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Should You Take a Break from Social Media Early in Recovery?

Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. Research from Hootsuite shows that 88 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 use social media and the average internet user has more than seven social media accounts. [https://blog.hootsuite.com/social-media-statistics-for-social-media-managers/] We use social media to keep up with friends and family, follow…

woman has a million questions due to mental health issues

What Are the Most Common Mental Health Issues Associated with Addiction?

Mental illness is one of the biggest factors in whether someone will develop a substance use disorder. Studies show that about half of people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health issue and some estimates are even higher. [https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/common-comorbidities-substance-use-disorders/part-1-connection-between-substance-use-disorders-mental-illness] The connections between mental illness and substance use are complex. Often, the mental…

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5 Reasons People are Afraid to Enter Addiction Treatment

Most people who need help with addiction don’t get it. One study found that fewer than 25 percent of Americans with a substance use disorder get any sort of treatment. [https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/10-percent-us-adults-have-drug-use-disorder-some-point-their-lives] Some of those people lack access to care, either because they live in rural areas or they believe they can’t afford it. However, many…

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What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a major risk factor for developing a substance use disorder. One study found that among people with bipolar disorder, 56 percent developed a substance use disorder at some point in their lives. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851027/] By comparison, just over eight percent of American adults have a drug or alcohol use disorder. [https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2790/ShortReport-2790.html] Bipolar disorder…

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5 Reasons People Don’t Seek Help for Addiction

It’s an unfortunate reality that most Americans who need treatment for a substance use disorder never get it. There are a number of reasons for this. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the vast majority simply don’t think they need treatment. [https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DR-FFR2-2016/NSDUH-DR-FFR2-2016.htm] Of the 17.7 million American adults who needed…