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overcoming fear

How to Overcome Fear and Seek Treatment

Fear is one of the most defining human emotions, but just because it’s perfectly natural, that doesn’t mean you should let it take control of your life. Sadly, many people who need help to reclaim their lives from a drug or alcohol addiction avoid seeking treatment because they are...

how to help someone with anxiety

How to Help Someone With Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health condition in the U.S., affecting up to 18.1% of the population annually. As Mental Health Awareness Month continues, learn more about what constitutes anxiety and how to help someone you know with this condition. What Is Anxiety? The first step in helping a...

mothers of alcoholics

Help for Mothers of Alcoholics

If you’re the mom or stepmom of a young adult son, you want him to experience the best in life and grow up to be a well-adjusted, happy person. That’s why it can be so heartbreaking and frightening to confront alcoholism as a parent. Addiction is a family disease,...

depression among men

I’m Depressed. What Do I Do?

“I’m depressed” is a common metaphor for “I’m having a bad week.” Which is unfortunate because it makes light of the 19 million Americans who really have depression — who have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and experience despair as their everyday normal. May being Mental Health Month, this...

is your son drinking

Is My Son Drinking?

American culture has normalized drinking in social settings, and countless media depictions glamorize alcohol’s ability to help people have fun, make friends and relax. As a result, many young people grow up interested in trying it for themselves. According to statistics from the CDC, 29% of high school students...

blame and shame

How Blame Can Sabotage Your Recovery

Blame and shame are hallmarks of substance abuse disorders. People in active addiction often experience intense guilt related to their behavior, while simultaneously feeling powerless to change it. In recovery, you will need to move past these emotions to begin healing and continue making positive progress. How does blame...

undiagnosed mental illness

Do You Have a Misdiagnosed Mental Illness?

Mental illnesses such as anxiety and bipolar disorder affect millions of people globally. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five American adults experiences mental illness every year. The World Health Organization classifies depression as a leading cause of disability worldwide. Unfortunately, the isolating, stigmatizing nature of...

stereotypes about addiction

There Isn’t a Stereotypical Addict

When you hear the word “addict,” you probably picture an irresponsible person who lacks the motivation to take care of themselves or other people. In your mind’s eye, they may be unemployed and living out of their car or on the street, relying on others’ generosity to help them...

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