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Spilling the Addictive Truth

What is Addiction?

When we hear the word addiction our minds might jump straight to our phones, video games, and even social media. However, what many of us might not know is that addiction isn't just a word used to describe a bad habit that we might pour a lot of time into, but rather is a chronic relapsing mental disorder that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite adverse consequences. It is considered a disorder because it involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control.

How Addiction can impact your mental health

If you or someone you care about is chronically using drugs or alcohol it can lead to changes in the brain, which can lead to mental health issues including paranoia, depression, anxiety, aggression, hallucinations, and other problems.

Asian American Mental Health Impacts

There are several reasons why Asian Americans are less likely to seek and receive treatment for substance abuse. Some reasons include language barriers, mental health being considered taboo, some denying/neglecting their symptoms, seeking help from personal networks and not professionals, and lack of awareness.

Hispanic Mental Health Impacts

There is a gap between Hispanics and the rest of the population when it comes to substance abuse treatment. Studies show that despite being more likely to need substance abuse treatment, Hispanic Americans have less access to substance abuse treatment and must wait longer to access such services when compared to non-Hispanics.

African American Mental Health Impacts

Although the rate of illicit drug use is higher among African Americans, statistics show that African Americans seek and receive specialty treatment for substance abuse problems at a higher rate than the rest of the population.

Ways to Cope with Addiction

Keep Busy

Replace old addictive actions with positive ones. Check things off of a to-do list. Do things you've been putting off. Watch TV, play music, read a book, and do what will make you feel good at the end of the day.

Practice Mindfulness

Use mindfulness and meditation techniques to help you work through difficult thoughts and emotions. It can allow you to focus on the present moment, observe your internal experiences, and accept them without judgment or negativity.

Talk to a Therapist or Sponsor

Your sponsor or your counselor/therapist is there to listen to you, to keep you from relapsing, and to keep you from negative thoughts. They can also help you work through difficult emotions or situations.

Thank you for tuning in for another installment on this mental health journey. If you enjoyed this article, I know you will enjoy our fascinating statistics and a weekly dose of motivation.

Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn't mean you can, should, or need to do it alone
- Lisa Olivera


Hi I'm the author of this blog post,

Tanveer Singh

I'm a junior in high school who enjoys watching cheesy movies, playing tennis, and spending time with friends/family. My favorite color is blue and I will never turn down a plate of stirred fried rice. I hope to pursue a career in business and to continue spreading awareness about mental health.



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