Common Myths About Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Myths about addiction #1: It isn’t a disease, it’s the result of a lack of willpower. The Truth: The idea that addiction is a disease is worrisome for a lot of people, but according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), addiction is “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite …

The Relationship Between Alcohol and Anxiety

Alcohol Use in the United States In the United States, more than half of adults over the age of 18 regularly consume alcohol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a 2012 survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that about 70% of people over the age of …

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Dealing with Discomfort During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When Stress and Boredom Become Problematic Dealing with discomfort, stress and boredom due to COVID-19 can bring about uncomfortable feelings such as anxiety, depression and fear. When faced with this discomfort, it is not uncommon for people to reach for a substance as a quick fix to escape from those feelings. While it may seem …