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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 “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

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

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

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 Enabling Allows Addiction to Continue​

More than 20 million people are addicted to alcohol, drugs or other addictions process such as gambling, sex or shopping. Most addicts refuse to go to a treatment because their relatives, friends, and other people they know are enabling them to continue to use alcohol and drugs which cripples them from recovering from their addiction. Read… Read More

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