Illegal drugs/alcohol abuse Articles

Is it just Depression or Something More Serious?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, April 25th, 2014
I’ve been having extreme mood swings ranging from wanting to scream at people and curse at anything, to not having a care in the world, to not wanting to do anything all day (not eat or bathe or move) to the next day ...

My Mom Is in Denial of Her Drug Addiction

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: My mom has been in rehab five times cause of drugs. she's done them since I was 15. now she's worse then ever and I've tried to help her but she keeps going back to drugs . And I need to know ...

Marijuana & Social Paranoia

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Hi, I'm 21 years old. I've been smoking marijuana almost on a daily basis for something close to a year, and in a much less amount before that (once or twice a month or so.) Back to last years winter, I started having a lot ...

Son Pushing Everyone Away

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, April 10th, 2014
My son is 19 and has been pushing his family away. He and his father were never close. Him and I were once very close. In the past few years I could see a change in him. If you look at his school pictures you ...

Psychosis, Delusions, Substance Abuse: Possible Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
I know I am suffering from symptoms of schizophrenia but I also know I am not a doctor & self diagnosing can sometimes be counterproductive. I am hoping you can lend some insight to my current situation. I was hospitalized on March 1, 2014 after ...

Communicating with Someone Who Has Shut Down Through PTSD

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Hello, I am trying to find the things I should do and the things I shouldn't do when approaching my husband. He has just been diagnosed with PTSD after years of alcohol and drug abuse. He is a VERY loving man who will suddenly change ...

I’m Very Sad and Lonely

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 21st, 2014
From a 24-year-old American woman: Several months ago, I drank too much and ended up in the hospital. I have since quit drinking, but a few days after the incident, some of the people I used to hang out with told me that they do ...

Strange Symptoms/Hereditary Question

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
My history of problems has been seizure disorders and depression. I let neither keep me from my daily schedule. My mother (extremely great mother) has been on zanax of zoloft or something related for years and urges me to go on medication. I'm very relaxed but ...

Fiancé’s Deadbeat Dad Is in the Picture

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Let me start by saying I love my fiancé. He's my best friend and partner. We've been together for 3 and half years and recently got engaged. His mom has always been overbearing (he's an only child to a single mom) and until recently his ...

Problems Due to Alcohol Abuse

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
My boyfriend dated his ex for four years, and had very strong emotions for her. When they broke up, he began drinking and became an alcoholic. Despite the four years it has been since they broke up, in the year we've been dating, constant mentions ...

A Hard Decision

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Recently I have been struggling intensely with thoughts of suicide. I have always told myself I would but, I have set up some guidelines to follow in order to minimize the pain such a thing would cause. My guidelines are to wait until the passing ...

Dad Issues Affecting Relationships?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
My family issues started when I was 9 years old. I was in the McDonald's drive through with my father when he told me, "Your mother is cheating on me." Being 9 years old, I did't know how to react to that situation and I ...