Substance abuse can affect any individual, but there are people who are more predisposed to addiction due to mental illness and genetics. Common mental illnesses that often coincide with substance abuse range from mood disorders such as depression to personality disorders like schizophrenia. This isn’t to say that all people with mental illness will form…

Over 20 million Americans find themselves deep in the trenches of drug and alcohol abuse. Without hope and healing, many of these individuals will continue destroying their lives. On an individual level, any kind of drug or alcohol abuse causes innumerable physical, emotional and psychological damage.  Close to 94 percent of users deny that they…

History is filled with wonderfully creative individuals who came to tragic ends. It’s so common to hear of artists struggling with alcohol, drugs or mental illness the link between the two seems almost undeniable. But does creativity really correlate with addiction or mental health issues like depression and bipolar disorder? Is there a scientific connection?…

In the early days of substance abuse treatment, the focus was on detox and “getting clean,” to the exclusion of almost everything else. As the field of addiction treatment has grown, professionals have come to understand that substance abuse is about much more than a chemical addiction. For lasting success, you need to treat the…

Alcohol-related deaths are up in America, and the cost of alcohol might be partly to blame. While no single reason explains why more people are dying from alcohol use, the relative cheap cost of alcohol now, compared to recent history, is a significant factor. Since alcohol is legal, its use in America is more widespread…

For those who haven’t battled a substance abuse problem or other addiction, just getting the hang of the vernacular surrounding addiction and the healing process can be a difficult undertaking at first. Even the basics aren’t always clear. Take the terms treatment and recovery for instance. If you’re in treatment, aren’t you going through recovery?…

While each generation of recreational drug users feels they invented the behavior, the substances they’re ingesting are rarely new. In fact, the use of hallucinogens dates back at least 2,500 years. On islands in the Lesser Antilles, archaeologists have discovered ancient bowls used for huffing hallucinogens. Other cultures also have long histories of using mind-altering…

For many who struggle with substance abuse, money is a powerful trigger. Just having a $20 bill is enough to send many users straight to a drug dealer. For someone with a substance abuse disorder, the use of money is connected to both getting high and to the stress that causes cravings. Because addiction chemically…