Drug dependency and addiction are different. When a person is physically dependent on a drug, their body has built up a tolerance to it, and a higher dose of the medication is needed to get the same effect. An addiction is more than physical, it’s also emotional and is often associated with uncontrolled behaviors.
Posts by Catherine Work:
- Adolescent Support
- Family Support
- Marijuana and Vaping
- Mental Health
- Substance Misuse
Teen vaping, also known as e-cigarette use, is thankfully on the decline, yet some vaping statistics paint a disturbing picture. Many parents are concerned but don’t know how to approach their teens with this important conversation. It’s also important to know how vapes were created in order to help heavy smokers cease their habits and slowly decrease their smoking rates. Yet, when teens start to vape they aren’t starting from a smokers POV, which can be their gateway towards a full fledged nicotine addiction.
Abuse of drugs and alcohol can lead to addiction, possible overdose, worsening mental health problems, and delays in addressing physical and mental health conditions. With rates of other drugs increasing in recent years, it’s important to understand when recreational drinking turns into problem drinking and how alcohol use can link to other recreational substances.
After the stress of parenting through the pandemic and managing over two years of major life changes, it can be hard to know how to help a depressed teen or how to help a socially awkward kid. Part of parenting means having a few mental health tools and resources on hand.
Kratom, a stimulant from Southeast Asia, is becoming well known in the United states as a dietary supplement. The leaves from the tree Mitragyna speciosa are used as an opioid-like pain reliever. Critics worry the unregulated powder and tincture forms appearing in the U.S. haven’t been researched or regulated enough. Consumers may be exposed to […]
People do drugs to feel happy, to escape reality, to perform better, or out of pure curiosity. Similarly, most drinkers reported increased levels of stress and boredom as reasons why they consumed more booze recently, which lead to a 60 percent increase in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Drugs can lead to addiction, a […]
As offices, schools, and homes re-open, we need the tools to plan out a future that resembles something closer to a new normal. A February 2022 poll shows most Americans are ready for things to return to “normal,” but are also unsure exactly what that will look like. Job changes, school closures, and changing public […]
During the pandemic, coping mechanisms like alcohol consumption skyrocketed and have remained significantly higher than pre-pandemic numbers. It’s not surprising that similar patterns appear with weight gain, and decreased physical activity. We’ve also seen an overall lack of chronic disease prevention. At the same time, many parents have begun to express concern over their children’s […]