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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. […]

Stigma and Addiction

BY: Ipek Aykol, LMFT License Number: 97315
What is stigma?
Facing and overcoming stigma is one of the major challenges for those who have addiction. Stigma is a discrediting negative attitude imposed by society on individuals for not being perceived as “normal”. Stigma evolves as a result of society’s fear, ignorance and prejudice towards people who go through […]

Costs of Addiction, Abuse, And the Value of Recovery

The price of addiction is expensive in a variety of different ways. First, the cost of addiction when it comes to your personal health and well-being can’t easily be quantified. Losing the sense of who you are through addiction is one of the worst situations that those suffering from this disease must face. The amount […]

What Are The Differences Between Residential Programs and Outpatient Facilities?

There are some very distinct differences between residential programs and outpatient programs that you or your loved ones need to know about before going to rehab. Equipped with the proper information, it will be easier to be able to make the right decision that will have the best results towards achieving and maintaining sobriety. In […]

How Does Addiction Manifest Itself In The Work Place?

When trying to recover from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it’s important to be extremely mindful in your recovery. Just because you have left behind the drugs or alcohol doesn’t mean that your addiction isn’t going to try to show itself in different ways. For many people, addiction can manifest itself in the work […]