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How to Find a Good Therapist for Mental Health and/or Addiction

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Adam, Michael, and Samantha discuss what to look for in a good therapist, keeping in mind the barriers many face when trying to access quality health care. They’ll walk through fears and anxieties around therapy and offer perspectives to help listeners overcome them. Listen here

How Treatment Centers Fail Patients

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In this week’s episode of The Addiction and Mental Health Podcast, we discuss the various ways that treatment centers are failing alcoholics/addicts and what they can do better. Listen here.

Introducing the Addiction and Mental Health Podcast

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Exciting news today! Together with Michael Palma and Samantha Mineroff, I started the Addiction and Mental Health podcast. We talk about the issues surrounding addiction and mental health, starting with our first episode — the language around mental health. Check it out! Apple Podcasts Spotify Anchor

The Difference Between Crack and Cocaine

Let’s talk about the difference between crack and cocaine. You may have heard the terms “crack,” “cocaine,” or even “crack cocaine.” It seems as if they are used interchangeably when talking about the drug as a whole. While crack and cocaine are both derived from the same plant and contain the same main ingredient, there are major differences between the two forms. What is Cocaine?… 

Lexapro and Alcohol — The Effects of Alcohol While Taking Lexapro

Like any prescribed medication, there can be dangerous interactions between Lexapro and alcohol. It’s important to know when you begin a medication what the interactions are so that you can monitor your intake of other substances. What is Lexapro and Why Do People Take It? Lexapro (Escitalopram), a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI Class), is one of those prescribed medications that can have severe effects… 

The Success Rate of AA Is 5–10% — Here’s Why

Depending on whom you ask, AA has a success rate of about 5–10%. And when I say “whom,” I mean people who actually study this shit — you know, scientists — not the schmuck old-timer at AA who likes to quote page 58 about, “rarely have we seen a person fail blah blah blah.” Let me back up a bit and say that I work… 

What To Expect At Your First AA Meeting

Going to your first AA meeting can be pretty stressful, especially if you don’t know anyone or have any friends who go to AA, so I’m going to tell you what to expect at your first AA meeting so that it’s not so scary. There are a lot of preconceived ideas and thoughts about what AA is and how the meetings are, especially when it… 

What an Open AA Meeting Is

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An open AA meeting is just an AA meeting where anyone can go. By anyone, I mean anyone, whether you’re an alcoholic or not. Why Open AA Meetings Are Good There are a few things that make open AA meetings really great. The first thing is that, because anyone can go, it makes people who aren’t sure if they’re alcoholics or not feel more comfortable… 

What Psychological Dependence Is for Drugs and Alcohol

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There’s a big difference between psychological dependence and physical dependence when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Psychological dependence is when you can’t stop thinking about whatever drug you’re doing. You’re obsessed with it. Obsession means a thought that you can’t get out of your head, no matter what you do. Many people think that there’s no such thing as psychological dependence, that all drugs…