a man wondering is alcohol a stimulant

Is Alcohol a Stimulant?

Is alcohol a stimulant or a depressant? The answer is not that straight forward. Alcohol works by imitating a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. The neurotransmitter is responsible for sending specific messages to the brain, which results in sedation, relaxation, and improvements in mood. These effects are similar to other depressant drugs such as…

female addiction professionals discusses benefits of therapist vs psychologist

Therapist vs Psychologist

If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health problem or substance abuse issue, you may wonder what the difference between a therapist vs psychologist is. Mental health and addiction treatment include access to counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists and it can be difficult to understand how these specialties differ. Evidence-based treatments…

addiction therapy group reflects on what is comorbidity during sessions

What is Comorbidity?

Addiction rates and accidental drug overdoses have reached epidemic levels in the United States, resulting in a public health emergency declaration. Unintentional drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the country. Despite the prevalence of substance abuse problems, relatively few people decide to seek treatment. To further complicate matters, many people who…