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…

Substance abuse has become alarmingly commonplace in our society. While information abounds about the many consequences of alcohol and drugs, more people experiment with addictive substances than ever before. Although addiction has become a pressing issue and addiction information has greatly increased, people still use substances in unhealthy ways. Surveys show that at any given…

Reason suggests the more widely and socially acceptable a behavior becomes — even something illegal in most states — the more likely those who adapt the behavior are to think said behavior is harmless. Certainly those who use marijuana recreationally are inclined to hold to that opinion. But according to a recent study by researchers…

Today, most of life’s activities revolve around technology. Social media is the new norm of communication; and for most, completing vital daily tasks without smartphones or laptops is impossible. The majority of people have some type of social media account. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are the way everyday people interact with the world. According to…

The reason so many people battling addiction don’t end up getting help is because they are often misunderstood, sometimes even by their primary care physicians. Certain myths about addiction have been propagated for well over a century despite loads of scientific evidence that dispelled these false ideas years ago. Here are six such myths and…

Relapse can happen to anyone trying to maintain a sober life. Sometimes the triggers can come from problems beyond your control. Whatever the reason for your relapse, you need to know how to get back on track. Take the following tips with you as you step back into sobriety. Stay Sober For The Next 24…