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Mental Health & LGBTQ+ Pride

Between Juneteenth and LGBTQ+ Pride, June has become a home to raising awareness about the experiences of two marginalized groups: Black Americans and those within the LGBTQ+ community. One group celebrates their freedom from slavery and the other celebrates their freedom to feel proud of who they are. Despite the fanfare and advocacy, there are […]

Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
October 28, 2021

Many individuals in the United States struggle with depression and anxiety. As a result, many of those who have  been appropriately diagnosed by a licensed therapist, or some other licensed medical professional, have been prescribed antidepressants in an effort to curtail the symptoms. And with October being Antidepressant Death Awareness Month, this is a great […]

“Dopesick” Series and the Opioid Crisis
October 21, 2021

There is no doubt that there is an opioid crisis in the United States. More than 70% of deaths associated with drug overdoses in 2019 alone involved opioids. We can all point fingers to place the blame on who we believe is responsible, but that won’t stop those addicted to opioids from misusing the prescriptions. […]

Does Job Burnout Lead to Substance Misuse?
October 15, 2021

It’s part of the human condition to get exhausted emotionally, physically, and mentally. Whether that exhaustion comes from a high-pressured career, the logistics of navigating through a global pandemic, or managing conflicts within relationships throughout life. Why do some individuals work to the point of complete exhaustion and perhaps turn to alcohol, prescriptions, or illegal […]

Professionals, Prescription Pills and Addiction
October 12, 2021

Addiction doesn’t always look like homelessness, getting arrested, being unemployed, or using illicit drugs. Although, sometimes it does. Other times, the picture of substance misuse is working professionals facing prescription pills and addiction. Addiction materializes in many different forms. And sometimes it’s not so obvious in certain social settings because the parties have become good […]

3 Signs of Substance Use Disorder
October 12, 2021

A substance use disorder (SUD) is a reoccurring use of drugs and/or alcohol, which leads to significant and clinical impairment. Determining the potential signs of such a disorder is not necessarily a diagnosis. Only a licensed medical physician or therapist can provide an accurate diagnosis. However, before even going to the doctor, it’s helpful to […]

How to Work Through Alcohol Addiction
October 1, 2021

Purpose provides direction and meaning. And for human beings, this can mean the difference between a healthy quality of life versus one that isn’t healthy. And the emotions that may arise from the latter may bring some individuals to the point of wanting to numb those feelings with the use of  drugs or alcohol. And […]

How One Medical Professional Overcame Addiction
September 29, 2021

Engineers. Lawyers. Accountants. Doctors. Nurses. No profession is immune to the disease of substance or alcohol misuse. The high regard that society holds medical professionals in is definitely a category that is well-earned and respected. However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t human and vulnerable to the obstacles that everyone else faces. Drug and alcohol […]

What Does Stepping Down, or Up, in Addiction Treatment Mean?
September 28, 2021

If you or your loved one are experiencing a substance use disorder and are looking into treatment options, you may be confused about the terms “stepping up” and “stepping down.” Addiction treatment occurs on a continuum, so stepping down in addiction treatment means going from a more intense treatment setting or program to a less […]

How a Celebrity Chef Overcame Alcohol Addiction
September 22, 2021

A bottle of wine. A case of beer. Multiple shots of whiskey or vodka. When an individual is struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) there seems to be no limitations on how much they consume in one sitting. And when mixing drugs with alcohol misuse, this can be a dangerous, and sometimes deadly, combination. […]

It’s Not All Fiction: 3 Series Show Substance Use for Real
September 21, 2021

The Queen’s Gambit Every evening, the girls at Methuen Orphanage in Kentucky line up to receive two pills – green and red. These vitamins, so they are told, are good for you. Hurry up and take them. However, a long-time resident, Jolene, advises Beth Harmon, the main character, to veer from this rule. Pretend to […]

Cocaine Addiction, Career, and Recovery
September 16, 2021

Feeling invincible gives an individual the courage to believe in the impossible, to take action, and inevitably to take risks. Channeled through a positive and calculated plan with a specific goal, this mindset may appear to be optimistic. However, if used recklessly while under the influence of drugs or alcohol such as cocaine addiction, it […]

Parenthood, Opioid Overdose, & Naloxone
September 15, 2021

Being a parent is challenging enough. But when the challenges evolve into a substance use disorder (SUD), it can be daunting. Parents may assume that they “know” their teenage son or daughter and may even believe that their child “would never” use drugs. The truth is, even parents who have provided a healthy and loving […]

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