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What Role Do Neurological Pathways Play in Recovery?

What Role Do Neurological Pathways Play in Recovery?

Recent addiction research has proven that it is a disease of the brain. However, many people don’t yet know or acknowledge this fact. Even if you agree with this model, you may wonder why this disease is more powerful than other illnesses. Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease that impacts neurological pathways. Therefore, recovery … Read more

What Should Parents Know about Drug Policies in the U.S.?

What Should Parents Know about Drug Policies in the U.S.?

Many parents are concerned about the risk of their children developing substance use disorder (SUD) given the widespread access to substances in communities and the legalization of some drugs in the U.S. While people might think legalization is simply a yes or no dichotomy, there are several forms this kind of legalization can take, each … Read more

How Does Screening Among Adolescents Prevent Future Substance Addiction?

How Does Screening Among Adolescents Prevent Future Substance Addiction?

Adolescents who use alcohol heavily and early in life have a greater likelihood of developing alcohol use disorder than those who don’t, which can cause long-term impairment to their growth and development. Screening tools for substance abuse can help identify and intervene at the earliest possible stage to disrupt this progression. Effective screening and prevention … Read more

Why Is Low Self-Esteem a Risk Factor for Substance Addiction?

Why Is Low Self-Esteem a Risk Factor for Substance Addiction?

Did you know that low self-esteem and substance use disorder (SUD) are interrelated? Low self-esteem is a powerful risk factor for developing SUD, especially in younger people like teens. SUD often comes with co-occurring mental health disorders, and while low self-esteem isn’t a mental health disorder itself, it may be a symptom of some. Treating … Read more

Dual Diagnosis and Alcoholism Treatment

Dual Diagnosis and Alcoholism Treatment

You may have heard the terms “dual diagnosis” or “comorbidity” when it comes to talking about alcohol use disorder. These are phrases commonly used to describe co-occurring mental health conditions for people who also have an alcohol addiction. The link between alcohol dependence and mental health is complex because both conditions can cause, play off … Read more

How Does Substance Use Affect Pregnant Women?

How Does Substance Use Affect Pregnant Women?

Substance addiction among pregnant women has become a public health concern in the United States. Around five percent of pregnant women use one or more addictive substances. While most people likely recognize that this is not a good thing, not many people understand how substance use affects these women and their unborn children. Pregnant women … 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