College has long been portrayed as an important experience in life and a rite of passage into adulthood. Many movies and books paint the college years as a time with adventure, comraderies, hard work, and budding new relationships. Often, the stress and strain of college is portrayed in a lighthearted way, and many students know…

One of the most common pieces of advice for addicts in early recovery is to wait before beginning new romantic relationships. It’s often said that a person should wait at least a year, but this advice is usually not accompanied by much explanation about why romance may be a bad idea in early recovery.1 So…

Alcohol use, drug use, and addictive behaviors are not a new phenomenon, by far. Young adults who attend colleges and universities are often quite familiar with drinking culture, and many individuals are able to recall one or more friends who used substances during young adulthood. While substance use is not new, many colleges and universities…

Treating young adults for substance abuse and addiction often requires a unique understanding of their mentality, brain development and their desire to recover relative to older addicts. Young adults simply have less life experience and this can and usually does effect their beliefs toward drug use. Younger users’ brains have not fully developed, exposing them…

Although there are now more people suffering from addiction than ever before, there are still inevitably many others who don’t innately understand what addiction is like. Granted, a person doesn’t need to be an addict to know what makes addiction a disease. However, a person does need to take the initiative to become more informed…

Substance abuse has become alarmingly commonplace in our society. While information abounds about the many consequences of alcohol and drugs, more people experiment with addictive substances than ever before. Although addiction has become a pressing issue and addiction information has greatly increased, people still use substances in unhealthy ways. Surveys show that at any given…

In this modern day, all of our activities revolve around technology. Social media is the new norm of communication, and most people would not be able to work or complete vital daily tasks without their smartphones or laptops. Many people accept that most individuals have some type of social media account: whether it is Facebook,…

The experience of having an addicted loved one presents challenges for a number of reasons, such as continuous denial of an addiction that he or she cannot hide, pushing family and friends away, and exhibiting behaviors that have ever greater implications for those around him or her. For the loved ones of an addict, the…