Recovering from addiction is challenging and requires a lot from people. There are many hardships that come along with recovery, some well known, and some that don’t get talked about very often. In my experience as an addiction counselor I have consistently seen a lack of discussion about a very important issue that comes up for most if not all recovering addicts: anhedonia. (more…)
What is Codependency
Codependency is one of the most common things I work on with people in counseling. I would honestly guess that at least 90% of the people I see in therapy struggle with some form of codependency. Chances are you’ve heard the word codependency before, but do you really know what it means? Most people have some kind of negative connotations associated with the word. In my experience, a lot of people fixate on the word “dependent”, and think codependency means that they are excessively needy and can’t live without a particular person they’re fused with. This can be the situation in severe cases but
Something that has been controversial (and to some extent still is) within the mental health community is whether addiction is a disease or a choice. There has been a wealth of research over recent years that has really pointed in the direction that addiction is an actual disease. (more…)
The world of substance abuse is constantly changing. New drugs come around, new ways of using drugs, changes in laws etc. Every now and then I like to take the time to document some of these changes here. In this update I’m going to talk a little about a new(ish) substance of potential abuse called kratom, powdered alcohol, and a California proposition that would legalize recreational marijuana use.
There has been a shift in addiction counseling in recent years. We used to think of addiction strictly from the perspective that it is something that happens to bad people with poor morals and ethical judgment.
Some substances of abuse have recently taken on different forms. Are you aware of them? With the legalization of marijuana in several states, discovery and popularization of different strains and methods of delivery have excellerated. Historically marijuana has been relatively tame compared to modern day strains. between the 50s and 70s the average THC concentration in marijuana was 0.5 to 2%. Marijuana available today can have a THC content of up to 23%! Sometimes parents confronted with a child who is using marijuana are unaware of this increased potency. (more…)