Definition of addiction

Addiction Education and Awareness

By Christa S. Nuber Did you know that each one of us has the potential for addiction? This doesn’t mean all of us will become addicts, but neuroscience reveals that all of us are wired for it, to some degree. All it takes is a certain environment or an unfortunate set of circumstances, and perhaps…

Man going through morphine withdrawal

5 Ways Shame Can Shape Your Life

By Frank Sanchez, PhD, LMFT, Clinical Director, Promises Young Adults Program We all experience shame in our lives. It’s a natural human emotion when you mess up, say something you regret, or disappoint someone, or if someone says something you find embarrassing. But for some people, shame can be debilitating, destructive and toxic. Shame can…

mental health therapist comforting teen at Promises Treatment Centers

The Difference Between Support and Codependence

The concept of codependency was initially used to define behaviors and relationships in family members of drug abusers and alcoholics. Similar patterns have been seen in family relationships involving chronically or mentally ill individuals. At one time, debates ignited about whether codependency was a dysfunctional relationship or a personality problem. Eventually, some studies contradicted the…