Why Won’t We Ever Be Rid Of Addiction?

Why Won’t We Ever Be Rid Of Addiction?

By Meghan Vivo No time for natural remedies to help you fall asleep? Craving another helping of fries even though your doctor has told you to watch the saturated fats? No problem, science has got you covered. In a culture that has become hyper-focused on easy fixes, we expect a simple solution for every ailment. If a pill can give you […]

Odds Are, Pathological Gambling Runs In Families

Odds Are, Pathological Gambling Runs In Families

A recent study of gamblers in Iowa found that pathological gambling tends to run in families. According to the study, compulsive gamblers frequently come from families with other members who also gamble pathologically. In addition, pathological gambling appears to be linked to several serious mental health disorders. The Family Problem Gambling Study The University of […]

Is it Easier To Get Clean Or Stay Clean?

Is it Easier To Get Clean Or Stay Clean?

By Edie Weinstein After polling dozens of clients, I’ve discovered there is no definitive answer to this question. It depends who you ask. However, one thing is certain: neither getting clean nor staying clean is easy, and each requires an investment of time, energy and intention. Here are the stories of three courageous souls who […]

What Does An Eating Disorder Look Like?

What Does An Eating Disorder Look Like?

Eating disorders are a form of mental illness that seriously affects a person’s relationship with food and their daily eating patterns. A person with an eating disorder (ED) may consume very little (restriction) or they may eat large amounts (binging). Most often these disorders start during the tempestuous adolescent years, but they can start later […]

9 Surprising Facts About Depression

9 Surprising Facts About Depression

By Linda Wasmer Andrews Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. About 7 percent of U.S. adults experience depression each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). For those with a substance use disorder, the risk is even higher. People with drug abuse or dependence are about twice […]

How Are Codependency And Addiction Connected?

How Are Codependency And Addiction Connected?

The term codependency is one with a meaning that is debatable in psychology. Official guides, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, do not recognize codependent personality disorder as a true psychological disorder, but in many practical ways it does exist. The problem is that so many of us display characteristics of codependency that we […]

Substance Abuse And Disability

Substance Abuse And Disability

Whether a disability stems from an accident or a medical condition, such as multiple sclerosis or a serious mental health disorder, it often has a serious and negative impact on a person’s emotional well-being. In some individuals, that impact leads to the abuse of alcohol or drugs. Some want to numb the physical and /or […]