Category: Drug / Alcohol Addiction

The Link Between Substance Abuse and PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that occurs when a person experiences (directly or indirectly) or witnesses, a traumatic event, or series of events. People who suffer from PTSD often suffer for many years, if not an entire lifetime, after these traumatic events occur. During periods of high anxiety and stress, many… View Post

Can Heroin Addicts Recover?

A 2012 study concluded that 10% of all American adults (18 and older) answered “yes” to the question: “Did you once have a problem with drugs or alcohol, but no longer do?” It is startling to consider that such a significant number of Americans have battled substance abuse. But it is reassuring that these same… View Post

What is Recovery? – A Brief Look at our Destination

One thing we all can agree on? Recovery is the goal! But, while the word recovery has a specific meaning, in the context of addiction and treatment, it can be a harder thing to pin down. Addiction is a bit easier. To the brain, addiction looks basically the same whether the person is addicted to… View Post

How to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol – Part 1

Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol early and often is one of the best defenses against substance abuse problems later on. Understandably, many parents struggle with how to navigate these conversations. How do you approach the subject and at what age? How do you make sure your child is really listening and understanding… View Post

How to Approach Someone About their Addiction

Confronting someone about their addiction is always difficult. You may fear that you are stepping over boundaries or risking your friendship approaching the topic. Avoid the feeling that “this is someone else’s job” and know that in many cases you are choosing to help save someone’s life. But how and when should you go about… View Post