dangers of binge drinking

Dangers of Binge Drinking

Most young people experiment with alcohol as part of their introduction into adulthood. This experimentation is expected, but more and more young people are delving into binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks in just a few hours, depending on your height and weight. When you drink this much, you…

stages of alcoholism

The Stages of Alcoholism

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in the world. Part of this is due to how society has come to accept and celebrate alcohol use. People drink to celebrate when they achieve something, help facilitate mourning when they lose something, and ease their nerves when socializing. People adopt lighthearted monikers like “wine…

drug addiction and family

Drug Addiction and Family

Addiction is an extraordinarily heavy burden to bear, no matter who you are. When you’re facing a substance abuse disorder or chemical dependency, it can be difficult to know where to turn or how to get help. Addiction can be very isolating. However, the effects of substance abuse are not only on the individual with…

is marijuana addictive

Is Marijuana Addictive?

In many states, including California, marijuana has been legalized somehow, including a medical or recreational purchase. Marijuana legalization has been discussed for over a decade, and many states are deciding to decriminalize or legalize it. Legal availability is not, however, equivalent to safety. Marijuana still carries some risk levels, and you should know the facts…

side effects of benzos

Side Effects of Benzos

Each and every substance use disorder is different, and every person struggling with addiction has a different story. When it comes to benzodiazepines, people may begin using them as directed and then graduate to abuse. Others may begin acquiring them and using them without a prescription. Benzos are prescribed for people dealing with insomnia, anxiety,…

self love in recovery

Importance of Self Love in Recovery

It can be difficult to love yourself in modern society, with airbrushed photos and posts about “perfect lives” on social media. When you struggle with addiction, this quest for self-acceptance and happiness can become even more difficult to navigate. Addiction can make you lie to yourself, and many people struggling with substance abuse disorders see…

living with addiction

Living with Addiction

Substance use disorder can affect people from every walk of life without discrimination. Addiction doesn’t care who you are or where you came from, although some experiences and information may put you at higher risk of substance abuse. When you begin abusing substances, it can be easy to believe that you won’t develop an addiction.…

functioning anxiety

Addressing Functioning Anxiety

The vast majority of people experience stress when preparing for an important date or trying to meet a deadline. Worry and stress keep you focused on achieving your goals and meeting expectations that you or others have set. However, if you have an anxiety disorder, these feelings of stress may be present most of the…

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In-Network vs. Out-of-Network

Health insurance is difficult for lots of people to understand. Getting insured and keeping up with what you’re covered for can be tedious and complicated. There are also many terms used in health insurance plans and discussions that may confuse the average person. For example, in-network and out-of-network aren’t in everyone’s day-to-day lexicon until they…