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: Why It’s a Progressive Disease

Addiction: Why It’s a Progressive Disease

Cunning, baffling and powerful – that’s how many describe addiction, which is truly a horrific disease. It’s also progressive. Once a person is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, the disease gets worse if the person remains in active addiction. A vicious cycle takes...
What it Feels Like to Have an Addiction

What it Feels Like to Have an Addiction

For those who don’t suffer from drug and alcohol addiction, it is very hard to understand this disease. I have almost 20 years in recovery and sometimes it still baffles me. During the past three and a half years, we have helped hundreds of people recover. It’s a...
Chasing Dragons

Chasing Dragons

For someone in the grips of drug and alcohol addiction, the compulsion to use is fierce. With some substances such as crack, many refer to chasing the high as “chasing the dragon.” Alcohol was my substance of no choice. Having worked with hundreds of suffering...