The Link Between Alcoholism and PTSD

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? When it comes to alcoholism and post traumatic stress disorder, one might ask the same question, as increasing bodies of research are demonstrating a clear link between the two conditions. Unfortunately, both can lead to either — making recovery tricky, but essential. What is Post Traumatic Stress…

Does Alcohol Need Warning Labels?

If you are among the people who roll their eyes when reading a warning label that a coffee cup’s contents are hot, then you will likely wonder why some are reviving the suggestion that adding labels to alcohol bottles warning of addiction may prevent some drinkers from developing substance abuse problems. Does this need exist,…

Macklemore’s Past Drug Addiction

There’s no way to glorify this pavement Syrup, Percocet, and an eighth a day will leave you broke, depressed, and emotionally vacant. Those are the words to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s Otherside, a lyrical tale of the days Macklemore spent living with an addiction to drugs and alcohol. His inspiring comeback from substance abuse, capped…

5 Ways Addiction Drains Communities’ Resources

If you believe that substance abuse is a personal problem that only affects the individual, it’s time to examine the facts. The federal government estimates that the problems caused by addiction cost the U.S. billions of dollars every year in lost productivity, healthcare expenses, crime, and more. Crime “Every dollar spent on treatment leads to…

Is Society’s Perception of Addiction Changing?

Drew Barrymore. Eric Clapton. Robert Downey Jr. What do all of these celebrities have in common? They are all former substance abusers who beat addiction and earned professional respect after building successful careers. As more people come forward to acknowledge their addictions, the stigma of substance abuse — as well as the public’s perception of…

Does Your Son or Daughter Drink Too Much?

Discovering that your son or daughter is experimenting with drugs and alcohol is one of the scariest parts of parenting. For many kids, this phase passes by with no harm done. For others, unfortunately, it is the beginning of a steep descent into addiction that can cause years of personal harm. Here is a brief…

Prescription Painkillers: The Gateway to Heroin Abuse

Did you know there are more deaths every year from prescription opioid overdose than from either traffic accidents or homicides? All too often people struggling with opioid dependency begin their descent into addiction with a single prescription for Vicodin, OxyContin, or another legitimate painkiller. Then, as dependency grows, the user increases the dose and eventually…