Carrie Fisher Battled the Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

As Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series, the most popular science fiction storyline of the modern age, Carrie Fisher was a true warrior princess. Despite being only twenty-years-old when the first movie was shot and costumed in a flowing white gown with a goofy cinnamon-bun hairdo, Carrie Fisher was nothing less than strong …

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Death of Amy Winehouse Reveals Alcohol Abuse

As one of the great singers of her generation, the death of Amy Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) to alcohol toxicity caused by extreme alcohol intoxication was a tragic loss. Given how Winehouse’s death was caused by a combination of co-occurring disorders that ranged from alcoholism and substance use disorder to bulimia …

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Heath Ledger’s Drug Overdose Death Equals A Wake-Up Call

Heath Ledger first came to attention in the popular teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), immediately becoming a heart-throb for teenage girls around the world. When he died of what was defined as an “accidental overdose” on January 22, 2008, a pall of sadness and surprise descended upon his fans, including the …

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8 Documentaries About Substance Abuse on Netflix

Whether you’re in the mood for a light family comedy or a hard-hitting documentary on important topics, such as substance abuse, Netflix has you covered. If you are looking for the latter, here are eight documentaries about the drug trade, the effects of drugs, and stories of recovery.

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5 Documentaries About Bullying

Some people underestimate the seriousness of bullying and the long-term effects it can have on teens. In fact, one of the consequences of bullying can be adult depression. Watching a few movies about bullying is a great way to shed some light on the matter and help you understand just how much of a negative impact …

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The First Steps to Finding Mental Health/Addiction Help

If your teen is struggling with an addiction or with their mental health, you may be feeling overwhelmed, confused and unsure of where to turn for help and treatment. Navigating the mental health and addiction treatment system can be difficult and trying, which is why we’ve put together this handy guide of the first steps …

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5 Stereotypes That Get Teen Addiction Wrong

People have preconceived notions about what an addiction looks like and who is the type of person to have one. Stereotypes about teen addiction can act as a barrier to identifying addiction and to making sure people receive the treatment they need. Here are a few myths about teen addiction that need to be busted …

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6 Facts About Your Teenager and Chewing Tobacco

There’s a very good chance that your teen has seen a PSA about the risks of smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes. These are certainly beneficial and alert your teen to the realities of smoking and addiction. That said, chewing tobacco is also something that your teens might not receive as much information on. Here are six …

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Switching Behaviors: Explaining Changing Addictions

Recovering from an addiction is a very difficult experience and many people find it hard to quit cold turkey. As a result, some people find that replacing their addictive behavior with something similar, but less harmful, can help them recover from their addiction. Keep reading to find out why addictions are so hard to quit, …

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Common Theories About Addiction You Should Understand

Addiction is such a complex topic that there have been several theories that attempt to explain its causes or how it occurs throughout a human lifetime. Many of these theories can account for a wide variety of substance addictions. We’ve summarized a few of the leading ones to help you better understand their similarities and …

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Modifying Addictive Behaviors: Tips to Help You and Your Teen

Recovering from an addiction—the compulsion to engage in an activity or take a substance, regardless of the negative consequences—is a difficult path. There are many types of addiction, from substance abuse to porn to gambling. An addict usually wants to quit their dependence, but either don’t know how or finds it too hard to give …

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Is Big Pharma Driving Addiction?

There’s been a lot of buzz going around about big pharma and its role when it comes to addiction in the United States. But could a company that manufactures FDA-approved drugs really be contributing to America’s addiction problem? Painkiller Prescription is On the Rise Prescription drugs are some of the most addictive types of drugs …

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