a woman upset with her friend who is showing symptoms of codependency

Symptoms of Codependency

With nearly half of all Americans having a close friend or family member with an addiction problem, substance abuse disorders impact a considerable number of people. Codependency is an unfortunate consequence of addiction, as symptoms of codependency are relatively common among those with a loved one who struggles with a substance abuse disorder. Psychoactive substances,…

a young teen sad about the connections between social media teens and substance abuse with her friends

Social Media, Teens, and Substance Abuse

Addiction does not discriminate, meaning anyone, regardless of age, can develop a substance abuse problem. While teen drug use and abuse have slowly declined over the past decade, 5% of teens have a substance abuse problem and do not receive treatment. Overall, nearly 40% of teens have experimented with marijuana at least once, while another…

a woman waking up and experiencing the dangers of designer drugs

Dangers of Designer Drugs

More than 30 million Americans have used an illicit substance in the past month, making recreation use and abuse of drugs relatively common in the United States. Illicit drugs include a wide range of substances, such as cocaine, heroin, and designer drugs. Designer drugs are lab-created substances and although some users may think they’re safer,…

a woman sad after learning her loved one has different kinds of addiction

Kinds of Addiction

Addiction is a powerful, cunning, and chronic disease that can damage your health, relationships, and finances. Substance abuse disorders don’t discriminate and they can impact anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender. All substances carry the potential to cause one of two kinds of addiction, making occasional and recreational use dangerous. Since the stages of…

a doctor explaining to a patient how motivational interviewing and addiction treatment can help him get clean

Motivational Interviewing and Addiction

While there is not a cure for addiction, treatment can provide you with the tools, education, and support you need to maintain recovery and sobriety. Therapies like motivational interviewing and addiction counseling help you learn how to manage your symptoms. Addiction is a chronic condition that can damage your relationships, aggravate underlying mental health disorders,…