Category: Addiction/Substance Abuse

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Understanding Alcoholism: Is It Considered a Mental Illness?

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a multifaceted condition that affects more than 10% of the population in the United States.1 While it isn’t categorized as a primary mental illness like depression or schizophrenia, it is intricately linked to mental health.  Alcohol addiction and mental health share a complex relationship. How do

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Breaking Free from Darkness: Jordan’s Lifeskills Journey

Meet Jordan, a Lifeskills alumnus, who courageously shares his remarkable journey of transformation. From a place of despair, Jordan found hope, healing, and a renewed sense of purpose at Lifeskills. Before Lifeskills: A Desperate Struggle Before I got to Lifeskills, I was in a pretty bad place. Emotionally, I was empty and wanted to kill

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Recovery Month: A Time for Celebration and Hope

It’s easy to feel hopeless and defeated when you’ve struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years. The addiction cycle keeps many people trapped for months, years, and even decades. One report from the National Institutes of Health revealed that 10% of U.S. adults have drug use disorder at some point during their life. The

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COVID-19 Sends Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocketing

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an incredible number of unpredictable circumstances and situations. From increased time spent at home as a result of such factors including job loss, children and young adults being home from school or college, and businesses of all kinds closing, the pandemic created unexpected situations for everyone around the world.

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Fun Summer Activities to Help During Recovery

Summer is fast approaching and people are getting ready for a few months of freedom and fun. It’s a time for warm days, barbecues, festivals, holidays, beach trips and more. Summertime provides the perfect time to gather with friends and family for socializing, relaxing, and recreation. For some, though, summer presents some additional challenges. Many

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Understanding Alcoholism During Alcohol Awareness Month

Each April marks Alcohol Awareness Month, a campaign to spread the truth about those trapped in the grips of alcohol abuse. Alcohol Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). NCADD encourages communities and organizations to put on events that raise public awareness and educate people on the prevention

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Alcohol Use on the Rise During COVID-19: What Are the Consequences?

As the United States settled into their residences amidst statewide stay-at-home orders, media outlets reported skyrocketing alcohol use during COVID-19. Headlines in major news publishers pointed to rising percentages of alcohol sales during March and April. Concern for the country’s consumption levels grew, too. Newsweek reported a 55 percent increase in alcohol sales over a

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Is Internet and Video Gaming Addiction real?

What does the word addiction mean? According to Merriam-Webster, it is the “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (such as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” Many people view addiction being associated with substances like food, drugs, or alcohol, but we know that is

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Suicide is on the rise. Is mental illness to blame?

Although global suicide rates have declined nearly a third since 1990, they are on the rise in the United States. According to data released in June 2019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US suicide rates are at their highest level since World War II.  Rates have increased an average 1% a

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The Most Common Myths about Addiction

By: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC Frequently, individuals that struggle with substance use disorders battle societal stigma and array of misconceptions about addiction in general, often causing a barrier for seeking treatment. There is progress being made to reduce societal judgment and clarify the myths surrounding substance use disorders. Unfortunately, this progress is happening slowly while

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