Self-medicating

There are a lot of different reasons that people drink, including socially, to help them relax, or to complement a meal. However, many people drink to try to escape the pain of emotional distress, loss, trauma, or a co-occurring mental health issue. Using alcohol to mask or suppress the symptoms of otherwise untreated or undertreated…

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Whether or not you use substances, plenty of other people do. Some people seem to be able to have a social drink or maybe use a stimulant for study sessions, or maybe they are addicted to opioids because they needed pain medication for something. But beyond a drink now and then or the very occasional…

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The fact that so many adolescents struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns is fairly well known. The fact that substance use is so prevalent amongst adolescents is not exactly news, either. However, much lesser known is what happens when someone with depression or anxiety also has a substance abuse problem. This is…

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You know you suffer from depression, you know that you also use substances. But did you know that there is a name for this? When you have a mood disorder or other mental health issue and you have a Substance Use Disorder, or SUD, then you have what is called a co-occurring disorder. More Than…

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Dealing with mental health issues is difficult enough, but when you are also trying to maintain sobriety, it can feel like twice the work. When you have co-occurring disorders, such as depression and substance use, it might sometimes feel like you are fighting on two fronts.  That is not a reason to give up the…

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