woman suffering from psychological dependence

What Is Psychological Dependence and Can Treatment Cure It?

When you think about addiction, you most likely think first of this condition’s physical aspects. But there is a second layer to addiction. It changes your emotional state and behavior over time, but does not cause physical symptoms. Called psychological dependence, its signs include cravings, anxiety and irritability. What Is Physical Addiction? Physical addiction builds…

man hunched over sitting on bed wondering how drugs affect mental illness

How Drugs Affect Mental Illness and Addiction Recovery

The most common reason for substance abuse isn’t due to peer pressure or because of some type of moral failing. The leading cause of substance abuse is because of mental illness. Many people who begin abusing drugs are trying to self-medicate depression, anxiety, trauma, or some other form of mental illness. While the substances give…