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What is an Enabler and How to Stop Enabling Someone

What is an Enabler?

It can be extremely difficult to help a person you care about who has a drug or alcohol dependence without becoming an enabler of their addiction. Most of us would do anything in our power to support a friend or family member in need, and that usually involves giving them food, a place to live, … Read more

Psychological Dependence on Drugs and Alcohol

Psychological Dependence on Drugs and Alcohol

Psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol is sometimes called emotional or mental dependence because it refers to the emotional attachment people develop with addictive substances or behaviors. While “physical dependence” involves changes in the body and brain due to chronic substance use, psychological dependence refers to the mental and emotional aspects of addiction. Gaining a … Read more

Dry Drunk Syndrome and What is a Dry Drunk?

Dry Drunk Meaning

The term Dry Drunk Syndrome, or simply Dry Drunk, refers to a person who quit drinking alcohol but still has destructive or unhealthy behaviors related to addiction. Avoiding the self-examination and emotional work necessary for recovery can leave a person who’s entirely sober feeling worse than they did before they quit drinking altogether. For an … Read more

46 Movies About Drugs, Addiction and Alcoholism

Movies About Drugs and Addiction

Movies about drugs, addiction and alcoholism can be hard-hitting and even triggering for some people. However, they serve as a strong reminder of how addiction can impact all areas of life for those in recovery. Being in recovery for drug and alcohol substance use is an active process that must be maintained daily to remain … Read more

Serotonin Syndrome Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

serotonin syndrome

Serotonin Syndrome symptoms are not something many people are familiar with, but anyone taking antidepressant medications or SSRIs for depression or mood disorders should be aware of them. In the last two decades, serotonin has become a buzzword associated with good health, and for good reason. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, that is … Read more

Red Ribbon Week Drug Prevention Awareness Campaign

Red Ribbon Week Drug Prevention Awareness Campaign

Red Ribbon Week is an essential awareness campaign held every year from October 23 to 31 throughout the United States to prevent violence and drug use by children and teens. As the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention initiative, it is beneficial way to create awareness and encourage kids to learn about the importance of … Read more

Is Mixing Adderall and Weed Safe?

Adderall and Weed

ADHD medications and marijuana are both commonly used by teens, college students, and young adults, so it’s important to understand the possible dangers and side effects of mixing Adderall and weed at the same time. ADHD medications like Adderall are in high demand because they improve focus, concentration, and productivity for students and professionals. At … Read more

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome and PAWS Symptoms

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is not a term most people are familiar with, although many in recovery know about the symptoms. It’s common for people with a substance use addiction to fear detox and withdrawal because of the uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms. The cravings, pain, and flu-like symptoms are a few of the … Read more

How to Increase Oxytocin Effects and Benefits

How to Increase Oxytocin

Understanding how to increase oxytocin naturally can have positive effects and benefits on the way we feel, our relationships with others, and even play a healthy role in addiction treatment and recovery. Oxytocin is sometimes called the “love hormone” and has a significant impact on our emotional health, happiness, and physical well-being. What is Oxytocin? … Read more