Alcohol and Drug Counselor continuing education courses

Identifying paths of identity development

“No two individuals are the same,” was Richard Lerner’s, PhD, ostensibly banal statement on the first day of class during the fall semester of our PhD program. Everyone in the class believed in the veracity of the statement, without a doubt. However, Lerner’s following question challenged the way we had…

Are smelling salts bad for you?

People have used smelling salts for hundreds of years to revive someone who has fainted or passed out. Today, some professional athletes use smelling salts to help boost performance before a game, weightlifting, or training. According to an article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, smelling salts have a…

Heroin use in U.S. more than doubled since 2002

Heroin use in the United States has nearly doubled since 2002, as have health problems related to injecting of the drug, a new analysis has revealed. In findings published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from the agency estimated that 0.32 percent of the American population took…

‘Light activity’ may lower depression risk in young people

Researchers already know that physical activity can help lower the risk of depression in adults. A new study suggests that active young adolescents are less likely to experience symptoms of depression by age 18, compared with their sedentary peers. “Our findings show that young people who are inactive for large…

What to know about nyctophobia

Nyctophobia is an irrational or extreme fear of the dark. People with nyctophobia experience significant anxiety, tension, and feelings of uncertainty concerning the dark. Keep reading to learn more about nyctophobia, including the symptoms and causes, as well as how to overcome it. The term comes from two Greek words:…