For hundreds of years, people have suspected that alcoholism and other types of addiction may be heritable. In recent years, however, science has begun to show us – overwhelmingly, in fact – that if your parent has a drinking problem, there’s a good chance you may develop a problem with alcohol, too. Is addiction caused…

The holiday season means different things to different people. Even people who don’t ascribe to any particular faith want to feel the holiday spirit. Many traditions have become synonymous with the holiday season, but one in particular can cause problems for those in recovery. Alcohol is now a central part of holiday festivities, which makes…

Addiction recovery is never easy, but it’s even harder when you also suffer from chronic pain. If you have never had a problem with substance abuse, you could potentially be prescribed painkillers —  benzodiazepines, sedatives, and/or muscle relaxants — to achieve a better quality of life. However, if you’re in recovery from addiction, many of…

Recent years have seen the rise in popularity of several unexpected substances like bath salts, synthetic marijuana and W-18, which is the latest of these threats. These mysterious drugs often burst onto the scene accompanied by news reports and a sudden surge in overdose deaths seen in communities throughout the U.S and Canada. Just when…

Medications can pose a number of risk to a developing fetus. It is important for all possible parents to ask which medications are safe during pregnancy. This question becomes even more pressing when medications for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or any other mental health condition come into play. Certainly, mental health medications are necessary for…

For many young people, college is an important rite of passage into adulthood. Movies and books paint the college years as a time of adventure, hard work, and new relationships. But for some, the stress of college life can lead to struggles with mental illness. The adolescent brain makes a big leap in development before…

On This Page: Early Recovery Is About Self-Discovery Romantic Turbulence A New Kind of Dependency Unnecessary Distractions Finding Help 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…

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

Treating young adults for substance abuse and addiction requires a unique understanding of this age group. The young adult mentality, as well as brain development and a desire to recover are all part of the recovery equation. Lack of life experience significantly impacts a young adult’s beliefs concerning drug use. The brain is not yet…

Whether you think you know someone who is struggling with addiction, chances are you do. And the more understand about what makes it a disease, the more you can help break the stigma of misinformation that keeps those struggling with it from pursuing the help they need. The truth is, over the course of human…