Mental Health

The Hidden Pain of the Addicted Family

Dr. Tian Dayton, a survivor of an addicted family, gives a clear explanation of the ways drug addiction and/or alcohol abuse affect the addict’s loved ones. In the 1960s, when my Dad got treatment, we all thought that once the alcoholic got sober, the rest of us in the family would sort of get better …

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Homeless Internet star’s struggle shows addiction’s power

For many of us, homelessness, and the addiction and mental health baggage so often keeping its company, is someone else’s problem — a vexing community concern that can loom so large, and seem so hopeless, that worry and sympathy can feel like a waste of energy. In the shadow of that indifference, an entire community …

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Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired — A Major Cause Of Relapse

Folks who abuse alcohol and drugs often have problems controlling their blood sugar when they stop using. That can be due to poor eating habits, but it can also be due to craving the stimulation that we receive from eating sweets. (It can even be related to diabetes. Alcohol is particularly hard on the pancreas, the …

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Denial – What is it and how does it affect recovery?

When we become addicted, keeping the addiction fed becomes the number-one priority in our lives. The idea of giving up the drug(s) and associated behavior(s) that help us maintain our addiction is the thing that frightens us the most.  Because we do not want to admit how powerful the compulsion has become, and how it is …

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Charlie Sheen, Drug Abuse, Anonymity And The Facts Of Getting Sober

I was just talking with my friend Joe about Charlie Sheen and the show he’s putting on. I can’t think of a better example of the reasons for anonymity as the foundation of the recovery process. Let’s take a look at what Charlie is doing to himself and others. First of all comes what he …

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Researchers Believe Bartenders Can Help Vets

Illnesses such as PTSD and depression are often self-medicated with alcohol and other drugs.  VFW bartenders have unique relationships with a population that is often in dire need of support and treatment.  Now researchers at Ohio State are trying to leverage those relationships. Researchers…are seizing on the almost-familial link that VFW bartenders, many of them …

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New Study Shows Relationship Between Marijuana Use And Schizophrenia

A study just published in the Archives of General Psychiatry sheds some light on a relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia.  The research compared data from 83 studies of the onset of mental disorders, comprised of 8200 patients who were using alcohol and illegal drugs and 14,450 patients who were not. Most of the participants in the study …

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The Effects Of Pot Can Linger A Long Time After Getting Clean

I get a lot of letters on a personal site regarding an article I wrote about Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).  It’s one of the primary causes of relapse, and a subject that is poorly-covered in a lot of treatment facilities.  Because there’s also very little about it on the Internet, the article gets a …

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Kids With ADHD Show A Higher Risk For Substance Abuse Problems

Two recent large studies reflect growing evidence that ADHD increases children’s risk for abusing tobacco, alcohol and other drugs when they are older. Note: The article mentions a relationship between conduct disorder, in which juveniles show poor impulse control and a disregard for rules, and drug use in general — including alcoholism.  A careless reading …

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