Recovering from Alcohol Addiction a Day at a Time

“Alcohol kills more teenagers than all other drugs combined.” Recent studies show that thirty-two percent of heavy drinkers over the age of twelve have also used illegal drugs. Loss of control, an overwhelmed mindset, and hopelessness affect the mind of someone who is suffering from alcohol dependency. Addiction does not discriminate against age nor race …

Teenage Marijuana Use: Effects on the Brain

“Decision making, concentration, and memory can suffer for days after use, especially in regular users.” (http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana) In the United States, believe it or not, marijuana is the most prevalent illicit drug used by teens and adults. The nation’s youth has caught on to a contagion, believing that marijuana is a safe drug, alluding to medical …

Diagnosing, Understanding And Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

What A Co-Occurring Disorder Is Individuals who struggle with substance abuse sometimes struggle with mental health disorders as well. Called co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis, they can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. Mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders are often entwined due to the ability of some drugs to mask or relieve some symptoms …

The Importance of Group Therapy in the Addiction Recovery Process

Fundamentally, group structures form the basis of all human relationships and interactions. Whether born into a family unit or into an alternative care system, humans are naturally wired to interact with each other from the start. As social animals, group formations are the building blocks of human existence, shaping character and providing a platform for …