Is Depression Addictive?

The co-occurrence of depression and addiction is not unusual. Many people experience both illnesses at the same time because they feed on each other. If you are prone to depression, for instance, you might feel compelled to drink or get high in an attempt to feel better or to hide from your depressive moods. If…

Women With Strong Support Network More Susceptible to Substance Abuse, Study Finds

Women and men have gender-specific differences in their rate of susceptibility to substance abuse, as well as differences in the types of substances that function as abuse targets. Other known influences on substance abuse risks include genetic inheritance and environmental influences encountered by each individual. In a study presented Aug. 18, 2014, to the annual…

Mothers Who Drink Too Much

According to a 2008 report from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), an estimated 5.3 million American women consume alcohol in a way that endangers their health or happiness. Needless to say, many of those women are mothers. A 2008 U.S. Census report suggests that more than half of American women have…