Choose Compassion, Break Down Stigma

People with medical conditions need a supportive network to help them recover. Substance use disorder is just as much a valid condition as someone who is recovering from cancer. Any chronic medical condition requires support from a recovery community. Unfortunately, not all health conditions receive the same level of support. People with a substance use disorder can experience social isolation, stigma, and shaming, all of … Continue reading Choose Compassion, Break Down Stigma

Most Don’t

A “norm” is a value, belief or behavior considered by a group of people to be acceptable.  Most often it is unwritten and learned by interacting and observation of other people.  Most cultural groups or communities follow these same norms so we come to believe that is the standard way of behaving, therefore we shape our own behavior accordingly.  Norms teach us what acceptable behavior … Continue reading Most Don’t

Alcohol

New imaging machines, such as MRIs, PET and SPECT scans, have given scientists exciting views into the development of the human brain. While we once thought the brain was fully developed at birth, we now know that the brain continues to develop until the mid-20s. New scientific research shows that alcohol affects a teen’s still-developing brain very differently than an adult’s, and it can harm … Continue reading Alcohol