Mental Health

There is a significant correlation between addiction and mental health. One could even argue that in order to understand addiction, you must have insight into a user’s mental state. Learn more about the connection between mental health and substance use disorders.

Why Using Alcohol To Cope with Stress Doesn’t Work

Alcohol is often touted as a do-it-all wonderdrug that can fix any unpleasant situation, particularly, the stressful ones. Songs, movies, tv shows, and advertisements all perpetuate this notion that alcohol makes things better. While it can make you feel good at the...

How to Cope with Depression (Without Drugs)

The physical and psychological effects of drug and alcohol withdrawal are frequent topics of discussion. Less frequently addressed, however, is the emotional toll of withdrawal. Depression is a fairly common withdrawal side effect for heavy and long-term substance...

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How Are Depression and Alcoholism Connected?

What Classifies As Depression? There is still a lot of misinformation regarding what is and what isn't depression. Because of this, many people suffering from a depressive disorder might never be diagnosed, which is an issue as bad as it would be with any illness that...

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Narcissism: It’s Roots in Drug Addiction and Dependence

Narcissism: It’s Roots in Drug Addiction and Dependence

There’s no shortage of people on this earth who suffer from a dangerously inflated sense of ego. Sometimes our ego tells us that we are better than others. Strangely, however, our ego sometimes manifests itself in negative ways. For instance, ego is what causes many...

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Emotional Abuse and Addiction/Codependency

Emotional Abuse and Addiction/Codependency

  Both addicts and codependents often find a need to do some serious soul-searching upon entering recovery. In doing so, we often learn that our problems started long before we initially thought they did. Quite often, some of our behavior patterns first presented...

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A Message to Abuse Survivors

A Message to Abuse Survivors

TRIGGER WARNING: As you may have guessed from the title, this article and some of its imagery may be difficult for some people to digest. Use your discretion in determining if this applies to you. If you are currently suffering abuse, call the National Domestic...

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Overcoming Tragedy at Amethyst Recovery

Overcoming Tragedy at Amethyst Recovery

Today, America celebrated Memorial Day. Families all over the nation gathered together to honor both our surviving and fallen veterans. Some of these celebrations were quite joyous, revolving around a loved one who only recently returned from overseas. Others,...

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Why Cannabis Addiction is More Dangerous Than You Think

Why Cannabis Addiction is More Dangerous Than You Think

It may sound strange to some people that treatment centers receive patients who are addicted to marijuana, but they most definitely exist. While many people defend cannabis as being non-addictive, there is no shortage of marijuana users who experience physical...

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What Marvel’s Punisher Teaches Us About Mental Obsession

What Marvel’s Punisher Teaches Us About Mental Obsession

Today’s article is a little outside the box, but it should be fairly topical for those who had a chance to binge on the second season of Daredevil this weekend. This season of the popular Netflix series introduces a Marvel character by the name of Frank Castle, better...

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Guilt: The Heaviest Load You’ll Ever Carry

Guilt: The Heaviest Load You’ll Ever Carry

Not long ago, one of our staff had a friend post on Twitter to pose a difficult question. She wanted to know why, as bad as it feels to be accused of something which you have not done, it always feels worse to have actually done something wrong. The staff member in...

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Sex Addiction Is About More Than You Think

Sex Addiction Is About More Than You Think

We recently covered lust in our series on the Seven Deadly Sins, but we did not mention one seemingly related topic: sex addiction. To some, this would seem like a notable omission. That said, it was actually very intentional. We left it out primarily so that we could...

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Accepting Loss in Recovery

Accepting Loss in Recovery

We all lose things. Even people. These things and people may be quite dear to us, or they may be things without which we can live quite happily. But no matter what the circumstances, each and every one of us will encounter loss at some point in our lives. To expect...

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Emotional Disturbance: Highs and Lows

Emotional Disturbance: Highs and Lows

If there is one thing for which addicts and alcoholics are not widely known, it is our emotional stability. We may have our good days. We may spend years as high-functioning addicts and alcoholics, able to appear normal despite our intoxication. At times, we may even...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and You

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and You

This is a time of holiday cheer for many, yet there are some who react to the holiday season with absolute chagrin. While certain people may have various reasons for feeling a bit down as the winter arrives—separation from family, financial troubles that make it hard...

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The Disease Model of Addiction

The Disease Model of Addiction

We often refer to addiction and alcoholism as a disease, but what do we mean by that? We certainly aren’t talking about some airborne, Outbreak-style virus. Some non-addicts despise the disease model, as they believe it to be a mere excuse for destructive behavior....

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