Illegal drugs/alcohol abuse Articles

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 ...

I am Hurt and Ashamed, and So Are My Parents and Sibling

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 28th, 2014
My parents have always been ashamed of me because I married the man that they did not want me to marry. And after almost 20 years of my marriage, I ended up in a divorce. My parents' reaction was mixed -- they were ...

Feeling Disconnected

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
I've been dealing with severe depression and anorexia for around 3 years and because of it I have always felt exhausted and cranky but just recently (within the past 6 months) I have been having other issues. I am so fatigued that even walking is ...

I Feel I Am a Psychopath

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
I am 17 years old, and I have been called rather a sociopath from the perspective of other people. Since I was a child, I have been in and out of trouble (being kicked out of school for illegal drugs, fighting, etc.) but I always ...

Am I Depressed Due to Parents Drinking?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Hi, I'm a seventeen year old girl concerned about my mental health. My parents drink sometimes. My dad becomes violent and annoyingly strict when he's drunk, and we fight a lot. My mom becomes weak and she ...

Boyfriend’s First Psychotic Break

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Hello! For the past few months everything was going fine in my two year relationship with my boyfriend. He's my best friend, boyfriend, and lover, and we've been very much in love. Everything was normal, he works, I go to school, we go on dates ...

I Feel Like I’m Going Crazy

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
From a California teen: Ever since about 4 months ago I have lived through the worse time of my life.(prior to that when I was around 14 I started going through a depression which has lasted 3 years until now.) I started having intrusive thoughts ...

Can She Protect Her Grandson?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
From the U.S.: My daughter in law has mental health issues. I've watched my grandson since he's 3 months old. Dealing with my daughter in law has been a struggle, and I don't know what to do. At first, I was shocked about her mothering, ...

I Need an Explanation for How My Boyfriend Thinks

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
From the U.S: My boyfriend of over 1 yr works on the road in different states. He is a supervisor so his hotel room is paid for by employer, he also has an alcohol and drug addiction. I ended relationship today because he refused to ...

I Know My Mental Health Is Not Good

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Hi, for as long as I can remember since i was 7, I feel I have been dealing with depression, anxiety, mood swings, I was a cutter in high school, in my early 20's I had major suicidal tendencies, and Did attempt a ...

Should I Communicate with My Girlfriend’s Therapist?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, June 28th, 2014
My loved one is 30 days into 45 day inpatient alcohol therapy, doing well. Diagnosed mild/moderate. I have visited onsite once and we have communicated 3-4 times via phone. I understand her education of addiction, stress mgmt, coping skills, etc. during recovery. However, an event ...

My Best Friend’s Husband Is Addicted to Pills

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, June 21st, 2014
From the U.S.: I need advice on what to say to my best friend regarding her husband' spill addiction and depression. Last night was the final straw for me as I received a phone call this morning from her telling me her husband punched a ...