Depression and Anxiety

The Tragic Story of Margot Kidder: Lois Lane, Dual Diagnosis, Overdose, and Suicide

October 1st, 2018|

The news is full of stories about overdoses lately. But people can become numb to statistics, graphs, and charts. Sometimes it takes a human story to understand the importance and urgency that the subject of addiction demands. Addiction and recovery are complicated topics. It gets even more complex when one takes mental health into consideration. Many people don’t realize the important role that mental health plays when it comes to addiction. In fact, most people assume that any mental health disorder is a result of someone’s substance abuse. This view is counter-productive. It prevents

Clinical Depression and 10 Steps to take when Major Depression Looms

September 7th, 2018|

What is Severe Clinical Depression? Severe clinical depression is a treatable illness that affects more women than it does men. In fact, 20% of women in the U.S. are affected with some form of depressive mood disorder while 12% of men are affected. It’s one of the most common mental health disorders people will seek help for. There are 14.8 million adults over the age of 18 in the U.S. alone that are affected by major depressive disorder. These figures were published by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It’s common for people

Antidepressant Risks: Deadlier Than You Think? Or Lifesaving Agents?

December 19th, 2017|

Millions of Americans Take Antidepressants – Also Known As SSRIs Time Magazine reports that “clinical depression affects about 16 million people in the U.S. and is estimated to cost the U.S. about $210 billion a year in productivity loss and health care needs.”  It’s no wonder, then, that – as of 2017 – approximately 11 percent of Americans are taking antidepressants. Reports indicate that depression is on the rise in the U.S. and more and more people are taking SSRIs. The most recent numbers indicate that antidepressant consumption has increased by nearly 65 percent

How to successfully use SSRIs (Antidepressants) in Recovery

December 11th, 2017|

Are Antidepressants Off-Limits For People In Recovery From Drug And Alcohol Addiction? A lot of people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction are under the mistaken believe that antidepressants – also known as SSRIs – are a “no-no.” This is unfortunate. Many people who have made the commitment to abstain from drugs and alcohol could greatly benefit from taking SSRIs. Furthermore, an estimated one in three recovering people need them due to a co-occurring mental health disorder. The reason why people in recovery shy away from antidepressants is because they have made a firm

PTSD and Drug Abuse: What it’s Like To Be A Veteran Struggling With Addiction

November 20th, 2017|

For years now, many veterans have had to deal with the effects of combat exposure. While many transition back into society, others struggle with PTSD and drug addiction. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when someone goes through stressful or traumatic events. Examples of such events include accidents, violent or sexual assault, the death of a loved one, terrorist attacks, and war. Others include kidnappings, torture, and robberies. Studies show at least 20% of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars developed PTSD. Unfortunately, half of them never went to a doctor. Moreover, those who

Ativan: Sinner or Saint?

July 20th, 2017|

Ativan is both a helpful anxiety-relieving prescription medication and a harmful addictive drug. Different people have different experiences with the pills but is it more good or more bad? Is the question that simple? Should medical professionals ban Ativan entirely while it still functions as a life-saving medication for those struggling with extreme anxiety? Or should we determine the classification of Ativan and other benzodiazepines based on those who become addicted to the drug? What is Ativan, What Does it Do, and What is it Used For? Ativan (lorazepam) is a prescription medication, classified as

Yummy? Xanax Bars

July 1st, 2017|

Are prescription Xanax bars becoming just as dangerous as opioid pain pills? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of emergency room visits in America involving the nonmedical use of Xanax MORE THAN DOUBLED between 2005 and 2011, increasing from 57,419  to 123,744. "Even the label for Xanax warns against prescribing it to people who are addiction-prone..." ~Dr. Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Medication Madness: The Tole of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime Even more troubling, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that overdose deaths involving Xanax

PTSD and Substance Abuse – The Two Go Hand-in-Hand

February 28th, 2017|

PTSD and substance abuse go hand-in-hand. This is because many people with PTSD use drugs and alcohol to cope. Understanding post-traumatic stress and learning how to treat the symptoms without the use of mood or mind-altering substances is essential to treating this debilitating condition. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that develops as the result of a trauma or serious injury. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder, although it does not necessarily represent a lifelong diagnosis. While PTSD is often associated with combat-related veterans who develop the condition after combat,

The Ins and Outs and Ups and Downs of Bipolar and Addiction

February 16th, 2017|

Bi-polar and addiction don’t mix – but try telling that to someone who is addicted and Bipolar. The fact is, drugs and alcohol can initially have a calming effect on the Bipolar brain, which is why so many people with Bipolar become addicted. Using marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, or prescription meds offers temporary and immediate relief not experienced by legally prescribed medications. However; with time, addiction prevails. Soon, the use of drugs and alcohol becomes an addiction and all hell breaks loose. What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder is classified as a severe

Grieving the Loss of my Addiction to Alcohol

November 4th, 2016|

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." ~ C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I know it may sound strange to some, but being sober has thrown me into an acute sense of mourning. Facing the addiction has forced me to consider how my sobriety is affected by the stages of grief: Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance I'm not sure I've ever experienced such a depth of sorrow, but the stark truth is I am truly grieving the loss of my addiction to alcohol. Denial: Not Wanting to Admit an Addiction to