Billie Joe Armstrong Reveals Substance Abuse

Sometimes dramatic events convince people they need help. For Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, that event was a public meltdown on stage at the September 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Believing the band’s act was cut short, Armstrong exploded into an expletive-filled rant, smashed his guitar, and stormed offstage. The moment convinced Armstrong…

How is Personality Factored into Holistic Treatment for Alcoholism?

A British study examining adolescent drinking prevention reminds us personality plays an important role in addiction. Identifying relevant personality traits helps prevent and treat drug and alcohol dependency. The study, dubbed the “Adventure Trial”, followed 2,643 ninth graders over the course of two years. Addiction-Prone Personalities During the study, researchers taught teachers to provide targeted…

Drug Court Programs: Rehab over Imprisonment

Drug addiction and substance abuse often bring people into conflict with the law, leading to possible incarceration. During incarceration one may receive some measure of drug rehab, but all too often he is released with his addiction intact. Criminal judges see the same addicts over and over again in a continuing cycle of abuse, crime,…

Are You a “Secret” Alcoholic?

When people think of alcoholism, they typically think of the physical signs of drinking: unsteady gait, loss of coordination, loss of consciousness, and vomiting. They may also picture someone who misses work due to drinking, becomes violent when he drinks, or lies about how alcohol consumption. All of these may indeed be signs of alcoholism,…

Aspects of Addiction are Hereditary

Genetics and heredity provide possible explanations for why addictive behavior seems to run in families and why some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. However, actually identifying “addiction” genes has proven difficult, and most experts believe a combination of genetic factors, coupled with environmental influences, determines a person’s risk of addiction. A recent…

Dual Diagnosis: A Common, Complex Problem

On December 14, 2012, twenty-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza then shot himself in the head, taking with him any chance of understanding why he committed such a terrible crime. In the aftermath of the shootings, new media reported Lanza may have suffered…