A person doesn’t wake up in the morning and say, “I think I’ll be depressed today.” It just doesn’t work like that. People who are depressed don’t ask to feel that way. In fact, when depression is left untreated, it can become fatal. There are many reasons for depression, but choice isn’t one of … [Read more...] about Is Depression a Choice or an Illness?
When it comes to the real gateway drug, alcohol fits the bill. For years, people have said that marijuana is the true gateway, but recent research has proven that alcohol takes the lead. What is a Gateway Drug? A gateway drug is best described as a substance that can lead to the use of harder and … [Read more...] about Alcohol: The Real Gateway Drug
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying that addicts aren’t addicted to substances, they’re addicted to escaping reality. While the premise of this statement is thought provoking, addiction is a real medical condition that can involve physical and psychological elements. Finding the best recovery path is … [Read more...] about Meditation and Substance Use Recovery
Remember the adage knowledge is power? If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you were bombarded by this statement. But there’s another that bears repeating. Words are powerful. The words we use to identify things, concepts and ideas, can immediately stir a particular emotion, reaction, or mental image. … [Read more...] about Mental Illness: Why the Term Shouldn’t Scare Us