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Addiction

How does my drug addiction hurt those around me?

For those who are addicted to substances, it may be hard to clearly see who they are hurting. When ingesting/taking a substance, it is commonly heard by clinicians that, “They’re only hurting themselves.” In reality, an addict’s substance use not only hurts him/herself, but also hurts those around him/her. For those who are in relationships… Read More

Codependent relationships

The line between a healthy partnership and a codependent relationship is one that is often crossed. According to psych central, codependency is characterized by a relationship that is excessively dependent on their partner. Most often, one person may feel that they depend on the other for meeting all their emotional and self-esteem needs. Unfortunately, these… Read More

What is anxiety and what is it caused by?

Anxiety is often thrown around in our daily vocabulary, but what does it truly mean to suffer from an anxiety disorder? According to the NIH, an anxiety disorder occurs when the feelings of anxiety fail to subside for a long duration of time. Furthermore, anxiety disorders can often interfere with job performance, school, and interpersonal… Read More

What is “huffing?”

There is a category of abused drugs called, “inhalants.” Often used by young people, “huffing” is the action of inhaling chemical fumes through the mouth to feel intoxicated. This act of huffing can be very dangerous, and has even resulted in deaths for children aged 10 years old. Among the population of pre-teens, huffing is… Read More

How does Substance Abuse change the way I make decisions?

Using substances changes the way we behave by affecting certain areas of our brains. The role of the prefrontal cortex is predominantly used for what scientists call “executive functioning.” Simply put, the prefrontal cortex is responsible for making decisions, predicting the consequences of your actions, working towards your goals, and exhibiting control over your life…. Read More

Is alcoholism genetic?

Many studies, whether they are twin or adoption studies, show that there are several genetic factors that contribute to alcoholism. For example, some adoption studies show that kids who are adopted at early ages often show signs of developing alcoholism similar to their biological parents rather than their adoptive parents (Cloninger et. al 1981).  … Read More

What’s the deal with the ongoing opioid crisis?

President Donald Trump has officially declared the opioid crisis a health emergency. But what is the deal with the opioid crisis?   More than 90 Americans a day die due to opioid abuse. This includes prescription drugs like fentanyl and heroin. In 2015, more than thirty thousand Americans overdosed and died to opioid use. In… Read More

What is MDMA?

MDMA is a chemical compound that stands for 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It’s a drug often taken at parties, raves, and music clubs because users claim that it creates a strong desire to dance and feel connected to others. In a survey conducted in 2002, about 7.4% of high school students had tried MDMA but only 2.4%… Read More

What are the consequences of cannabis use?

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States. With marijuana laws and policies changing to allow for increased recreational and medical use, it’s important now to understand the consequences of increased marijuana use. Marijuana users frequently have the notion that the drug is “addictive.” However, 9% of those who use the… Read More

Substance Abuse and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that occurs in some people after experiencing a terrifying, horrific, life-threatening event. Combat veterans are often victim to this mental illness, and may suffer from flashbacks and anxiety upon returning from war. Healing from PTSD can often be a long journey that requires a lot of… Read More

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