The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction – Dual Diagnosis

The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction – Dual Diagnosis - Plum Creek Recovery Ranch

People who have been exposed to traumatic events often experience long-term distress that becomes disabling. This is also known as post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Sometimes people use drugs or alcohol to manage their symptoms related to PTSD, which can lead to substance use disorders and addiction. In behavioral health, this condition is considered […]

The Link Between Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Substance Abuse


A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh with data from the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization found that as temperatures and sunlight hours decrease, alcohol consumption and binge drinking increase. Shorter hours of sunlight and cooler temperatures also correlates with higher rates of depression, which is also linked to an increase […]

Tips For Staying Sober Over The Holidays


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? It certainly can be – with lots of friends and family members gathering to celebrate, sharing memories, ringing in the new year. If you’re in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, it can be an especially challenging time, regardless of the length of your sobriety. […]

7 Surprisingly Scientific Benefits of Gratitude


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and […]

Express Yourself! Using Art Therapy to Help Treat Addiction


Art therapy is a type of experiential therapy that incorporates painting, drawing, sculpting, coloring, and other creative mediums in a therapeutic setting to help clients move forward in their journey to recovery. Here is how our friends at the Butler Center for Research explain this type of therapy: “Experiential therapy (including art therapy) involves a […]

5 Steps to Improving Your Mental Health


Your mental health plays such an important role in your life and the lives of your loved ones – protecting and enhancing mental wellbeing is essential to living a healthy life. When you feel good on the inside, it shows on the outside! According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from […]

Emotional Rescue: 7 Steps to Taking Control of Your Emotions


From the minute we drew our first breath, our emotions played an important part in our survival. If we were hungry or had a diaper that needed to be changed, we cried. Sometimes, we even yelled. These emotional outbursts helped ensure we got what we wanted. And, usually, right away. Our young, developing brains figured […]

When to Seek Professional Help for Anxiety and Drug Addiction


Summer is here and things are starting to open up again. Mask mandates in the United States are being lifted. Businesses are planning for employees to come back into the office. And the travel industry reports that Americans are hitting the road again in record numbers. Which all sounds awesome! But, if truth be told, […]

Take A Mental Health Assessment


During the month of May, the United States celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month. This awareness month is so important in helping to erase the stigma of mental illness and streamline access to support. However, once this month ends, the need for information and support does not stop. The good news is, there is an abundance […]

Take Better Care of Yourself With These Self-Care Tips


According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from August 2020 through February 2021, the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of anxiety or a depressive disorder (commonly known as depression) increased from 36.4% to 41.5%, and the percentage of those who reported an unmet mental health care need increased from 9.2% […]