Chester Bennington’s Death Shines Light on the Importance of Mental Health

“Chester, your pain, saved me from mine. Your darkness showed me that mine wasn’t the only one, that there were others. It helped me, you helped me,” wrote a Linkin Park fan on the band’s Facebook page just a few days after news of Chester Bennington’s suicide left his loved ones and millions of fans … Continued

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Almost 40% of individuals suffering from alcohol or drug addiction struggle with other mental health disorders as well. Learn more in this short video.

The Stress Loop

By: Tom Lorio, LCSW Several years ago, a well-respected doctor came to my office distressed about his subway ride to work. He found himself enraged by the NYC Subway system ─ the delays, the rude passengers, the unpredictability of service. While public transportation unleashes a specific fury in many people, he was concerned because the … Continued

Stress & Addiction

We have all heard the age-old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, switch “chicken” for “stress” and “egg” for “addiction” and the same conundrum exists. Various studies by the National Institute of Drug Abuse have found a link between stress and addiction, concluding that chronic stress can lead to addiction, and … Continued

Study Finds Substance Abuse Significantly Increases Suicide Risk Among Veterans

A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan and the Department of Veteran Affairs has found that veterans with substance abuse problems are more likely to commit suicide than veterans who are not suffering from an addiction. The study, which was recently published in the journal Addiction, involved 4.4 million veterans and was conducted … Continued