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The Effects of Social Isolation on Mental Health

The Effects of Social Isolation on Mental Health

A Devastating Effect Our home, Los Angeles County, is once again under stay-at-home orders and our thoughts, as always, are on the population we serve. While, obviously, there are no longitudinal studies yet available, there are plenty of clinical samples, surveys,...

Dual Diagnosis Treatment and the Twelve Steps

Dual Diagnosis Treatment and the Twelve Steps

When Creative Care accepted its first clients back in 1989, the mental health industry was still in the dark ages when it came to co-occurring disorders. Patients would go to separate doctors for their substance use and other mental health disorders, ignoring the...

Dealing With Anxiety in Uncertain Times

Dealing With Anxiety in Uncertain Times

Palpable Tension and Anxiety The coronavirus is ravaging the country at an unprecedented rate and hospitalizations are at an all-time high. Unemployment benefits will run out in the coming weeks, leaving those whose jobs were affected by the pandemic with the very...

Bipolar and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders

Bipolar and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders

Recently, we posted a blog aiming to open up a conversation about bipolar disorder. In it, we addressed some of the stereotypes surrounding the condition. Additionally, we positioned it as a spectrum of disorders. Finally, we highlighted the necessity of...

The Problematic Relationship Between THC and Mental Health

The Problematic Relationship Between THC and Mental Health

Back in September, we talked a little about the dangers of a "marijuana maintenance" plan. For those who are unfamiliar, "marijuana maintenance" refers to substituting THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, for more immediately dangerous drugs like heroin and...

The Benefits of Yoga in Mental Health Treatment

The Benefits of Yoga in Mental Health Treatment

Popular, Positive, and Practical Yoga has been around for over four millennia and yet it remains as popular as ever. In fact, a quick Google search reveals at least 800 yoga studios in the Los Angeles area alone. Furthermore, according to the International Yoga...