Substance-Induced Disorders: When Substances Cause Mental Illness

Substance-induced disorders are conditions or illnesses caused by substance use. They are different from “co-occurring” or “dual diagnosis” substance use disorders.

Depression, Chronic Pain and Taming the Opioid Epidemic

A compelling conclusion applies across all scenarios – opioids should be used especially cautiously in all depressed and anxious patients.

How Depression, Anxiety and Addiction Go Together and Why it Matters

If you’re afraid to try and afraid to feel, don’t be. In offering yourself this compassion and care, you’ll find that you are much stronger than you know.

The Truth About Lying: Do Dishonesty and Addiction Go Hand-in-Hand?

This has to be my least favorite “joke:” “How do you know when an addict is lying?” “It’s when his/her lips are moving.” Along similar lines, at an outpatient clinic I visited while doing research for Inside Rehab, an addiction counselor facetiously said to a roomful of clients, “The one thing we know about alcoholics […]

Deconstructing the Complicated Relationship Between Eating Disorders and Exercise Addiction

Exercise addiction and eating disorders can and often do interact with one another, but there are many instances where they occur in the other’s absence.

Leaving Your Lover (Part II): Weighing the Pros and Cons of Sobriety Keeps It Going

It is important to recognize that people with addictions use for reasons that are important to them, and it’s important to acknowledge their loss.

Sexual Trauma and Addiction: Understanding Child Sexual Abuse and Drug Use

Children traumatized by sexual abuse often report feelings of shame, terror, depression, and guilt. Sadly, blame themselves for the abuse, but drugs only provide temporary relief.

Leaving Your Lover (Part 1): Giving Up Your Drug of Choice and Moving On

As substance use disorders become more severe, people drink less to feel good and more to feel normal. In order to change, the scale has to tip so the costs or cons outweigh the benefits.

Why Isn’t Exercise Addiction Taken Seriously?

Questioning what a majority wishes to see as a panacea upends the belief in a perfect cure. Such dismantling risks re-introducing the anxiety that perfect cure promised to remove.

How Does Residential Treatment Address Mental and Emotional Concerns?

In short, there is a tremendous need for residential treatment to address mental and emotional health concerns.