Discover resources to help prevent addiction from drugs and alcohol written by Gateway experts.

Staying Sober When You're Lonely

Staying Sober When You’re Lonely

Loneliness is a word that carries a lot of meaning and power. Humans are social creatures, and relationships play a huge role in our physical, mental and emotional well-being. For those in recovery, loneliness can be dangerous. A lack of friendships and close connections can lead to relapse. By learning to combat loneliness, you can…

Can Steroids Cause Anxiety?

Can Steroids Cause Anxiety?

If you feel restless, nervous or panicky, you could be struggling with anxiety. While there are many causes of anxiety — some completely normal — these feelings of intense worry or fear can be a side effect of the medications you’re taking. One such medication could be steroids. While some steroids, like prednisone, are prescribed…

The Alcohol Trap

The Alcohol Trap

There exists a dangerous stereotype that permeates the high school and young adult experience. From an early age, young people are conditioned to drink without even thinking about it. They witness adults at dinner parties, social gatherings, sporting events and celebrations enjoying a drink or two — or four. TV and movie screens light up…

Sobriety and Social Media 

Sobriety and Social Media 

Let’s face it — we all use a substantial amount of social media every day, whether it’s for work, checking emails, connecting with others or for entertainment. From 2005 to 2019, the percentage of adults in the U.S. who used social media increased from 5% to 79%. It’s not only the U.S. who engages in extensive social…

Social Drinking vs. Problem Drinking: What’s the Difference?

Social drinking is a huge part of our culture. Alcohol is available everywhere, from bars and restaurants to people’s homes. It’s a popular way to socialize, relax and even celebrate special occasions. Occasional drinking or even drinking alcohol a few times a week is considered normal and harmless. This ingrained cultural attitude remains mostly unchallenged…

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2019

Every year, there are horror stories about children dying from accidental drug overdoses. Many times, the children got hold of the drugs by going through the family’s trash. Under no circumstances is that an appropriate way to dispose of unwanted/unneeded prescription medications. Flushing medications down the toilet would also be unacceptable because of the potential…