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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...

inhalant use

The Dangers of Inhalant Use Among Young Adults

Though many parents are aware of the risks of intoxicants such as marijuana and alcohol, they often overlook the dangers of common household products like nail polish remover, paint thinner, lighter fluid, canned whipped cream and cleaning solvents. Since these substances are widely available, inexpensive and easy to obtain,...

going to any length

What Does Going to Any Length Mean?

When you participate in Alcoholics Anonymous or another 12-step program, you’ll become familiar with the quote, “If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it, then you are ready to take certain steps.” This concept refers to the...

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