addiction, abuse, and dependence

The Differences Between Dependence, Abuse, and Addiction of Prescription Drugs

When someone misuses prescription drugs, it may cause dependence, addiction, or abuse. These three problems are related, but subtle differences among them exist. All three can cause serious disruptions in a person’s daily life and require professional attention. A recovery center needs to identify the extent of the client’s problem to choose a treatment plan…

Music Industry

The Music Industry and Addiction/Mental Health Disorders

Over decades, quite a few musicians have publicly struggled with addiction and mental health. Billie Holiday, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato—and those are just the famous people. A 2019 study found that 75% of independent musicians have stress or anxiety related to their music creation.[1] In…

man wonders about the risk of prescription drug addiction

4 Common Risks of Prescription Drug Addiction

Taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s recommendation increases the risks for several adverse consequences, including addiction. Even after developing an addiction, additional problems often still result. There are many common risks of prescription drug addiction, and recognizing these risks may indicate the need for addiction treatment. The addiction treatment programs at Amatus Recovery Centers can…

Creativity Therapy

Creativity as Therapy

Expressive therapy—the use of the creative arts in a therapeutic setting—exists for a reason. The arts are an often underexplored way to heal. In one review of six studies, half found a significant decrease in symptoms of trauma after art therapy.[1] One found a significant decrease in symptoms of depression. Being creative can bring you…