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Does Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder Cause Drug or Alcohol Abuse?

Depersonalization/derealization disorder is a mental health disorder in which a person feels detached from their own body, mental processes, or surroundings.1 Temporary episodes of depersonalization/derealization are common in the general population. However, the disorder only occurs in about 2% of the population, and affects men and women equally.1 Though there are not many published research […]

Summer and Sobriety: 7 Ideas for Alcohol-Free Fun
Jul 17, 2023

Summertime barbecues and all-inclusive vacations seem to be synonymous with alcohol consumption. So how does an individual in recovery maintain sobriety when those around them imbibe—sometimes heavily? Try these 7 tips to stay sober—and still have lots of fun—during festivities and travel this summer: 1. Throw a Party Summertime barbecues and pool parties typically involve […]

Financial Cost of Alcohol Use: How Much is Alcohol Use Really Costing You?
Apr 6, 2023

Overt Costs of Alcohol It’s difficult to keep a running total of how much you spend on each alcoholic drink, particularly because prices vary dramatically. After all, the wine you purchase at a local store and consume at home likely has a radically different price tag than the same bottle you purchased at a fine-dining […]

Tom Arnold: Addiction is No Laughing Matter
Mar 17, 2023

Lights. Camera. Substance misuse? Yes, the third word in that Hollywood catch phrase uttered by millions is “action.” But so many film and TV careers of some of our most brilliant actors have been riddled with a checkered pattern of alcohol and substance misuse that seem to be just as front and center as their […]

Unique Challenges Women with Substance Misuse Problems Face
Mar 8, 2023

Substance Misuse and Women Biologically, women are different. Sex hormones may make women more sensitive to substance use. For instance, as a result of substance use, women may experience adverse cardiovascular and neurological effects differently than men. Additionally, certain substances may cause panic attacks, anxiety, or depression in women. Furthermore, research indicates that women, who […]

Why Alcohol Causes Hangover Anxiety (i.e., Hangxiety)
Mar 3, 2023

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, unease, and/or fear that’s often accompanied by physical feelings such as nausea and chest tightness. “Hangxiety” (i.e., hangover anxiety), on the other hand, involves anxiety-like feelings that occur after drinking alcohol, most often following a night of drinking. Studies have found that alcohol can cause anxiety, especially when consumed […]

Irene Rollins: Sobriety without Judgement
Feb 24, 2023

We hear it all the time: Substance misuse doesn’t discriminate. Each year, individuals from all walks of life—regardless of educational background, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or occupation—meet the criteria for a substance use or alcohol use disorder. In fact, in 2021, 16.5% of Americans aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder. […]

Dating After Rehab: The Do’s and Don’ts
Feb 23, 2023

Recovery is a very personal journey. For most, early recovery involves focusing on their well-being; establishing boundaries; finding a healthy routine; seeking and receiving support; growing emotionally, mentally, and perhaps spiritually. It’s a time for lots of self-reflection and self-help to re-establish a positive personal identity. By nature, humans are social beings, and healthy relationships […]

Sober Black Girls on Sobriety
Feb 16, 2023

Empowerment. Support. Sobriety. These three words describe the Sober Black Girls Club, a safe online community where Black women, girls, and nonbinary people can share their struggles with substance use and also find resources, inspiration, and motivation to help them—wherever they may be in their recovery journey. According to the 2021 National Survey on Drug […]

Winter Blues: Why Mental Health Worsens During Winter Months
Feb 9, 2023

As nice at it is to cozy up with a warm blanket and a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in the winter months, for some people, the cold-weather season brings a shift in mood. The limited daylight hours and gray days invite in feelings of sadness and fatigue. It’s typically a temporary […]

Mental Health and Black Men
Feb 1, 2023

When dancer and TV personality Stephen “tWitch” Boss died by suicide in December last year, the world was in shock. That’s because, outwardly, Stephen was happy, joyful, and positive. Those are the sentiments used on social media and news networks to describe the man who lit up the lives of those who knew him best. […]

Cara Santana: Addiction Isn’t in Fashion
Jan 26, 2023

Who couldn’t use a little escape from reality? Whether you lose yourself in a riveting novel or binging a television series, going for a hike or getting physically active another way, leaving to-do lists behind for a few hours isn’t a bad thing. For some, however, escaping reality isn’t a simple on-off switch they can […]

Tom Arnold: Addiction is No Laughing Matter
Jan 19, 2023

Lights. Camera. Substance misuse? Yes, the third word in that Hollywood catch phrase uttered by millions is “action.” But so many film and TV careers of some of our most brilliant actors have been riddled with a checkered pattern of alcohol and substance misuse that seem to be just as front and center as their […]

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