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The Harmful Effects of Alcohol Addiction

The Harmful Effects of Alcohol Addiction

Most people know that drinking too much may harm their health, though most don’t know that alcohol addiction may have negative effects on their physical, mental and emotional health. It may also disrupt family relationships and cause lasting emotional pain. Alcohol use has become so normalized in social settings that many individuals and families experience … Read more

How Long Does It Take Your Brain to Recover From Addiction?

How Long Does It Take Your Brain to Recover From Addiction?

Many people who have started using addictive substances are not aware that the harmful chemicals found in drugs and alcohol may change brain chemistry. A person’s brain goes through substantial changes, especially before age 25. The brain’s neurotransmitters are capable of adapting while seeking balance in its production of dopamine, and interrupting this process with … Read more

Caregiving for Someone Recovering from Addiction and Mental Illness

Caregiving for Someone Recovering from Addiction and Mental Illness

Just as a person’s substance addiction may impact a family’s everyday life and social relationships, recovery from addiction concerns families and communities. Lack of family support can create a gap in care for recovering individuals. In situations when a relative needs to step in as a caregiver for someone recovering from addiction, they must understand … Read more

Why Are Overworked People More Susceptible to Substance Addiction?

Why Are Overworked People More Susceptible to Substance Addiction?

Overwork (working for more than 40 hours a week) can increase the risk of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Work addiction does not yet have a definition with much consensus within the medical community, but it is an existing problem that can bring stress which often seeks an outlet through drugs and alcohol. Understanding how … Read more

How Is Divorce Related to Youth Addiction?

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Adolescence and young adulthood are times when people are more likely to begin experimenting with drugs and other substances. There are many factors at play in this experimentation, such as traumatic childhood experiences or other mental health issues. One factor is common to many instances of adolescents getting into drugs or alcohol: parental divorce. The … Read more

Is COVID-19 Unemployment Causing Addiction?

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The seemingly endless months of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a dramatic rise in mental health issues and addiction among young people and working adults. Alongside social isolation and other public health measures, structural unemployment due to the pandemic has become a significant contributor. Raising awareness of how unemployment and addiction can be closely … Read more