This Is What You *Should* Say to Your Loved One Struggling with Drug Addictions pt 1

  Knowing what to say to a friend who has been struggling with addiction is hard. It can feel like there is nothing good to do or say. But the most important thing to remember is that the worst thing you can say, is nothing at all. Silence feeds your friend’s shame. Speak up. Here…

How Medicine Can Become an Addiction

For many people it starts innocently enough: an injury or chronic pain. So how does this turn into an addiction? Prescription to Addiction Let’s meet our hypothetical friend Terry. Terry could be any gender, any ethnicity, and of any social class–though there are definitively certain groups affected by the opioid crisis more than others. Terry…

The Nature and Nurture of Addiction

We often hear people describe certain things as being in their genes. While it’s true that our genes describe many of our attributes, it is rarely the case that something has a specific one. Usually traits are expressed by a combination of genes. This means we are unlikely to ever find a specific “addiction gene“.…