Elizabeth Hartney, PhD, is a former writer for Verywell Mind covering addictions. Prior to her role at Royal Roads University, Dr. Hartney was the resident psychologist for a Government Mental Health and Substance Use Branch, and she was project manager for the Birmingham Untreated Heavy Drinkers project, a longitudinal study of 500 untreated heavy drinkers and their relatives at the University of Birmingham in the UK. She has provided treatment to people with concurrent addictions and mental health problems at the Foothills Medical Centre in Alberta, Canada.
She has also held roles in alcohol, drug and problem gambling prevention, and community-based dual diagnosis support services, and was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology ad Counseling at the University of Greenwich, UK. She has authored two books, contributed to numerous government documents, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at international conferences.
People with addictions struggle not only with uncomfortable symptoms and complex lifestyle issues, but also with the stigma which causes so many to live in secrecy, rarely if ever revealing the true nature of their addictive behavior. With a better understanding of addictions, those involved in addictive behaviors, as well as their families and loved ones can gain new hope, and begin to take control of their own lives.