The Dangers of Self-Medicating for Depression

The Dangers of Self-Medicating for Depression

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses on the planet. Approximately 300 million people around the world suffer from some type of depression, and without treatment, it can result in suicide. Depression manifests itself in various symptoms, including...
Addiction is Not a Choice

Addiction is Not a Choice

It amazes me how little understanding there is around addiction. Mountains of evidence show that drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic brain disease as well as a progressive disease. Over time and without effective treatment, the disease will get worse, often ending...
Is Addiction Genetic?

Is Addiction Genetic?

In my 40 plus years of working with suffering addicts and alcoholics, I have definitely seen a genetic component to the disease of addiction. Over the years, a great deal of medical research has been done around the genetics of addiction. We now know that certain...
Depressant Addiction and Recovery

Depressant Addiction and Recovery

Depressant substances generally work by slowing down the body and thus creating a sense of relaxation. Alcohol is one of the most common depressants. It is legal and widely available. Many who eventually become addicted start out by using alcohol in small amounts,...