Perfectionism And Suicide Risk – How To Help

Perfectionism And Suicide Risk – How To Help

By Eric Metcalf, MPH @EricMetcalfMPH Perfectionism is associated with a number of mental health concerns including suicide, and the link between perfectionism and suicide may be even stronger than previously thought. That’s the conclusion of a study published in the September 2014 issue of the journal Review of General Psychology. In it, the authors note […]

How Not To Help Your Addicted Child

How Not To Help Your Addicted Child

When you realize your child has a problem with drugs or alcohol or unhealthy behaviors, you probably want to make things better. Your job as a parent from the time he was small was to protect him and take his hurt away. You’ve always tried to help him solve his problems. You can see that […]

Addiction And Keeping Secrets

Addiction And Keeping Secrets

By Jeanene Swanson “You’re only as sick as your secrets.” This is a familiar saying to many in 12-step recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. In fact, alcoholics and other addicted people are coached in the 5th step of these programs to reveal their secrets to another trustworthy individual in order to move forward in […]

Why Is Denial A Common Part Of Substance Abuse?

Why Is Denial A Common Part Of Substance Abuse?

By Eric Metcalf, MPH @EricMetcalfMPH Often seeing isn’t believing for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Denial is a common response for people with addictions. They may deny that they have a substance abuse problem. They may refuse to see that their behavior is having a harmful effect on themselves or their loved […]

Ecstasy Effects And Addiction

Ecstasy Effects And Addiction

Party drugs are the kinds of substances that teens, young adults and adults tend to use without thinking about safety concerns. Drugs like ketamine, LSD, ecstasy or MDMA, synthetic marijuana, GHB and others are common at parties, clubs and raves and users pop them like candy. The general attitude is that these drugs are not […]

Women Affected By Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Need Residential Care For Own Substance Abuse

Women Affected By Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Need Residential Care For Own Substance Abuse

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the collective name for a group of conditions stemming from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Potential consequences of these conditions include congenital (present at birth) changes in physical appearance, behavioral difficulties, diminished academic performance and permanent mental/intellectual skill deficits. In a study published in 2014 in The International Journal of […]