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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

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

How can we manage alcohol use with medication?

Alcohol use disorder is a disease that is characterized by compulsive alcohol use and loss of control. The NIAAA estimates that 16 million people in the United States suffer from Alcohol use disorder, including adolescents age 12-17. To treat alcohol use disorder, clinicians often use medication management to decrease alcohol cravings, prevent relapse, and decrease… 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

Substance Use and Suicide

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. For individuals between 15-25 years old and 25-34 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. In 2014, 9.4 million adults 18 years or older thought seriously about trying to kill themselves in the past 12 months. Of this group, 2.7… Read More

How do depression and addiction intertwine?

The definition of addiction is a chronically relapsing disorder that is characterized by a compulsion to look for and take drugs. Loss of control and inability to limit intake is quite characteristic of addiction. Many times, the emergence of a negative emotional state like stress, dysphoria, anxiety, or irritability occurs when access to the substance… Read More

What should I know about methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine, otherwise known as meth, crystal, speed, ice, uppers, or crosstops, tina, or glass, is a crystalline white powder that dissolves in water. The effects of methamphetamine are stimulating—upon consumption of meth, heart rate increases drastically and the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is activated. Often, this comes with elevated blood pressure, rapid… Read More

What to do when a loved one needs help

“My sister knows her alcohol use can be too much sometimes, but she still won’t cut back.” “My dad’s heroin use is ruining his life. He knows this, but he still can’t stop.” Often, those who suffer from substance addiction know that their drug use has negative consequences. Despite this, many still continue to use… Read More

When do I seek help?

Addiction is a growing problem in society, and with the growth of both prescription medicine and street drugs, it’s become an even more daunting problem in society. For those who use substances or alcohol frequently, it’s often hard to discern if you truly need to “get help.” Here are some important questions you should ask… Read More

How does detoxification work?

It seems counterintuitive to give drugs to people suffering from substance addiction, but this is often necessary to ensure the patient’s safety. Withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that it results in seizures, hyper-excitability, cessation of breathing, and sometimes death. Delirium tremens is said in the medical community to describe severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms that… Read More

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