Many people drink as part of socializing with others and feel it helps them loosen up, have a better time, and overcome any social anxiety they may feel. They may think alcohol helps them stay connected with people and have better relationships. Yet, after reflection, some people find that alcohol use actually interferes with their … Read more Quit Drinking to Create Better Relationships
Excessive drinking is a safety issue in more ways than one. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 10,265 individuals were killed in drunk-driving accidents in 2015 alone. Use of Uber or Lyft may help one avoid driving while intoxicated, however, drinking has other risks we often don’t think about. Safety Risks of Excessive … Read more Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and What It Can Tell You
Most people who drink excessively experience times where they know it is causing problems for them. From too many hang-overs to conflicts with family members and friends, drinking frequently to excess can interfere with your relationships, impact your work and other activities, and basically disrupt your life. Is this you or someone you know? When … Read more Drinking Too Much and Trying to Stop?
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction are two very different challenges that are sometimes experienced at the same time. People are often curious about the ways that these two struggles overlap. There are actually several ways that PTSD and substance use go together. Substances as a solution People who have PTSD struggle with anxiety and … Read more What you need to know about the relationship between PTSD, trauma, and substance abuse
Because I work with people who struggle with addiction, I am particularly attuned to the ways that the public perceives people struggling with addiction and in recovery. Too often, media portrayals of addiction dramatize or glamorize addiction in unrealistic ways. These images contribute to a negative perception of addiction and recovery and lead to misunderstandings, … Read more Vulnerability and Recovery