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Is Alcohol a Depressant?

Many people drink alcohol to boost their mood. But sometimes, they feel moody after a drink instead. Because of this, you might wonder, “Is alcohol a depressant?” Understanding how alcohol affects your brain can help you benefit from alcohol addiction treatment.  Is Alcohol a Depressant? Alcohol is a recreational drug people usually consume for several…

Dual Diagnosis: PTSD and Substance Abuse

After a break-in and assault, a young woman self-medicates with prescription drugs. But not even the increasingly large amounts of narcotics can ease her anxiety. Sidney had been like most of the young women attending her prestigious women’s college; she was wide-eyed, eager and intellectually curious. Her parents described her as someone who “lit up…

4 Musts in Treating Dual Diagnosis

As the adult daughter of a mother with mental illness, it falls to me to keep doctors and sometimes even law enforcement apprised of my mother’s history and tendencies. She has been involuntarily committed into psychiatric treatment by police on at least four occasions, and has more than once been arrested as a result of…