functioning alcoholic

Getting Help for a Functioning Alcoholic

Millions of people worldwide have a toxic relationship with alcohol, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a readily available addictive substance that has permeated our worldwide culture. When one thinks of the word “alcoholism,” it’s easy to picture a few stereotypes, but those aren’t the only people that can benefit from an alcohol rehab…

addiction differences between men and women

Does Addiction Differ Between Men and Women? 

Substance abuse and subsequent addiction can have short- and long-term effects on the mind and body. Addiction is now seen as a brain disease that is caused by excessive drug or alcohol use. Addiction alters the biochemistry and anatomy of neurons within the brain, causing these essential cells to become less responsive to toxic substances.…

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Dangerous Side Effects of Oxycontin Abuse

OxyContin is the brand name of the drug oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid that is prescribed primarily as a form of pain relief. Today, it’s on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule II drug. That means that it has a high potential to cause addiction. Even when used as a doctor…

heroin addiction

Why Is Heroin so Infamous?

Heroin is a highly addictive drug with a long and rich history of narcotic and pain-relieving effects. Heroin is produced from morphine, which is an organic compound itself derived from opium, a latex substance that leaks from the poppy seedpod when damaged. Opium has been used in its original state for thousands of years. Evidence dates…

social media and mental health

Are Technological Advances Harming Us?

There is no doubt that technological advances have changed our lives. Think about some of the significant innovations within the last few decades that have transformed Western society. Cellphones and video chat allow us to quickly relay messages and keep in touch with family and friends that may live in another state or country. The…


Is Depression Really a Chemical Imbalance?

Everyone feels sad or down from time to time, but depression is an entirely different ballgame. Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, can be dark and lonesome for people who experience the disorder. It can feel like endless sadness, discontentedness, and hopelessness. Like a slug, hauling its sticky and slow body…