Substance Abuse and the LGBTQ community
Substance abuse is a widespread issue among teens and adults in the US, but the problem is especially pronounced in the LGBTQ community. The social stigma, discrimination, mental illness, and other stressors that members of this community experience can greatly increase the risk of developing a substance abuse disorder.
The Link Between Addiction and Eating Disorders
While many people know of the dangers of both eating disorders and substance addiction, not many are aware of the link between the two mental illnesses. Research has found that nearly 50% of people struggling with an eating disorder are also struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, which is five times higher than the rate of the general population.
Knowing the Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Anxiety
When a person begins feeling anxiety too often, it can interfere with daily life, cause unhappiness, and sometimes contribute to health issues. The key to staying healthy is learning to recognize unhealthy anxiety and seeking treatment for it when needed.
Being Yourself After Addiction
Giving up an addiction often includes changing certain parts of your lifestyle and the people you spend time with. Because of this, many people struggling with addiction feel like substance abuse is part of their identity. If you feel this way, remember you’re not alone.