Illegal drugs/alcohol abuse Articles

I Feel Caged in My Own Body

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, October 27th, 2014
From a 19-year-old woman in S. Africa: Recently I got out of a 4-year drug influenced relationship but the feelings I had for him faded away after about a year but he kept me caged in because of the drugs, I was his money bank. ...

Husband Smokes Pot and I Am Not OK with It

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, October 11th, 2014
My husband and I have been together for almost 20 years. We have had a considerable amount of problems in our marriage due to emotional baggage from dysfunctional family issues and previous relationships. My husband knows that smoking pot is not acceptable to me and I ...

I Think I Suffer from PTSD

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
From Canada: I'm sick & tired of being sick & tired. I just want to feel normal, yet I feel furthest thing from it. I'm always in so much pain, every muscle in my body feels sore like I've been exercising, but of course there's ...

I Feel as if I’m Being Watched

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, October 6th, 2014
Please Help Me? I will start by saying... I have a crystal meth habit. I know it's a major factor in my mental state, but I truly believe it goes further than that. I don't know who else to turn to, please hear me out. ...

My Husband Sees Dead People

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, October 4th, 2014
My husband's mother died 2 years ago, but yesterday he told me that he had an hour long conversation with her. He said he's been seeing her everywhere, and that she's trying to tell him something. He also said that's he's been hearing voices who ...

Wanting to Rape

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, September 27th, 2014
I am a 32-year-old man and I am suffering from severe depression, dissociative disorder, PTSD from physical and sexual abuse and anxiety disorder. I have noticed that I have been drinking a lot since I began dissociating and losing time. Once I drink I dissociate ...

I Am Concerned I Am Developing Schizophrenia

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, September 8th, 2014
I am concerned I am developing schizophrenia. Recent events in my life have led me to believe that I may be developing this disease for several reasons. I really began to worry about a month ago. There was a period of my life when I ...

My Therapist Didn’t Show Up

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 30th, 2014
From the U.S.: I don't know how to handle my therapist not showing up to my first appointment with her. I've been crying all day, and had to have a beer and shot of tequila because I felt everything I already think about women and ...

Will My Paranoia Lead to Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Yesterday I was diagnosed with paranoia, and I started on Saphris. I'm worried that my paranoia will eventually lead to having schizophrenia. I am 16 now, and will be 17 in 2 weeks. I have an older sister who is schizophrenic, which means I could ...

I Don’t Know What’s Wrong. Mum Drinks and I’m Scared.

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
I will sum everything up quickly, over the past four or more years my mum has been drinking heavily and my dad works away so he has no power to help, my mum is abusive and very scary when she is drunk. She ...

Did I Make a Huge Mistake?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 44 and have a 15 yr history with husband. We have a 13 yo son with some special needs. Been through hell with this man, who started using crack before our son was 2, abusive while using. Verbally/emotionally and some physical. ...

Double Standard About Substance Abuse

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
From the U.S.: Last year around Christmas, my boyfriend and I went out drinking with friends. We had a blast. Unfortunately, when we got back to our hotel room, we got into a verbal fight and he ended up kicking me in the face. I ...