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
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
As more data is being collected, scientists, medical professionals and counselors are providing more and more research that shows the need to treat people who abuse drugs just as they would someone with a psychological or mental health disorder. We are seeing now more than ever the importance of a … [Read more...] about Which Came First: The Mental Illness or The Addiction?