Risks of Opioid Abuse for People with Depression

Risks of Opioid Abuse for People with Depression

Depression is a mental disorder that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, affects approximately 16.1 million people, or 6.7% of all adults in the United States. In addition to being highly prevalent, depression is also difficult to treat and manage. In order to treat depression, many people turn to medications like opioids for…

Can Heroin REALLY Cause Depression? A Look At The Evidence

Can Heroin REALLY Cause Depression? A Look At The Evidence

Heroin is a drug that can cause intense feelings of happiness and euphoria. It works by attaching to the same receptors in your brain that cause the body to release endorphins, which are natural painkillers. For some people, however, heroin use can lead to depression.  Though it may seem counterintuitive to some people, there is…

Can Alcoholism Cause Depression?

Can Alcoholism Cause Depression?

Alcoholism is one of the most prevalent forms of addiction in the United States. According to some studies, one out of every eight Americans could drink enough to be considered an alcoholic. Binge drinking is especially problematic in the U.S. and disproportionately affects adolescents and young adults. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…