New Mental Health Treatment Program Opens Up in Boise, Idaho

As a brand new mental health program for Idaho residents opens up at the respected Ashwood Recovery treatment facility in Boise, we ask if the coronavirus pandemic has finally opened up the state’s eyes to the huge importance of mental wellbeing for all. Social distancing. Frontline. Lockdown. A superspreader. Key workers. The “rona.” A covidiot.  Expressions that were certainly not in regular usage a few months ago (a couple didn’t even exist back then), but we surely live with them now, don’t we? In the mainstream media, in presidential briefings, and in our own digital [...]

Maintaining Sobriety in Times of Stress

  Whether you face a personal crisis or are witness to a national emergency such as the COVID-19 outbreak, maintaining sobriety in times of stress can be difficult. But you are not alone. At Northpoint Recovery, we are dedicated to recovery and helping you maintain your sobriety. We asked our clinical staff at Northpoint Recovery to share some tools, tips and tactics to manage stress (and sobriety) in uncertain times: 1. Meditate: Meditation has been used for centuries to relax, reconnect and calm your mind. It’s a practice that can be done anywhere… sitting at [...]

Depression and  Addiction – Are They Linked?

It is critically important for people in recovery to understand that addiction is usually co-occurring with other disorders. In fact, even though addiction can be diagnosed on its own, it is frequently the end result of some other pre-existing causal disorder, such as anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and most often, depression. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, almost 64% of individuals with an addiction to alcohol meet the qualifications for a clinical diagnosis of depression. Why is this the case? First, both conditions – depression and addiction – are influenced by similar genetic [...]

Comparing and Contrasting: The 4 Types of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder has four distinct types and is a bigger problem than people realize. Currently, this disorder affects more than 5.8 million Americans. With the rates of mental illnesses rising in the U.S., it’s clear this battle will not end soon. The characteristics of bipolar disorder revolve around normal, manic, and depressive phases. The term “Euthymia” refers to having a normal mood. This ‘normal’ phase means being in a positive, tranquil, and stable mental state. In the manic phase, the individual has an abnormal elevated arousal state. As such, they could be feeling euphoric, [...]

Is Remeron (Mirtazapine) Worth the Risk of Addiction to Help with Depression?

Mirtazapine Use Mirtazapine is a newer medicine belonging to the group called tetracyclic antidepressants. Also, known as cyclic antidepressants, the original antidepressants were developed in the 1950s. Although effective and a much better alternative than electroshock, they have been replaced by medications that have fewer side effects. The benefit of the medicine Mirtazapine and the other medications in the cyclic family is that they relieve extreme depression when other treatments haven’t worked. They do so by bringing chemicals in the brain back into balance. It helps relieve symptoms that go along with depression-like loss of [...]

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