By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP Addiction has become a primary issue across the world. The United States is experiencing a drug crisis with the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic, meth addiction, alcoholism and drug-related crimes. Many people are talking about the culture of substance use in the US and debating what should be done to help…

There’s a prevailing narrative in addiction treatment that says a person only seeks help for their substance misuse once they’ve hit rock bottom. The narrative is so common, in fact, that it’s often seen as a necessary step for a person to change. This belief can be traced back as early as 1953, the year…

Although addiction isn’t exactly a new problem, it wasn’t until it became the leading cause of accidental death that the seriousness of the heroin epidemic really came into focus for the population at large. In 2015, there were over 20.5 million Americans over the age of 12 with substance abuse problems. As well, there were…

Another year, another round of changes for Medicaid’s funding of mental health treatment. Such has been the story for years now in Michigan. The reason goes back to a “rebasing” process enacted in 2010 as a way to balance the distribution of Medicaid for mental health services throughout the state. But critics, including patients themselves,1…

There’s no way around it: Drug addiction leads to broken relationships and hurts the people you love. When you were under the influence of drugs, you were not the same person. Addiction changes the brain’s chemistry, so you lied and manipulated others to feed your addiction. Now that you are not using drugs and have…

The United States is currently engulfed in its largest public health crisis to date. In 2016, it is estimated that upwards of 60,000 people died as a result of drug overdose with even more deaths associated with substance abuse in general. (That’s more than the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War.) It is…

While it’s often during one’s college years that a person really gains a sense of identity, we’ve come to associate the college experience with partying, drinking and doing drugs. In many cases, experimentation with substance abuse is a passing interest, but there are other times when it becomes a coping mechanism and leads to addiction….