By Patti Richards The struggle with drug and alcohol addiction is more than just an intense desire for a substance. People who are addicted develop a physical dependence on their drug of choice. No matter the consequences, they need it to feel normal and function. For some people, that means starting the day without a…

By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP As many as one in five American adults deal with a mental illness each year.1 If not you, then someone you know has probably faced some type of mental health concern. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a diagnosis that has been largely misunderstood and can be especially difficult for both…

Guest post by Ben Kaneaiakala, Founder and CEO, Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare Services You know what happens when you eat undercooked chicken or pork, right? Most likely you will end up with serious gastrointestinal distress because the meat was not thoroughly cooked. Half-baked chicken is a good analogy when considering addiction treatment without planning for…

On This Page: Personal Consequences Interpersonal Consequences Codependency Development Emotional Complications Codependency Consequences Who Becomes Codependent? Interventions Healing You care about your friend, your family member, your child or your romantic partner. You want to be there for them through good and bad. You want to make things better and easier for everyone. However when…

By Patti Richards I know rehab is the only way to get my life back. But who wants a mom that’s in treatment? But then, who wants a mom who’s addicted? No one, that’s who. When all the other moms are volunteering at school and their kids ask my kid, “Where’s your mom?,” what is…

By Patti Richards Heading back to college is usually be a time of excitement and anticipation. But when addiction has taken over every aspect of life, finding the courage to go back to an environment of partying and performance-enhancing drugs is challenging. For many college students around the country, starting the school year requires much…

The news has never been more saturated with America’s growing drug addiction pandemic. Its root system is not singular but complex, and the devastation of its impact on individuals, families, communities, the legal system and other facets of society can only begin to be measured. What we do know is that addiction is disease in…