Although Carrie Fisher was most commonly recognized for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie franchise, fans also knew her as an honest and open advocate for mental health and drug addiction treatment and recovery. Fisher struggled her entire life with drug and alcohol addiction, and her honesty has been credited with helping many people overcome addiction.
Music fans around the world mourned recently when legendary singer Chris Cornell died at just 52 years of age. The singer was known for heading up the major 1990s grunge bands Soundgarden and Audioslave and was widely recognized for his songwriting talent, stage presence, and instantly recognizable voice.
A recent report states that Cornell’s family is disturbed by findings that Cornell ...
A recent report from Time magazine says that teenagers are using fewer drugs but are experiencing more depression. On the other hand, the report goes on to state that opioid use among teens has not shown any signs of slowing down.
The data in the report was gathered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which pulled statistics from two 2015 surveys conducted b...
Most people are well aware of the short-term effects of alcohol. It can make you disoriented, slower to react, and dehydrated. But alcohol harms your body in other ways that you may not necessarily notice right away. Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to an array of serious health problems.
If you’re struggling with an alcohol addiction, it’s important to understand that alcohol can have a...
When you think about someone who’s addicted to drugs, you probably picture someone
who doesn’t care about their health. It’s unlikely you think of a person who hits the gym, watches what they eat, and keeps a close eye on their physique.
Drug addicts aren’t supposed to care about those things, are they?
This is just one stereotype about drug addiction that is rarely ground...
Addiction takes a toll on both the addict and the people around them. If your spouse, child, or loved one is suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction disorder, you know firsthand how difficult it can be to offer support without losing hope — or your sanity.
It may be tempting to give up, but it’s important to continue offering support in any way you can. Here are several ways to remai...
In reality, drug addiction affects people from all backgrounds, economic classes, ethnic groups, and professions. There are construction workers, teachers, nurses, doctors, and college professors who have struggled with long-term drug or alcohol addiction.
If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, or you love someone who is, it’s important to realize that there is no one-size-fits-all defi...
While you don’t want to overreact, you also know that it isn’t something that you can just ignore. Don’t be afraid to confront your teen about their drug use and seek help for them. To help you, here is a list of mistakes that some parents make when dealing with their teen’s drug use and some tips on how to help your teen that is using drugs.
Hiding Your Own Past Drug Use
If you ever...
College students and alcohol have been closely associated forever. In fact, as many as 60% of college students report drinking alcohol, and nearly 70% report they have had a drinking binge within the last 30 days. But it isn’t only alcohol that students are using, addiction to illicit and prescription drugs are on the rise on campus as well.
Most Popular Drugs on Campus
Alcohol is, b...
Almost unheard of even just a couple of years ago, fentanyl has dominated news headlines lately. The drug received, even more, attention when iconic singer Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in April 2016. In 2016 alone, fentanyl deaths rose by 73 percent. In the U.S., opioid deaths have increased by 200 percent since the year 2000.
So what is fentanyl? And why has it claimed...