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Sleep-Wake Disorders

Sleep disorders, or sleep-wake disorders refer to an individual’s challenges with their sleep cycle. These may include insomnia, parasomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome, all of which are disruptive to the quality and amount of sleep a healthy person needs in order to be functional.

 

Sleep disorders may occur in combination with, or because of, other mental health disorders, or substance-related and addictive disorders. Substance use can cause sleep problems, but sleep disorders may also be a factor in substance use.

 

Signs or Symptoms of Sleep-Wake Disorders

Types of Sleep Disorders

Insomnia

Insomnia is the most common sleep-wake disorder, with an estimated 30% of the American population reporting symptoms related to insomnia. Insomnia disorder occurs when sleep difficulties start creating significant distress in an individual’s daily functioning abilities. Symptoms of insomnia may be episodic, related to an event; or persistent, related to long-term effects, or recurrent, related to chronic conditions.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea refers to interrupted sleep patterns due to difficulties in breathing during sleep. An individual suffering from sleep apnea may snore, snort, or gasp during sleep, leading to interruptions in restful sleep. Obesity and a family history of sleep apnea are risk factors for this condition. Male members are more prone to sleep apnea than females.

Other Sleep Disorders

In addition to insomnia and sleep apnea, several other disorders fall under this category, including sleep walking, sleep terrors, nightmare disorder, REM sleep behavior disorder and hypersomnolence. Restless legs syndrome is a particular sleep disorder that causes inability to sleep restfully due to uncomfortable sensation in the legs, such as restlessness, tingling, burning, or itching. Narcolepsy is a rare form of sleep disorder that causes individuals to lapse into sleep often, even during the day.

Treatment of Sleep-Wake Disorders

Chronic lack of sleep and other sleep disorders can lead to complications such as heart disease, neurological problems such as Parkinson’s disease, and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Over-the-counter medications are effective for short-term, episodic sleep problems, but can create other health problems if consumed for longer periods. A specialist can diagnose and create a treatment plan that can cure the illness. Lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and mind-body practices can help create better habits for a better life.

Neurocognitive Disorders

Neurocognitive disorders are a class of mental health conditions that are related to cognitive brain areas such as focusing, learning, memory, language and speech, creating significant distress in an individual’s daily functioning.

 

Chronic use of substances may be linked to neural dysfunctions and cognitive disorders. Unlike intoxication effects that pass quickly after substance use, neurocognitive disorders continue to cause difficulties in cognitive functioning on an ongoing basis.

 

Some Symptoms of Neurocognitive Disorders

Types of Neurocognitive Disorders

Mild Neurocognitive Disorder

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, this disorder can be categorized as mild, or slight cognitive impairment, when it is not considered to affect an individual’s daily functioning ability.

Major Neurocognitive Disorder

Major neurocognitive disorder accounts for 30% of the population, however the majority of these cases are Alzheimer’s, affecting people older than 65 years of age.

Treatment of Neurocognitive Disorders

There is no cure for most types of neurocognitive disorders, however if they are substance-induced neurocognitive disorders, treatment for the substance-use conditions may alleviate some of the symptoms.

Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is identified by eating behaviors and patterns that revolve around food, body weight and shape that affect an individual’s daily functioning abilities. Long-term effects of eating disorders impact the body’s ability to receive proper nutrition, leading to severe consequences such as heart diseases, digestive conditions, osteoporosis, and other serious health problems.

 

Addiction and eating disorders are often related: individuals with eating disorders also suffer from substance-use disorders. Individuals with eating disorders use substances such as tobacco, caffeine, amphetamines and cannabis to suppress their appetites.

Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Types of Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is a condition where an individual is extremely nervous about gaining weight. They try to maintain their ideal body weight by eating very minimally, and have a distorted sense of what ideal weight should be.

Bulimia Nervosa

Individuals with Bulimia do not have a sense of control over how much food they ingest, so they binge-eat, and then resort to behaviors such as vomiting, fasting and using laxatives to purge what they ate. They go to extreme measures to avoid gaining weight.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder occurs when a person is prone to eat a large amount of food quickly, because of an inability to control their food intake. Binge eaters use food as a comfort and coping mechanism for other distresses or disorders in their life.

Treatment of Eating Disorders

Dual Diagnosis and treatment plans can help treat both eating disorders and substance-abuse disorders in relation with each other. A multidimensional approach including medical treatment, addiction treatment, psychotherapy and holistic practices works well with reversing these disorders.

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Alyssa Mueller

Therapist

Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.