Is Substance Misuse Causing Your Depression?
While depression and addiction seem to go hand in hand, the connection between the two is very complicated and oftentimes quite misunderstood. As it is, each disorder is hard enough to handle on its own, let alone manage when they’re both wrapped up with one another. Many Americans misuse substances because they’re depressed and then, […]
Is Marijuana Use a Problem?
In today’s society, marijuana use has become a regular everyday activity. Due to the normalization of it’s use, many individuals do not see it as a problem. Many people also believe that because the drug comes from a plant, it is not addictive and doesn’t cause harm. However, an individual can become addicted to it […]
What is the Difference Between Substance Abuse and Dependency?
Simply put, there is little difference between substance abuse and physical or psychological dependence. Both substance abuse and dependency are encompassed under the diagnostic material for substance use disorder (SUD). However, there are different severities of SUD that range from mild to severe. If an individual struggles with SUD, they will experience withdrawal symptoms when […]
The Difference Between Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are two popular behavioral therapy models used to treat mental health disorders. DBT is a modified form of CBT that has a distinct approach to treatment. While both effectively treat various mental health disorders, several important factors may influence which model a therapist uses to treat a […]
The Dangers of Substance Use During Pregnancy
Substance use during pregnancy is a public health issue. According to a study done in the United States in 2012, 5.9% of women use illicit drugs while pregnant and 8.5% drink alcohol, resulting in over 380,000 infants born addicted to illicit substances and over 550,000 exposed to alcohol in utero. The most commonly used substances […]
Substance Use in Athletes
Substance use in athletes is not uncommon and occurs in all sports and at most levels of competition. There are several reasons athletes may turn to drugs or alcohol, including enhancing performance, self-medicating untreated mental illness, and dealing with stress. However, many athletes may not realize the consequences on the mind and body of using […]
How to Help a Family Member with Addiction
There is a reason that addiction is called a family disease: it affects the whole family: partners, close family members, and children. Not to mention co-workers, friends, and neighbors. It is said that for every person with substance use disorder, another 5 people are impacted by their illness.Overtime the consequences of addiction pile up: job […]
Addiction within the LGBTQIA+ Community
June represents the celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall movement was the pinnacle of the gay liberation movement in the United States. Since then each June hosts a series of pride events, parades, picnics, vigils and memorials, workshops, and concerts to raise awareness, celebrate liberation, and […]
Interview with Dr Gallus: Why I Opened Gallus Medical Detox
This interview with Dr Gallus highlights his passion for medical detox, the reason he opened Gallus, top tips for people seeking recovery, and his greatest sense of achievement. Dr. Gallus is a board-certified emergency medicine physician. He obtained his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Montana, and his D.O. from the […]