Depression

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Sober and Depressed: How to deal with depression once you’re in recovery

By | 2017-07-05T16:40:35+00:00 July 8th, 2017|

Getting sober doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to live happily ever after sadly. It’s a difficult battle to stay sober as your brain copes with a life without drugs. Most addicts will face depression to some degree because the brain’s chemistry has been changed. Many times, a person becomes addicted to harmful substances due to their symptoms of depression. Stopping the substance allows those repressed feelings to come back. Physically, drugs and alcohol sucked the vital nutrients from your body. No matter what substance you used, you likely neglected yourself in many ways, including your [...]

How Increasing Liquor Tax Can Decrease Drunk Driving

By | 2017-06-08T06:23:48+00:00 June 19th, 2017|

Drunk driving killed an estimated 28 people a day in 2015. In total, about 300,000 people get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol every single day. A grand total of 28.7 million people drove drunk in 2013, or about 1 in 12 Americans. Getting a DUI is a decent deterrent to driving drunk, as it punishes people harshly for putting themselves and everyone around them at risk. People who get a DUI may face jail time, revocation of their driver’s license, and steep fines for their actions. Yet those [...]

Let the Healing Begin: 11 Tips to Overcoming Emotional Abuse

By | 2017-09-18T18:05:12+00:00 June 16th, 2017|

Emotional abuse and substance abuse have a complex and oftentimes co-occurring relationship. In fact, 40-60% of domestic violence cases are suspected to have either been exacerbated by or stemmed directly from situations involving substance abuse. And since physical abuse is typically (if not always) accompanied by some form of emotional abuse, it stands to reason that drug use is directly responsible for emotional damage in a relationship as well. Beyond illicit substances typically being directly involved in incidences of this type of psychological abuse, victims are at an especially high risk of developing mental disorders [...]

Can Vivitrol Help Me Quit Using Heroin or Painkillers?

By | 2017-09-08T14:03:23+00:00 June 15th, 2017|

2,629,000 people ages 12 and older struggled with heroin and/or painkiller Substance Use Disorder in the United States in 2015, more people than the population of the entire state of New Mexico. Despite the small amount relative to the entire population, more than 2.5 million people is a significant number of people. The use of Vivitrol shots could help these individuals receive the treatment they need to get sober. Every year the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey gathers data on the presence [...]

7 Signs Someone Close to You Is Abusing Pills

By | 2017-06-30T21:48:34+00:00 June 9th, 2017|

Prescription drug abuse is quickly becoming one of the country’s most widespread and damaging problems to date. A combination of over-prescribing doctors and under-scrutinized medical guidelines makes it easier than ever to get your hands on these powerful and deadly pills. In fact, almost half of the population is currently on at least one prescription medication and over ten percent have used five or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days. In addition to the addictive qualities inherent in some of these medications is the fact that abusing them might be a precursor to [...]

Kelly Osbourne turned to drugs as an emotional escape from painful experiences in her life.

By | 2017-06-08T06:08:33+00:00 June 8th, 2017|

The Story of Kelly Osbourne and Her Addiction to Drugs Kelly Osbourne on her drug addiction: 'For me drugs were a coping mechanism that also fueled my self-destruction.' The rehab success of Kelly Osbourne is an inspiring story as she battled through emotional trauma to become the bright young woman she is today. Her story is about a chaotic lifestyle that simply became too much. Growing up in the spotlight at a young age brought her extreme success but there was also a darkness that nobody knew about. Her addiction to alcohol, opiate painkillers and sex [...]

Seeing the functional alcoholic signs and how you can help a loved one with their addiction.

By | 2017-06-14T20:39:59+00:00 June 6th, 2017|

Solutions to Help the Functional Alcoholic in Your Life The definition of a functional alcoholic is that although they have a dependency on alcohol, they are still holding down their job and maintaining relationships. At the surface, things might look great, but statistics on struggles families go through when parents are functioning alcoholics will make you think differently. Living with an alcoholic who seems functional may seem normal on the outside, but there are underlying dangers that can cause a lot of pain and destruction. If you are in a relationship with a high functioning alcoholic, [...]

Is Remeron (Mirtazapine) Worth the Risk of Addiction to Help with Depression?

By | 2017-05-29T21:23:41+00:00 May 21st, 2017|

Mirtazapine Use Mirtazapine is a newer medicine belonging to the group called tetracyclic antidepressants. Also, known as cyclic antidepressants, the original antidepressants were developed in the 1950’s. Although effective and a much better alternative than electroshock, they have been replaced by medications that have less side effects. The benefit of the medicine Mirtazapine and the other medications in the cyclic family is that they relieve extreme depression when other treatments haven’t worked. They do so by bringing chemicals in the brain back into balance. It helps relieve symptoms that go along with depression like loss [...]

Depression and  Addiction – Are They Linked?

By | 2017-06-20T17:14:30+00:00 June 26th, 2015|

It is critically important for people in recovery to understand that addiction is usually co-occurring with other disorders. In fact, even though addiction can be diagnosed on its own, it is frequently the end result of some other pre-existing causal disorder, such as anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and most often, depression. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, almost 64% of individuals with an addiction to alcohol meet the qualifications for a clinical diagnosis of depression. Why is this the case? First, both conditions – depression and addiction – are influenced by similar genetic [...]

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