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What is Polysubstance Abuse?

The nation’s addiction crisis is one of the leading causes of death across various communities. As addiction health experts attempt to diagnose causes, prevention, and treatment, many are questioning what types of substances are mostly responsible. Studies, however, demonstrate that treatment should span multiple substances, as well as underlying mental health concerns. Spikes in overdose […]


Alcoholism and Divorce

Alcohol use can come with severe costs. It can lead to legal problems, financial stress, unemployment, and cause serious health issues. It can also destroy family and romantic relationships. Alcohol use is one of the leading reasons couples file for divorce in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health, alcoholism and divorce […]

Effects of Trauma in a Relationship

An old adage about emotional baggage says: wherever you go, there you are. It refers to negative past experiences impacting relationships and general day-to-day living despite best attempts to move forward. And while the term “baggage” might be an adequate descriptor for some, it carries a deeply negative connotation. A metaphor that suggests overcoming trauma […]


How to Reset Dopamine Levels

Many of our feelings, decisions, and actions are influenced by neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, and psychopharmaceuticals that control the central nervous system. Our daily experiences can affect the balance of chemicals in our brain, including a well-known neurotransmitter, dopamine. Dopamine fasting is the newest fad, but does it effectively address how to reset dopamine levels when imbalances […]

Common Mental Health Disorders

Society is taking strides in understanding how to incorporate mental health care when addressing wellbeing. Mental health is arguably the most vital component to self-care and wellness, as it can impact daily living, relationships, and even physical health. Still, mental illness is so common among Americans that nearly one in five–about 51.5 million in 2019–U.S. […]


What Part of the Brain Controls Addiction

Willpower alone will not help a person to overcome an addiction. This all-too-common myth is dangerous when broaching the topic of substance abuse disorder (SUD) in context with treatment efficacy. Frequently, there are physical and psychological factors contributing to or exacerbating this complex disease, many of which go overlooked. Discovering information about what part of […]


Trauma Processing Techniques

Trauma is a widespread health concern resulting from violence, neglect, loss, disaster, war, and other emotionally harmful experiences. It can impact anyone of any age, gender, socioeconomic background, physical status, race, gender, or sexual orientation. If unaddressed, trauma increases the risks of mental health and substance use disorders. As this condition becomes more prolific nationwide, […]

Teens Using Marijuana

Concerns about marijuana use among adolescents become a more pertinent subject as more states seek to legalize cannabis. Two Colorado surveys reported that marijuana use among teens increased significantly from 2017 to 2019. One survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) found that Pueblo and Denver schools reported the highest […]


What Are the Stages of Addiction?

​Addiction is a complex disorder afflicting millions of Americans every day. Although research around addiction continues to offer insight into its complexities, the development or onset of the disease is still largely unclear. In part,  many factors can contribute to substance dependency, including genetic, environmental, and the type of substance used. Even more ambiguous is […]


How Long for Dopamine Receptors to Heal?

Dopamine has long been considered a “pleasure chemical” closely linked to the disease of addiction. When referring to a dopamine rush, many associates it with the brain’s natural reward system that activates key neurochemicals during activities that bring happiness or pleasure. The correlation between dopamine and addiction is extremely complex and not yet fully understood. […]