COVID19 Mental Health

Recent Study Finds COVID-19 Continues to Adversely Affect Mental Health

At the beginning of the pandemic, many people’s mental health suffered; people were stressed, traumatized, and more likely to use substances to cope. A study published last month[1] aimed to figure out whether this initial response has lessened over time or remained consistent.  Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Continue After Initial Trauma The study survey—given…

Nicotine Cessation

What are Nicotine Cessation Programs?

Substance use disorders and cigarette addiction commonly co-occur. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reports of past-month smoking are three times higher among people in addiction treatment than in the general population.[1] Nicotine cessation programs in addiction treatment tackle the substance and the cigarette addiction at the same time. There…

Empowered

Are We Powerless or Empowered in Recovery?

In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the first step is: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” In this context, being powerless means you can’t drink in a controlled way. Many of us tried again and again to moderate our drinking or drug use before accepting we had no control over them.…