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...

ocd and addiction

The Relationship Between OCD and Addiction

Everyone experiences the occasional intrusive worry, but for someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder, these thoughts can take over their daily routines and responsibilities. For example, if you have OCD, you may feel compelled to turn around several times on the way to work to check that you remembered to turn...