isolation and addiction

Isolation and Addiction During the Pandemic

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How Social Isolation Can Lead to Substance Abuse Oh what a lonely year it has been. You know you are in trouble when the only voice you hear is your own. During the pandemic we have truly felt alone. From the isolation came mental health issues……
relationships after rehab

Do Relationships Get Better after Rehab

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One of the most tragic outcomes of active addiction is the damage it does to your primary relationships, especially the one with your partner or spouse. Addiction can take a serious toll on a couple, leaving a long trail of broken promises,…
OCD and Drug Abuse

The Connection Between OCD and Drug Abuse

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is within the anxiety spectrum of disorders. Individuals with OCD experience recurring and irrational obsessive thoughts that produce feelings of distress and anxiety. To alleviate the anxiety caused by the…
Depression and Alcoholism in Women

Depression and Alcoholism in Women

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Alcohol is a perennial favorite among individuals who suffer from depression, including women. The substance provides a respite from the symptoms of depression, such as feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or despair, replacing these emotions,…
help for alcoholism and depression

Help for Alcoholism and Depression

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Like a peanut butter and jelly, alcoholism and depression often coexist together. On their own, either depression or alcoholism is a devastating disorder. Together, these comorbid disorders seem to feast off each other, each worsening the symptoms…
Heroin and Fentanyl

The Deadly Combination of Heroin and Fentanyl

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About four years ago there was a sudden surge in overdose deaths, at the time attributed to heroin. It wasn’t clear why the drastic uptick in heroin overdoses were happening at first. Eventually, the answer came: Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic…
Effects of Drug Use and Mental Health

Effects of Drug Use and Mental Health

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The connection between drug use and mental health disorders is a powerful one.  Drug and alcohol addiction is itself included in the list of mental health disorders as defined in the DSM-5.  The presence of a co-occurring mental health disorder,…