schizophrenia in alcoholics

Symptoms of Schizophrenia in Alcoholics


Since addiction has many psychological symptoms, many have wondered whether it could be caused by mental disorders, especially when recognizing symptoms of schizophrenia in alcoholics.. Conversely, one might also wonder if it’s not an addiction that’s the result of some other, preexisting affliction. Moreover, there’s evidence to indicate some possible relationship or correlation between alcoholism and […]

opioid epidemic

The Opioid Epidemic and Pain Medication Addiction: An Origin Story


As another year progresses, the opioid epidemic in the US wages on, claiming on average 120 lives per day. Opioids have overtaken gun violence and car crashes as a leading cause of death. As addicts and non-addicts alike stand in awe of the power these drugs possess, we are left to wonder: How did this […]

US Heroin Epidemi

The US Heroin Epidemic: How We Got Here and What Next


An increasing focus has been chronicling the addiction epidemic, particularly the heroin epidemic as it’s been referred to by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The following will serve as a concise recounting of the heroin epidemic, explaining how it is that heroin addiction has become such a major problem in the United […]

celebrity sobriety

Guess How Many Years Sober These Celebrities Can Claim


In recent years, rates of alcohol and drug addiction have continued to climb, causing profound deterioration to those who become addicted, leaving tragedy and heartache in their wakes. However, despite the infatuation that many have with the concept of celebrity, the fact remains that Hollywood’s A-listers are, unfortunately, not immune to the recent addiction epidemic. […]

family support

5 Ways Family Members Can Help Their Alcoholic Loved One


Knowing how to help your alcoholic loved one can be difficult, especially when alcohol consumption–even to excess–is still relatively nationwide accepted. Since alcohol is legally available to individuals of appropriate age, many underestimate the risks involved with enjoying alcohol. Although the majority of people who sometimes drink alcohol don’t develop problematic drinking behavior, the percentage […]

rock bottom

Do You Have to Hit Rock Bottom to Get Sober?


In many of the depictions of addiction, there’s often an emphasis on people who hit rock bottom and experience an overwhelming despair and desperation that are central to an addict’s daily life. For an addict, substance abuse becomes an imperative and one’s driving life force. In addition to the psychological dependency that comes with being […]

social media

Using Social Media in Recovery Helps Addicts Stay Sober


Using social media in recovery can feel like a vulnerable move for people newly entering sobriety, but it can also be the boost of confidence necessary to keep accountable. Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram can help build the kind of digital support system that can hold a recovering addict’s hand as they embrace […]

sex addiction films

Hollywood’s Idea of a Sex Addiction Film


Hollywood’s idea of a sex addiction film can border cliche and too sensationalized, but every once in a while, the movie industry gets it right. Drug addiction is a very serious disease that’s been portrayed in countless films such as Trainspotting, The Basketball Diaries, Permanent Midnight, and Requiem for a Dream to name only a […]

Drug Withdrawal Symptoms and How to Deal with Them

Drug Withdrawal Symptoms and How to Deal with Them


Many people who start using addictive substances have no idea how hard it can be to stop. But a sure sign of dependence on drugs and alcohol is what happens when the person stops using. When substances are regularly used, the body becomes dependent on them and builds up a tolerance for them. Users find […]

prescription drug addiction

Prescription Drug Addiction: Recognizing the Signs


Of the many mind-altering, addictive substances to which people can become addicted, one of the most dangerous is prescription medication, which is why it’s important to recognize prescription drug addiction as soon as possible. Like alcohol, prescription painkillers are legal drugs if they are obtained and used as they are intended. Unfortunately, painkillers are highly […]