Deana Burton is a social worker with over 20 years of experience. She has worked with a variety of clients in many different settings, which has led her to specialize in helping people address their substance abuse issues and overcome their battle with addiction. This blog has been medically reviewed by Kiera Cordiano MS, LMHC.


Risks of Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana is not cannabis. Like the THC in cannabis, however, it works on certain receptors in your brain to alter your mental state. Generally, people use synthetic marijuana because they think it’s a safe, inexpensive shortcut to getting “high.” But, in reality, nobody really knows what’s in this dangerous mix of chemicals that sometimes…

Understanding Major Depression

Understanding Major Depression

Depression has become a buzz word in contemporary society. One of the main reasons is that many still think depression is merely feeling sad. But major depression is a clinically proven condition that affects millions of individuals. Depression changes how a person feels, behaves, and can lead to serious emotional and physical problems. Society must…

What is an Enabler

What Is an Enabler?

According to the dictionary, an enabler makes something easy, creating the conditions for it to happen. While this definition is valid in all aspects of enabling, it’s especially true regarding addiction treatment and continued addictive behavior allowance, without consequences. Codependency can throw a wrench in treating addiction, so it’s crucial to address it accordingly in…