Mental Health

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time committed to elevating the conversation around mental health issues and dismantling the stigmas associated with them. It’s a period for spotlighting the significance of mental well-being and highlighting the support systems available for those in need. At The Right Step Hill Country, we recognize the critical importance […]

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Which Areas of the Brain Influence Addiction?

Did you know that your brain plays a critical role in whether you will develop an alcohol or drug addiction? Many people assume that addiction is a result of weak willpower or lack of self-control, but it is actually a result of neurological changes in areas of the brain that influence addiction. Why should you

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Dangers of Using Opioids During Winter

The winter season often brings myriad challenges, and for individuals with opioid use, these challenges can become significantly exacerbated. The cold, harsh climate combined with the isolation that winter often induces can escalate opioid dependency, pushing individuals further down the dangerous path of addiction. Enrolling in addiction treatment programs becomes imperative not just for overcoming

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Why Do Drug Overdoses Increase in Winter?

The winter season, often associated with joyous holidays and serene snowfall, paradoxically witnesses a concerning rise in drug overdoses, a trend that demands our immediate attention and action. So, why do drug overdoses increase in winter? One potential explanation is that as temperatures drop and darkness sets in earlier, people may become more prone to

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Why Does the Weather Affect Addiction?

When discussing the factors that influence addiction, one that isn’t often considered is the weather. Surprisingly, studies suggest that weather can significantly impact the likelihood of engaging in addictive activities. With years of experience in addiction treatment, The Right Step Hill Country has noticed the correlation between climate and addiction. We can answer your question,

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Understanding SAD and Addiction

For many individuals struggling with addiction, there may be underlying mental health issues that contribute to their substance use. One such condition is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs seasonally. While not everyone who experiences SAD will also struggle with addiction, the conditions are often linked. At The Right Step Hill

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Can Mindfulness Meditation Work for Addiction?

Some people escape life’s challenges through the use of drugs and alcohol. This method of dealing with problems only avoids addressing the root causes. As a result, bodies and minds can become reliant on and addicted to drugs and alcohol. Addiction is a severe problem that many people face today. The treatment process can seem

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Does Substance Abuse Affect OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can often be so debilitating that those living with it turn to drugs and alcohol to try and cope. This unhealthy coping mechanism often leads to substance abuse and subsequent addiction. Because of this relationship, OCD and addiction are common co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorders are identified when someone has a substance use

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