What is Complicated Grief?

Many people will grieve at some point in their lives; however complicated grief describes extreme, unhealthy grieving. Complicated grief is a condition where an individual is unable to move past the grieving stage and continues to experience intense feelings of loss and pain. Though it is not known what exactly causes complicated grief, it is […]

How Grief Affects Mental Health

Everyone experiences times of grief in their life, whether it is the death of a loved one or some other major life event. Periods of grief are normal, but even during healthy periods of grief the feeling can have an effect on a person’s mental health. Whether you are mentally healthy or suffer from a […]

How Chronic Illness Affects Mental Health

Chronic illnesses are those that are long lasting and persistent. They can take many forms, but some of the most common chronic illnesses include the following: AIDS Allergies Alzheimer’s disease Arthritis Diabetes Heart disease These illnesses and many other chronic conditions can have a profound effect on a person’s life and affect how he or […]

Digestive Issues and Drug Abuse

The gastrointestinal tract is a complex system of organs that includes the stomach, intestines, mouth, and esophagus, and it is susceptible to numerous diseases and digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome, reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcers, gallstones, lactose intolerance, and celiac disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013, ulcers are […]

Why Are Some Drugs Illegal?

Drug use and abuse are not new phenomenon. Humans have long known about the potential positives and negatives of using various substances. Medicinal and recreational or spiritual use of various plants and compounds has been a part of society for centuries, but regulating this use is relatively new. As individuals began to specialize in the […]

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

When issues like jet lag disrupt the natural rhythm of the body’s biological clock, the brain and body may suffer significantly. The body has an internal clock known as the circadian clock, and changes in sleep activity can disrupt the natural ticking or rhythm of this clock. These rhythms are dependent on things like social […]

How Should I Pay for Rehab?

One of the first concerns many addicts have is the cost of rehab. Many people mistakenly assume that addiction treatment costs much more than it often does. Others fail to comprehend the many financial aid options that are available to them. Unfortunately, many addicts allow financial concerns to prevent them from seeking the help they […]

Dissociative Disorders and Addiction

Symptoms of dissociative disorders include secondary personalities, multiple personalities, amnesia and detachment. These symptoms often cause people to have little control over their actions, so patients may unknowingly or unwillingly abuse drugs to cope. The problem is that this can create an addiction, and someone who has both a dissociative disorder and drug addiction needs […]

Despair and Drug Addiction

Despair is an extremely common human experience.  Most individuals have felt despair during difficult periods with marriage, family, finances, jobs, and etc. Despair is a deep discouragement and loss of faith about one’s ability to find meaning, fulfillment, and/or happiness. Individuals suffering from despair believe they are unable to create a satisfactory future for themselves. […]

Adult Addiction and Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children

The relationship between a child and its parents is critical to overall mental health and development. It is during the first five years of life that a child learns how to regulate emotions, trust others, be sensitive to others’ needs and develop a healthy self image. Neglect during the first years of life often leads […]