man suffering from anxiety and alcohol

Anxiety and Alcohol

There is a close connection between anxiety and alcohol use disorders. Many individuals who are battling anxieties often resort to alcohol as a means of relaxing their minds and easing the symptoms. However, chronic abuse of alcohol aggravates stress resulting in co-occurring disorders, which require dual diagnosis treatment. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and…

man thinking about problems with depression and alcohol

Depression and Alcohol

According to studies, alcohol use affects millions of individuals in the US because it is socially acceptable. Many people turn to alcohol when they cannot handle stress or face life’s problems. Some people choose to self-medicate using alcohol, which can gradually result in addiction. Alcohol can make you feel better temporarily, but the long-term effects…

man suffering from anxiety and depression

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental issues affecting many people in the US today. These illnesses manifest as complicated functional and emotional conditions. As such, it’s essential to learn more about these disorders, including understanding whether they affect you and how to treat them with the help of a mental health treatment…

woman wondering what is dual diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is the occurrence of substance use disorder and a mental illness simultaneously within one patient. A study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that there are approximately 9.2 million Americans with a dual diagnosis. Individuals with dual diagnosis may develop either condition first. The interactions between the two conditions…

Millennials Are Losing the Fight Against Overdose and Suicide

Millennials Are Losing the Fight Against Overdose and Suicide

The opioid epidemic is notorious for not discriminating. Opiate addiction has impacted individuals, families and communities from all regions of the country, all economic statuses and all age groups. However, one group hit especially hard by addiction, alcoholism and suicide is Millennials—those born between 1981 and 1996. A recent report co-authored by Trust for America’s…

Alcoholism and Young Adults

Alcoholism and Young Adults

Why Don’t Young People Reach Out For Help With Alcoholism? “Alcohol isn’t really a drug…” “Alcohol is legal!” “It’s not as deadly as heroin- you know what your getting!”   Many young adults who meet the diagnosis for alcohol use disorder aren’t seeking treatment, because they don’t think they have a problem. In a recent…

Depression and Addiction

Depression and Addiction

What is Depression? Depression is a common, treatable, mental health condition that affects 16.2 million Americans annually. Regardless of the large number of people affected, depression remains vastly misunderstood, ignored and stigmatized. Depression can cause those affected to feel extreme sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, trouble sleeping and over/under eating. Depressive episodes have symptoms that can last…