Is Addiction a Disease?

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  To most medical professionals, the inquiry as to whether addiction is a disease is a simple one with an obvious answer. The medical response would be, of course, addiction is a disease. A disease of behavioral, psychological, environmental, biological, and genetic factors. This cannot be denied as what the individual is experiencing is clearly […]

When Should I Go to Rehab

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  One of the most challenging aspects of treating an addiction is being able to identify it in the first place. How do we know exactly when an addiction is present and, if it is suspected, when do we seek treatment for it? At first thought it may be hard to imagine that someone wouldn’t […]

Is Addiction a Disability?

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  Substance abuse disorder, whether it is alcohol use disorder or opioid use disorder, is a complicated and dangerous diagnosis that can wreak havoc on an individual’s physical health, personal life, and professional life. Addiction can occur due to a multitude of factors, including genetics and environmental traits. The decision to take the first drink […]

The Dangers of “Mommy Needs Wine”

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Mothers are constantly bombarded by messages that booze, a more than $252-billion-dollar industry in the U.S., is indispensable to our survival as parents. Mommy needs wine to get through the day. Or do we? It’s time to change the narrative around parenthood and alcohol as the “mommy needs wine” culture is growing larger by the […]

Celebrating the New Year in Sobriety

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As 2020 comes to an end, and as we gear up to enter 2021, many of us are left feeling confused, empty, stressed, and exhausted as this year has been one of the most challenging years in current history. The global pandemic has taken too many lives and livelihoods to count. Many of us no […]

Holidays in Recovery

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The holidays should be a time for gathering, celebrating, expressing gratitude, and reflecting. Still, they often bring stress and worry, especially to those struggling with underlying issues such as substance abuse. The first year of sobriety, especially during the holiday season, can be a sea of ups and downs. Emotions can range from gratefulness and […]

Veterans Day and PTSD: Mental Health Spotlight

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Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, is a day dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have served in the military to protect our country and our people. This historic, patriotic day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of World War I. These heroic […]

Red Ribbon Week for Drug-Free America

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Red Ribbon Campaign The Red Ribbon Campaign, founded by the National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth, advocates for youth education in communities and encourages youth participation in drug-free activities. The Red Ribbon Campaign is a weeklong campaign in October that began in 1985 and helps parents, teachers, and community […]

Addiction, Mental Health and Unemployment

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The COVD-19 pandemic has gravely impacted our mental health and addiction due to unemployment in more ways than one. The majority of individuals are anxious about the unknown, and millions of hard-working Americans are experiencing a financial crisis after losing their jobs. We are not only mandated to stay home, but we are mandated to […]

Being an Advocate for the Minority Community

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Minority mental health matters “July was first declared as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008. Since then, July has been a time to acknowledge and explore issues concerning mental health, substance use disorders, and minority communities, and to destigmatize mental illness and enhance public awareness of mental illness among affected minority groups across the […]