self medicating

The Medical Risks of Self-Medicating

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), self-medication is defined as “the selection and use of medicines by individuals (or a member of the individuals’ family) to treat self-recognized or self-diagnosed conditions or symptoms.” There can be benefits to safe and responsible self-medication, like accessing the medication when needed and relieving pain on demand. However, the…

co-occurring disorders

Getting Help with Co-Occurring Disorders

Every year, millions of people around the world suffer from substance abuse disorder. Unfortunately, many of them experience mental issues and substance abuse disorders simultaneously. Until the 1990s, people with mental health and substance abuse issues typically received treatment for one condition at a time. Often, these treatments did not occur at the same facility…