, October 10th. What are you doing on this day to celebrate mental health and well-being? For many people, commemorating this day may involve taking a bit of time off from work or just de-stressing in some manner. For others, especially those working through mental health issues, there is help… Continue Reading How to Celebrate World Mental Health Day

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How to Start Again after Relapsing in Recovery

If you’ve made a commitment to sobriety and then you experience a relapse, you might feel disappointed, angry, frustrated, or sad. You might even begin to feel like you’ve lost hope, as though it’s going to be difficult to get back on the road to recovery. However, it’s important to remember that addiction relapse is… Continue Reading How to Start Again after Relapsing in Recovery

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Similarities and Differences of Bipolar Disorder and PTSD

There are significant similarities between bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and there are differences, too. That is one reason why it is essential to get a diagnosis from a mental health professional like those at Westwind Recovery® to ensure you get the proper treatment. Learn more about the similarities between PTSD and bipolar… Continue Reading Similarities and Differences of Bipolar Disorder and PTSD

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A Practice of Deep Breathing Will Strengthen Your Sobriety

One of the main reasons why people end up using drugs and alcohol on a regular basis is because it helps them cope with emotional, psychological, or physical pain. When the pain feels too overwhelming, a person can begin to feel anxious, tense, and stressed. And this, in turn, can drive a person to drink… Continue Reading A Practice of Deep Breathing Will Strengthen Your Sobriety

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How to Help a Loved One Move on After Relapse

If your spouse, sibling, child, or parent is in recovery, you’re probably big support for them. So you will likely witness the ups and downs of their recovery. Relapse can be a difficult experience for both the recovering addict as well as the loved one supporting them. However, as a loved one concerned for your… Continue Reading How to Help a Loved One Move on After Relapse

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Participate in Relaxation Training and Overcome Cravings

The phrase relaxation training might sound odd, but it’s meant to get a point across. Often, we don’t take relaxation seriously. You might think of relaxation as something you do at the end of the day, perhaps after all else is done. Or it’s something to do on the weekends, but not on each day… Continue Reading Participate in Relaxation Training and Overcome Cravings

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How to Support Your Spouse in Sobriety

Relationships and marriage can have their challenges. However, when you add addiction to the mix, marriages can experience a significant strain. Although your spouse might be sober now, a marriage can still feel burdened by recovery and the possibility of relapse. If you want to offer your spouse sober support in recovery, one of the… Continue Reading How to Support Your Spouse in Sobriety

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What the 12-Steps Are Really Meant To Do for You

You might think that the 12-step program is meant to keep you sober. Although that’s a basic truth, they are also meant to help you transform your life. Essentially, the 12-step program is meant to facilitate an entire transformation of who you are. For many individuals struggling with substance abuse, 12-step programs have been very… Continue Reading What the 12-Steps Are Really Meant To Do for You