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 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,…

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Benefits of Group Therapy

The reason why treatment is so important for recovery is because addiction is a complex disease that alters your brain chemistry and impairs your judgment. Evidence-based treatments, like group therapy, help improve your ability to cope with your symptoms. Among the benefits of group therapy is that it strengthens your problem-solving skills. If you’re struggling…

a doctor explaining the difference between DBT vs CBT

DBT vs CBT

During addiction, your tolerance increases to your substance of choice, meaning you have to constantly use more in order to feel the same intoxicating effects. Substance abuse treatment focuses on helping you learn how to manage your symptoms, like cravings and triggers, so that you can maintain your sobriety. Both cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior…

man slumped against wall exhibiting codependency traits

Codependency Traits

When you have a loved one or friend battling an addiction, you can develop codependency traits. Codependency can make it difficult to balance your needs with your friend or loved one’s needs, especially when it comes to setting healthy boundaries. If you find yourself prioritizing others before yourself, or allowing a partner to keep the…