North Carolina does not allow for any exceptions to its underage drinking policy. That means that the first time your kids will be allowed to drink is when they’re 21. Even after it’s legal, they shouldn’t necessarily start drinking; CDC guidelines “do not recommend that individuals who do not drink … [Read more...] about What Your College-Age Children Should Know About Alcohol
If you or a loved one are struggling to manage your mental health, there are many resources available to get you feeling better. Depending on the diagnosis, you and your care team might consider lifestyle changes, therapy, and/or medication. However, medication for your mental illness can … [Read more...] about Do Mental Illnesses Need To Be Medicated?
When recovering from a substance use disorder, there are triggers hiding behind every corner--scents, sounds, locations, people, holidays, and perhaps even your own cell phone. Research about whether social media or the Internet are a type of behavioral addiction provides mixed results. Social … [Read more...] about Can Social Media Harm an Addict’s Recovery Process?
What is a trigger for alcohol use disorder (AUD)? Think of a trigger in terms of cause and effect. When operating a gun, pulling the trigger is the cause, and the gun firing is the effect. Alcohol use disorder (AUD), colloquially known as alcoholism, can operate by the same rules. There is … [Read more...] about 10 Common and Uncommon Triggers for Former Alcoholics To Avoid