Recreational marijuana is now legal in nine states, including Colorado and Nevada, and medical marijuana is now legal in 31 states, including New Mexico. The stigma attached to marijuana is fading and it is becoming more socially acceptable. While preliminary studies have not found significantly more people are using marijuana after it becomes legal, that… Continue Reading 6 Misconceptions About Marijuana
One major risk factor for depression is chronic illness, especially illnesses that involve pain. Studies have found that depression is common among people who suffer from arthritis, both rheumatoid arthritis and age-related osteoarthritis. The connection between these conditions is not yet clear, and is likely complex. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects people… Continue Reading The Link Between Arthritis and Depression
Many people have a “work hard, play hard” attitude toward drinking. They may drink very little or not at all during the week, then binge on the weekends. They often feel like this is a way of relaxing after a hard week. Typically, weekend drinkers don’t think of themselves as having an alcohol use issue.… Continue Reading Can You Have a Drinking Problem if You Only Drink on Weekends?
Detoxing is perhaps the most important part of recovery because you have to go through it to even get started. If you’ve struggled with addiction for a while, the prospect of detox can be intimidating. Fear of withdrawal keeps many people trapped in addiction and it’s understandable to be anxious going into it. However, the… Continue Reading 5 Things You Should Know About Detox
One thing most people don’t realize about depression is that people who are depressed typically make worse decisions. Faced with some problem or opportunity, depressed people more often make a choice that will be worse for them in the long run. There are several reasons for this. One reason is that they typically have a… Continue Reading How to Make Better Decisions, Even if You’re Depressed
Surveys show that more than half of Americans drink regularly. Depending on the survey, between 51 and 73 percent of Americans drink regularly, and that number may be growing, especially among women and minorities. Somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of regular drinkers will develop a serious alcohol use disorder. With drinking so common, it… Continue Reading How Do You Know When Your Drinking Has Become a Problem?
Negative beliefs about yourself can cause many problems in your life. They make you prone to developing anxiety and depression, they keep you from taking on new challenges, and they harm your relationships. They may keep you mired in depression, anxiety, or addiction if you believe there’s no way you can get better. Even if… Continue Reading How to Change Negative Beliefs About Yourself
Alcohol is by far the most misused substance in the world. Most of us know at least one person who has an alcohol use disorder, and we may know other people who have issues we don’t even know about. You may know someone who is recovering from an alcohol use disorder. If so, here are… Continue Reading How Can You Support Someone Recovering from Alcohol Addiction?
All parents worry about their young adult children for many reasons. They’re becoming more independent, getting ready to leave home–if they haven’t already, and dealing with the pressures of getting started in life. Parents may also worry that their young adult children are using drugs or alcohol. Parents often feel conflicted on this topic. Most… Continue Reading 6 Ways to Keep Your Young Adult Child from Getting Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol
Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of depression alternating with periods of elevated mood, sometimes mania that requires hospitalization. Each of these periods may last weeks or months and may change without warning. Someone can be so depressed she can hardly get out of bed and a few days later she may have a lot… Continue Reading What Causes Mood Swings in People with Bipolar Disorder?