Addiction to a substance like alcohol or drugs is also known as dependence. People can become dependent upon or addicted to things other than substances, but for the purposes of this article, we’re going to limit our focus to substance use disorders.   Physical and Psychological Dependence Most people understand that becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol is a genuine […]

Which Drugs Are Most Addictive? The Answers Might Surprise You Quitting drugs can be one of the most difficult journeys a person could take. While many people may think that it’s easy to just “stop” taking drugs, the reality is far more complex. From physical dependence on drugs to psychological addiction, quitting any type of drug is a long and […]

When we hear the term “gateway drug”, it tends to conjure up images of recreational drugs like marijuana. Many of us have seen the public service announcement commercials and programs like D.A.R.E. telling us that drugs like marijuana and alcohol can be gateway drugs. In this blog post, we will discuss the meaning of the phrase and why it’s important […]

Ambien is a prescription sleep aid that is also known as Zolpidem. This medication is often prescribed to people who suffer from insomnia and struggle to fall asleep at night or stay asleep for long periods of time. It’s also commonly prescribed to people with anxiety who have trouble sleeping. It works to quiet the brain and induce feelings of […]

Prescription Drug Abuse is a Serious Problem That Deserves Help According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 1 in 4 people who take prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons will develop an addiction. The issue of prescription drug abuse is one that is often overlooked because it’s easy to think that since these drugs are prescribed by a doctor, […]

Codependency Is An Issue Often Associated With Addiction. Codependency is a tough subject, because there is no 100 percent typical test you can take to understand if you might be codependent with a partner. There are warning signs and behaviors that predict and signify codependency in a relationship. However, it is not officially recognized as a mental disorder. The line […]

Addiction Doesn’t Just Impact An Individual, It Can Impact An Entire Family. Find Help For Everyone One of the most pernicious aspects of addiction is that it doesn’t just affect the addict themselves, it often affects the whole family. Because addiction can facilitate hurtful behaviors like stealing, driving under the influence, and even violence, addiction often affects the people closest […]

The holidays are here again and that is a great thing. You are going to have fun with your loved ones and friends. However, if you have a loved one in recovery from an addiction or mental health disorder, you may want to help support them over the holidays, so they don’t relapse. The first thing to remember is that […]

  Family conflict can be very distressing. While all families have arguments from time to time – if your family stresses you out regularly, that is not healthy. It could be due to someone’s addiction, mental health issues, grieving process, work issues, parenting or other family-related problems. No matter what the case may be, if your family stresses you out, […]

If you drink regularly, you should be asking yourself: How does alcohol affect my health? Studies show that around 85% of those who are of legal drinking age have consumed alcohol at least a few times throughout their life. Unfortunately, it is socially acceptable to abuse alcohol and there are younger and younger children doing it now, too. When children […]

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