psychological dependence

Understanding Psychological Dependence

Sometimes, people develop a set of conditioned responses due to using an illicit substance, drinking alcohol, or engaging in addictive or harmful behaviour. These conditioned responses can compel the individual to keep using a substance or pick up using it again despite its harmful effects. These conditioned responses are triggered by various factors, which are…

sober Christmas

Enjoying a Sober Christmas

An increase in social gatherings, events, and family tensions occur during the holidays, potentially risking commitments in recovery. Celebrating a sober Christmas is a great way to remind you and your family of the joys recovery can provide. There are countless ways to remain sober during the holidays while participating in every aspect of them.…

alcohol and mental health

Connection Between Alcohol and Mental Health

If your teen is struggling with alcohol addiction, you may have trouble helping them cease their addictive behaviours. However, this may be due to underlying relationships between their behaviours and their thoughts. Often, teens begin to use drugs to anesthetize certain symptoms of mental illness. The teen years are a time that is rife with…

vyvanse addiction

Vyvanse vs. Adderall

When you consider Vyvanse vs. Adderall, it’s important to understand that they are similar drugs. Both drugs are central nervous system stimulants and are typically used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. They are also both derived from amphetamines, which means that they carry a risk of dependence and abuse, leading to a…