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How Do You Know When College Drinking Has Become a Problem?

Drinking has become part of the culture for college students in America. Studies have found that college students drink significantly more than their non-matriculating peers. One national survey found that nearly 60 percent of college students drank alcohol in the past month and two thirds of those reported binge drinking--which is defined as four drinks in a sitting for women and five for men--in the past month. Although we mostly accept college drinking as normal,...

How to Spot a Relapse Before it Happens

Relapse is common in addiction recovery. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, between 40 and 60 percent of people who are treated for addiction will relapse within a year. A relapse has serious consequences. Most overdoses happen after a period of sobriety because people resume using drugs or alcohol at the same levels they are used to but they no longer have the same tolerance. Even if you don’t overdose, relapsing exposes...

9 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in America. More than 19 percent of American adults experienced an anxiety disorder in the past year and more than 30 percent of Americans will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Part of the reason anxiety disorders are so common is that the category includes several conditions, such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD, separation anxiety...

6 Lies Depression Tells You

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues worldwide. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than seven percent of American adults--more than 17 million people--suffered an episode of major depression in 2017 and 11 million of those had severe impairment from their symptoms. What’s more, at least a third of people who suffered an episode of major depression got no treatment at all. There are a number of possible reasons...

Why Family Involvement Matters in Recovery

It’s often said that addiction is a family disease. This can be taken in several ways. One is that addiction typically doesn’t come out of nowhere. There may be dysfunctional family dynamics leading to addiction or mental illness or parents may have their own issues with substance use and mental illness. The single biggest risk factor for developing addiction or mental illness is having a parent with addiction or mental illness. Families may also play...

Why is Treatment Management Important?

When most people think of treating addiction, mental illness, or eating disorders, they primarily think of the therapeutic elements. These might include inpatient treatment, individual and group therapy, family counseling, lifestyle improvement, and so on. These are the meat-and-potatoes elements of treatment but successful recovery is about far more than quality treatment. People who start researching treatment options for themselves or someone they love soon discover there are a dizzying array of treatment options and...

Mistakes You Can Avoid in Addiction Recovery With Support From Professionals

Addiction recovery, like any challenging undertaking, is as much about avoiding pitfalls as it is about doing the right thing. Months or even years of hard work might be wasted if you make a few bad decisions. Although a relapse doesn’t mean you have to start over from scratch, it is the time when overdoses are most common and it may take months or years to get back on track. However, if you are aware...

Life Skills for Addiction Recovery You Can Gain With Help

Learning life skills is an important part of addiction recovery, especially for young adults. Addiction is disruptive and many people spend their early adult years fixated on drugs and alcohol when they would normally be figuring out how to do basic things like find a place to live, find a job, and pay bills. Life skills may seem mundane compared to other aspects of addiction treatment such as therapy and confronting the underlying causes of...

Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

Everyone is anxious sometimes. Anxiety lets you know when you may be in danger or it can prod you into working on an assignment for work or school when you’d rather be watching TV. Anxiety makes you alert and prepares you to act. However, when anxiety gets out of control, it can really disturb your life. You start seeing innocuous things as threatening and start avoiding situations you think might be unpleasant. Having an anxiety...

Reasons You Need an Individualized Approach to Addiction Treatment

There are now more addiction treatment options than ever and it’s hard to know which one is right for you. A good program should have quality staff, safe, clean facilities, use evidence-based treatment, and offer aftercare to help you transition back to regular life. A quality treatment program should also emphasize the importance of individualized care. Always be cautious of programs that claim one approach works for everyone. There are many roads to recovery, but...