Mental Health

Addiction vs Compulsive Behavior: What’s The Difference?

Addiction vs Compulsive Behavior: What’s The Difference?

Drug addiction is a chronic disease and mental illness一and scarily powerful ones at that. Addiction can cause us to continuously make choices that go against all instincts for self-preservation such as forgoing our need for shelter (and have us abandon the necessary...

Alcohol, PTSD Triggers & The Body’s Stress Response

Alcohol, PTSD Triggers & The Body’s Stress Response

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe mental illness when the brain relives traumatic experiences resulting in intense bouts of fear, anger, or other negative emotions (which can also cause immense physical distress). These instances are called flashbacks. Though...

The Stigma of Addiction

The Stigma of Addiction

Substance use disorder is an illness that has no shortage of difficulties. Admitting that someone needs treatment is hard enough without having to deal with worrying about people judging you for it. The last thing that anyone struggling with addiction wants is to feel...

Can Drugs Cause Schizophrenia?

Can Drugs Cause Schizophrenia?

Those who turn to drugs are usually looking for an escape from boredom or their problems—not to cause severe mental illness for themselves. Unbeknownst to the general population is that many of the same mechanisms that cause drugs to generate “highs” or other...

The Connection Between Stress & Alcoholism

The Connection Between Stress & Alcoholism

April is both Stress Awareness Month and Alcohol Awareness Month--and it’s no accident. The connection between stress and alcoholism has long been recognized by scientists and medical experts although discoveries continue to be made. In this article, we’ll explore how...

Recognizing The 3 Stages of Relapse

Recognizing The 3 Stages of Relapse

There are many things that might cause someone to relapse: stress, cravings, peer pressure, etc. When it does occur, however, it’s rarely out of the blue. Relapse is a gradual process that first takes root in the mind before it manifests itself physically as drug use....

A Guide to Depressants & Addiction

A Guide to Depressants & Addiction

What Do Depressants Do? A group of drugs that reduce arousal and brain stimulation, depressants may not actually be what you think. They do not directly induce what we all know as depression, rather they have an effect on the central nervous system that produces...

Alternatives To Benzodiazepines For Anxiety

Alternatives To Benzodiazepines For Anxiety

Anxiety is something that we, as human beings, occasionally feel in our lives. In fact, a little bit of anxiety here and there can be a good source of motivation. It can also be a natural warning system telling you when not to do something dangerous. Unfortunately,...

Dependence vs. Addiction 

Dependence vs. Addiction 

To many individuals, addiction and dependence may seem interchangeable; this, however, is far from the truth. The difference is somewhat tricky to comprehend because some define the two differently or completely disregard them concerning substance use disorder....

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