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‘Scared Straight’ Programs Are Harmful, Studies Find

It behooves society and parents to do anything possible to keep kids off drugs. Preventing teens from trying drugs or from drinking means saving many of them from the disease of addiction, avoiding astronomical costs in health care and legal issues, and saving lives. Educational programs are not uncommon in schools, but their benefits seem …

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Why Do Only Some People Become Addicted to Alcohol?

The fact that some people are able to take substances without becoming addicted has long been a hot topic of research. This difference between individuals could suggest a biological or genetic marker for the development of addiction, which could therefore lead to a much more effective approach to treatment. A new study has looked at …

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Coping Mechanisms to Aid Your Recovery

Life is filled with challenges, interpersonal conflict, physical and emotional pain, loss, and stress.  It doesn’t matter who you are – no one goes through life unscathed.  Some people also experience significant trauma, be it a childhood scarred by abuse, neglect or the tragic loss of one or both parents; a near-death experience as an …

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Kindling Theory: Can You Turn Off a Potentially Fatal Mental Illness?

First, a Story Kassia is 16. She’s a smart girl, makes mostly As and Bs with an occasional C thrown in when she isn’t showing her best effort. She’s enrolled in AP English. She belongs to a group of girls who visit the mall regularly, attend football and basketball games, and take turns sleeping at …

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Next Step Prepaid Credit Card Can Help Addicts Gain Control

There are many tools available to assist alcohol and drug addicts with their recovery once they make the decision to be sober. Physicians, rehabilitation facilities, licensed therapists, support groups, and 12-step recovery systems such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are available to individuals hoping to kick a troublesome habit. Recently, a company called the …

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Relapse After Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

It took 50 years for my mother to finally admit that she had a mental health issue – longer still for her to accept out loud that she fit all nine of the criteria for borderline personality disorder. Now that she has, I feel emotionally validated by her for the first time, and because she …

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