It starts when a person is young. We’re talking about self-esteem. How one is raised can play a huge part in the difference between having positive or low self-esteem. And chronically low self-esteem can increase a person’s risk of substance abuse. What is Low Self-Esteem? Simply put, low … [Read more...] about Low Self-Esteem & the Risk of Substance Abuse in Young Adults
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?
Government and healthcare – for better and for worse, the two have been joined. Their matrimony hasn’t been all that holy, but boy has it been holey. Some pretty big gaps have appeared in the areas of healthcare access and affordability, and the current political track of a repeal and replace action … [Read more...] about Marijuana & Politics: What’s Happening in 2017?
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
When a person has a co-existing mental illness and a substance use disorder, it’s referred to as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder (COD). It’s extremely common for recovering addicts to receive this diagnosis. In this blog, we’re going to discuss the top three co-occurring conditions of … [Read more...] about The Top 3 Co-Occurring Conditions of Addiction
In our previous blog, we discussed the top three co-occurring conditions of addiction: major depression, panic attacks and anxiety, and mental illnesses like schizophrenia and personality disorders. Knowing the most common dual diagnosis of addiction is important, but recognizing their symptoms is … [Read more...] about Recognizing Co-Occuring Conditions in Recovery
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