The risks associated with drinking and driving have been well documented. In fact, according to the CDC some 30 people die each and every day in the U.S. in a crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver. If that statistic isn’t enough to get people to seriously consider the effects of drinking and driving, it’s hard to […]
No one deliberately sets out to become addicted to opiates, but it happens, sometimes as the result of medication prescribed following an injury or medical procedure. Opioids include morphine, OxyContin, codeine and heroin to name a few. Opiates are used to treat pain. Opium comes from the poppy plant. Withdrawal When withdrawing from this substance [...]
Some individuals possess what are called concurrent disorders. Individuals with concurrent disorders possess both a mental health illness as well as an addiction. Some individuals who are depressed drink to mask their depression. Conversely, many alcoholics become clinically depressed over time because alcohol is a depressant and it changes their brain chemistry to produce chronic [...]
Dear Mr. Dad: A few weeks ago, you wrote about how PTSD after deployment affects spouses in addition to servicemembers themselves. You talked a little about how it affects kids too. But what about families where PTSD isn’t an issue? My brother is in the Army and he and his wife are both being deployed in a few weeks. Their two children, a boy age 11 and a girl age 13, will be staying with my husband and me. How do kids do during the actual time when dad or mom is deployment?
Years ago, in a bold attempt to release some of my own inner turmoil, I set out to gain a better grasp on the issue of addictions. John Bradshaw’s now legendary work with addiction, family systems and the shamed “inner child” had moved me deeply and sent me scurrying to the first series of codependency [...]
Eighty-six percent of American high-school students say that their classmates are doing drugs, drinking, and smoking during the school day, according to the 2012 National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.