Alcoholism among trauma workers

Alcoholism Among Trauma Workers: Is PTSD to Blame?

PTSD Can Lead to Alcoholism Among Trauma Workers Trauma workers expose themselves to horrifying disasters regularly, and more than 50 percent develop varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. This condition often leads to drug or alcohol abuse. Fortunately, there are healthy ways to deal with PTSD. Psychotherapy and counseling can help victims understand their…

raint days can affect substance abuse

How the Seasons Affect Substance Abuse

The seasons can affect many of the things a person does, but it also impacts the way people interact with each other and feel emotionally. Though many do not recognize the potential risks, conditions such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can play a role in your need for help. With substance abuse, the sooner you…

a woman thinking about the differences between physical dependence vs addiction

Difference Between Physical Dependence Vs. Addiction

Substance abuse affects the lives millions of Americans every year. Many people are diagnosed with a substance abuse problem but are unaware of what they truly mean.  Is there a difference between physical dependence vs. addiction? It is very common for people to say someone is addicted to a drug. Physical dependence and addiction can…

a depressed woman self medicating with alcohol

Dangers of Self-Medicating with Alcohol

Depression and anxiety are some of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Many of those struggling with a mental health disorder find themselves self-medicating with alcohol. Alcohol seems like a safe way to take a break from the stress of the day. What’s wrong with having a drink after a long…

a young girl hiding in a closet because she does not know how to deal with childhood trauma

Does Childhood Trauma Lead to Addiction?

For years, doctors have looked for connections between childhood trauma and substance abuse. It is not uncommon for those dealing with mental health disorders to self medicate with drugs or alcohol. People dealing with depression or anxiety may abuse substances in an attempt to forget about their struggles. This is often the first steps to…

a needle on top of a pile of opiate drugs

Top 5 Abused Opiate Drugs [Infographic]

Opiate drugs claim the lives of thousands of Americans every day. In recent years, more and more doctors have prescribed prescription opiates for patients dealing with their pain. With the countless prescriptions written, millions have developed addictions to those drugs, forcing them to seek out treatment centers. Addiction does not have to last forever. If…

a woman concerned about her friend who is showing signs of codependency

Signs of Codependency

Codependency can be a complex component of addiction. Though it can happen in relationships where addiction is not present, it is quite common when one person has an addiction, and another person is trying to help them. Codependency occurs when one person with an addiction is reliant on the other partner to have their needs…

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Alcohol and Blood Pressure Linked to Strokes

Heavy Drinking Linked to Strokes in Middle Age Are you thinking about having that extra glass of wine with dinner tonight? If you’re in your 50’s or 60’s, you may want to avoid it, as heavy mid-life drinking is as likely to cause a stroke and diabetes. Drinking too much alcohol and blood pressure increase…