The poorest citizens in our country, often living in impoverished communities, are plagued by mental illnesses including substance abuse. We often see this as a problem that begins with an addiction that ruins a person's finances and leads to poor mental health. However, living in an … [Read more...] about Poverty, PTSD, and Addiction: A Cycle of Defeat
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reports a “definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances.” Most will not dispute that untreated mental illness can (and does) lead to self-medication. When people self-medicate, they often turn to addictive substances – … [Read more...] about Substance Abuse & Addiction Are Mental Illnesses
Do you know what self-image is? Here’s a hint; it’s not self-esteem. These two terms are regularly interchanged, but there’s a major different between self-image and self-esteem. As counselors who work with a diverse group of ever-changing people, we’ve seen firsthand how a positive self-image can … [Read more...] about Positive Self-Image & Substance Abuse Counseling: Do They Mix?
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