A group of friends spending time together. Sometimes social activities can lead to addiction

The Social Causes of Addiction

Posted on October 26, 2020 in Addiction

  While addiction to drugs or alcohol can be viewed through many lenses, the risk factors cannot be conclusively pinned to one particular cause.   The biopsychosocial-spiritual model broadly categorizes the underlying causes of addiction as follows:   Biological causes Psychological causes Socio-cultural causes Spirituality causes   Further complicating the search for a reason to


A woman playing with her son. She is going to talk to him about addiction.

Talking To Children About Addiction

Posted on October 24, 2020 in Addiction

  It’s never easy to talk about addiction. When it comes to helping children understand a parent’s addiction, the words won’t come easily. How can you help children process and come to terms with a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling’s struggle with substance abuse?   Unfortunately, there’s no manual that tells us the right


Three young adults spending time together. Peer pressure is very common among young adults.

The Dangers of Peer Pressure

Posted on October 23, 2020 in Addiction

Almost all teenagers go through a period of social and personal experimentation. It’s only natural; they’re finding their place in life, developing their sense of self, and feeling out the dynamics of their relationships. But this time of change can also bring about external pressure for teens to change themselves, their appearance, and their attitude.


Parental Drug and Alcohol Use in Oklahoma

Posted on October 13, 2020 in Addiction

  Methamphetamine and opioid addiction are ravaging Oklahoma. Parents who are substance-use impaired are more likely to put their children in danger. In 2016, a baby born to a mother with a substance use disorder died in Oklahoma. The baby girl tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, and marijuana when she was born. Police also found


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Substance Abuse In The Transgender Community

Posted on October 5, 2020 in Addiction

  Transgender members of the community experience daily social prejudice.   The Williams Institute estimates that over 1.3 million adults in the US identify as transgender, with more and more young people individuals identifying as transgender.   Fully 40% of transgender people in the US work in the underground economy to survive. This includes the


A court house. Many lawmakers in Indiana are working to implement plans to help those struggling with addiction.

How Is Indiana Tackling Addiction?

Posted on October 2, 2020 in Addiction

The COVID-19 crisis has done nothing to help citizens suffering from substance addictions. If anything, the pandemic has compounded these issues and made them worse. But even as Indiana struggles under the dual weight of an opioid crisis and a global health pandemic, Indiana’s government is making strides to alleviate some of the pressure.  


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How Economic Conditions Affect Addiction

Posted on September 30, 2020 in Addiction

Economic conditions and status are one of the many interrelated factors that can contribute to substance abuse risk, not just in Indiana, but everywhere.   Understanding Socio-Economic Risk Factors It’s generally acknowledged that higher socio-economic status correlates to better overall health. Individuals of a higher socioeconomic class often have access to better education, healthcare, employment,


dax shepard opens up about recent relapse

How Dax Shepard Shows Sobriety Doesn’t Look the Same for Everyone

Posted on September 28, 2020 in Addiction

This past week, Dax Shepard, actor and husband of Kristen Bell shared openly and honestly on his podcast, the Armchair Expert about his recent relapse in drug use. At the time of his relapse Dax had over 16 years of sobriety. Dax shared on the podcast his concerns around publicly discussing his relapse for fear


A woman talking to her friend at a lake about her heroin addiction

Treating A Heroin Addiction

Posted on August 31, 2020 in Addiction

  Heroin is a street drug classed as an opioid. Like opium, morphine, and codeine, it is derived from a type of poppy, papaver somniferum. It is synthesized from morphine through a chemical process and found on the street in various forms, including white powder, brown powder, and black tar.   It is used by


A man researching what a dual diagnosis is on his computer

Do I Have A Dual Diagnosis?

Posted on August 25, 2020 in Addiction

  In 2018, 9.2 million adults were recorded as having a dual diagnosis, but this figure only scratches the surface since many people don’t have the faintest idea they are presenting with a dual diagnosis. Addressing these issues has never been more crucial. Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are on the rise. To tackle the