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Drinking Too Much | Alcohol Dependence | The Hills

Alcohol Dependence vs. Alcohol Abuse

There is a common trend among people that are accused of being alcoholics. Most of them deny that they have a problem. “I just like to have fun” and “I can stop drinking whenever I want” are just two of the phrases that people with alcohol dependence tend to say ...
Bar | Depressants | The Hills

Depressants and Abuse: What You Need To Know

Depressants are a unique class of drugs with a fascinating history. Used legitimately, and under tight medical supervision, they can help treat many conditions. But, as we’ll see, depressants aren’t typically prescribed for long-term use. What happens when these drugs are used for longer than intended? Is it possible to ...
Stop | Addiction | The Hills

Addiction & The Road to Recovery: Where to Start

What is addiction, really? Is it a short-term affliction, or it something a person will always struggle with?  In this post, we’ll delve into this question. Then we’ll take a detailed look at addiction treatment, complete with an exploration of what a typical day in rehab is like. Finally, we’ll ...
Gathering | Alcohol | The Hills

Saying No to Alcohol Just Got Harder

Alcohol use has always been socially acceptable to some degree. Even during prohibition in the U.S., it was understood that alcohol could be readily procured if one knew where to look, and people still drank in public. But with the advent of the Internet, social media, and a streaming entertainment ...
Phone | Addictive Personality | The Hills

Addictive Personality: Do You Have One?

Do you have an ‘addictive personality?’ Have you ever caught yourself using this as an excuse to spend hours playing the latest trendy mobile game? Or maybe your concerns are of a darker shade. Do you worry that your personality type predisposes you to substance abuse? In this post, we’ll ...
Comfort | NA Meeting | The Hills

Preparing for an NA Meeting

Narcotics Anonymous, regularly referred to as NA, is an organization that caters to men and women that are struggling with addiction to drugs other than alcohol. It is rather similar to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but it welcomes all those struggling with any type of substance addiction, including alcohol. NA meetings ...

Stimulants: The Good, the Bad, and the Upsetting

Life today is so incredibly busy for many people. It’s no surprise that there has been a rise in stimulant use, abuse, and addiction. While are still only 24 hours in every day, we find ourselves trying to maximize our time in any way we can. In addition to stimulants ...
Pills | Opiates | The Hills

Opiates: A Brief History of Addiction

According to Time magazine, the current “opioid crisis is the worst addiction epidemic in American history.” There are tens of thousands of deaths each year caused by opioid addiction and overdose. This is such a harrowing statistic that one has to ask – how did this crisis about opiates happen? ...
Passed Out | Dual Diagnosis | The Hills

Dual Diagnosis: Moving Toward Recovery

Struggling with drug addiction would be challenging enough for most people, but juggling an addiction and a mental illness takes things up a notch. If you, or a loved one, has received a ‘dual diagnosis,’ don’t panic. It’s true that the road to recovery can be rocky, but if you’re ...

Alcoholic Thinking: Warning Signs and Symptoms You Need to Know

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 6 percent of adults in the U.S. aged 18 plus have alcohol use disorder. What’s more, according to one survey, one in five individuals aged 12 to 20 have used alcohol. Two in five adults, aged 18 to 25, ...