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The Thin Line Between Misuse and Addiction

What is the difference between substance abuse and addiction? If you’re concerned about a loved one’s drinking or drug use, it can be challenging to understand the distinction. Substance use disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis defined as use that causes serious impairment or distress. While this does not necessarily constitute addiction, addiction is considered the […]

Five Valuable Engagement Techniques to Help Screen and Treat Substance Abuse Candidates

If you suspect a friend or family member is struggling with substance abuse, talking to them about this issue can be challenging. These five techniques can help engage your loved one in a conversation about the issues they are facing and encourage them to seek treatment.

Open the Dialogue on a Positive Note

Start the conversation […]

The Growth of Substance Abuse in America’s Youth

Substance abuse is continually on the rise without discriminating against age. Reports of an 11-year-old girl overdosing on heroin shocked the nation, and studies are showing that children are experimenting with drugs or alcohol as early as ages 10-16 years old. Because substance abuse is wreaking havoc on families around the world, we need to focus on the epidemic […]

Recognizing the Early Signs of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse affects individuals from all ages and walks of life. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10% of people 12 and older have used substances within the past month. Understanding the signs that could indicate substance use and abuse will help identify family members or significant others […]

Serious Issues that Result from Substance Abuse

Drug addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is a dependence on mind-altering substances. When a person develops an addiction to a mind-altering substance, they continue to use the drug no matter the harm and serious issues the abuse causes in that individual’s life. The reality is that substance abuse can result in many issues that […]

A Disease That Does Not Discriminate By Age

A fact that many addiction awareness activists stress is that the disease of addiction does not discriminate. They speak about how a person can become afflicted with the disease of addiction regardless of his/her nationality, profession, economic status, or family cohesion. Age is a factor that is overlooked in that concept. Our mental image of […]

Four Steps for Problem Solving in Early Recovery

Have you ever had a dream that just shakes you to your core? I had a dream the other night that is still on my mind today. I was on a mini-vacation with my family. The air was cold and wet, and we were all dressed as if it were raining.  We were walking around, […]

Building Self-Esteem

One thing that’s true among addicts and alcoholics is the lack of self-esteem we have. We’ve spent months, even years doing wrong to ourselves, to others, and in the process we’ve beaten and broken down our spirits, our self-esteem, and diminished the love we have for ourselves. Sometimes, this can make recovery an even harder […]

How Does Legalization of Marijuana Affect Substance Abuse?

In states all around the country, marijuana has been a hot topic for a variety of reasons. Many states started legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Additionally, each state has shown to have quite a bit of economic growth because of it. According to an article from Forbes, the marijuana industry may produce upwards of 250,000 […]

Substance Abuse Prevention For Young Adults

One of the most difficult parts about being a parent is knowing how to prevent one’s child from abusing drugs. Programs like D.A.R.E. have proven to be widely ineffective for a variety of different reasons. For too long, parents have had misconceptions about the proper way to speak to their children about drugs and alcohol. […]