Addiction Causes: Understanding Self Medication And How I Lost My Sister To Substance Abuse

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Network contributor Victoria Costello has a new article in the Huffington Post with a personal look at the science behind the central and often misunderstood concept of self-medication in mental illness, addiction and recovery...

"In light of the continuing controversy surrounding Whitney Houston's death, including questions of blame and responsibility for what the coroner may determine was an overdose involving drugs and alcohol, here is a look at the science behind the central and often misunderstood concept of self-medication in mental illness, addiction and recovery. My interest in this is both professional and personal. My sister Rita died of a multiple drug cocktail at age 38 -- after a downward slide that began over 20 years earlier and finally caught up with her. She was, like Whitney Houston, a victim of her own demons and a culture that favors self-medication over getting mental health treatment. As both of their premature deaths demonstrate, self-medication and aging don't mix well..." Read the full article here...

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