On This Page: What Is Oppression Link to Substance Use Successful Treatment 24-Hour Hotline Depression is a serious psychological disorder that often has significant physiological underpinnings. Contrary to popular misconceptions, a depressed person is not necessarily simply sad. Depression involves an imbalance of critical brain chemicals that manage mood, emotional processing, memory function, impulse control, and…

“Party drugs” seem to imply fun, worry-free times. And lots of people see LSD as a relatively harmless drug. You or your friends may have even take one or both together without seeming to experience any problems. So what’s so dangerous about mixing the two? Is LSD a Safe Drug? It may be nearly impossible…

Oxycodone is an opioid narcotic painkiller that has become famous for its addictive properties. Like other opioid drugs, oxycodone has many life-threatening effects on physical health. It can also cause major problems for emotional health, relationships, finances, and mental health. Long-term use of oxycodone will rewire the brain to some extent, although these changes can…

On This Page: Getting Clean Quitting Safely Safe Recovery Options The severity of withdrawal for any substance depends on many factors, including the length and depth of addiction, the individual’s personal health and more. The more serious the methadone use, the worse the withdrawal. Because withdrawal symptoms and severity are unpredictable, patients should always undergo…

On This Page: Physical Aspects Psychological Aspects Preparing for a Confrontation When to Consider an Intervention Finding Help   Alcoholism is a frightening disease for both the one addicted to alcohol and those who love him or her. The psychological aspects of this deadly condition often prevent those using alcohol from being aware of or…

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…