Category: Substance Abuse


Does the LGBTQ Community Engage in More Drug Abuse?

We are all familiar with the opiate crisis currently engulfing the United States. However, do you know that Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services studies have proven substance abuse rates are 20-30% higher among LGBT youth than in the general…


Can the Opiate Epidemic Be Ended?

Opiates have been around forever, so why does it suddenly seem like use and abuse of the drug has become an epidemic? Is it just doctors over-prescribing the medications? Many young kids use alcohol and consider marijuana to be a…


The Dangers of Preteen Drug and Alcohol Abuse

There are many statistics and articles on the internet about teen substance abuse, but what about preteens? Do you realize how common it is for preteens to engage in drug and alcohol abuse? Parents might be surprised to find out…


Important Things to Know About Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Mental illness and substance abuse touch every demographic of society, but there are strong links between poverty, mental illness and harmful substance abuse. Addicted people often fluctuate between manic highs and epic lows and in order to mask these emotions,…


An addiction is anything you have to hide

A many-faceted challenge for families, interventionists, and other addiction pros alike is defining an addiction. We have textbook definitions. We have tests. But when it comes down to addressing the addiction with an addict in denial that he or she…


Morris. Ammonia. Dead. (But the Stigma is Not Dead)

In Rude English, the corpses began stacking up around me…. After several relapses, followed by almost a dozen years of continuous sobriety, I decided to take an early retirement, still working part-time, however. The year previous, a good half-dozen recovery group members…

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