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Turnbridge operates leading mental health and substance abuse treatment programs throughout Connecticut. This blog is a resource for people seeking addiction and mental health recovery information and inspiration, and the latest Turnbridge news and events.

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America is Facing a Youth Mental Health Crisis (2022 Update)

Did you know that we are in the midst of a national youth mental health crisis? In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory to draw attention to this devastating public health emergency. His message came on the heels of a national declaration in October, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the […]

Addiction vs. Tolerance vs. Dependence: Is There a Difference?

There is a very fine line between drug tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Often, it is a line that even concerned loves ones cannot fully make out. Is my son addicted to drugs, or is his body just dependent on them? Is my daughter using higher dosages to better manage her condition, or just to get […]

Is Experimenting with Drugs Normal, or Should I Be Concerned?

Many young people believe that trying drugs once or twice, at a young age, is not a “big deal.” Everyone is doing, right? As a parent, you may not know what to think or how to react when you find out your teen has tried an illicit drug or drank alcohol underage. You may remember […]

Dangerous Medications: Do They Really Exist?

Many people assume that, because a medication is prescribed by a doctor, it is 100% safe. The truth is, even prescriptions can be dangerous and addictive. If a medicine is misused, or used in a way other than prescribed, there may be a chance for addiction or even overdose. While we often question common side […]

Is Being Sober Worth It? 5 Reasons to Get Sober

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.” – Helen Keller When we come across difficult circumstances in life, such as a struggle with mental health or substance abuse, it is easy to succumb to feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. Many people who use […]

How to Develop a Relapse Prevention Plan 

Substance addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. This means it is possible for people in recovery to relapse, or return to drug or alcohol use after a period of abstinence. However, there are several prevention methods that individuals can take to reduce their chances of relapse significantly. For example, long-term drug treatment programs often make […]

What is Self-Medication, and What are the Dangers?

Are you, or is someone you love, self-medicating with drugs or alcohol? Self-medication is the practice in which a person misuses drugs or alcohol in an attempt to feel better – typically, to manage distress or pain caused by a health condition. Rather than seeking professional treatment or advice, many individuals will turn to drugs […]

What are the Long-Term Effects of Mental Illness, When Left Untreated?

Mental health disorders are extremely common, though they are not always apparent. More than likely, you have neighbors, friends, family members, or colleagues struggling with symptoms of a mental health condition. Each year in the United States, an estimated 1 in 6 youth experience a mental illness. Even more adults – about 20% in the […]