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Differences Between Professional Care and Quitting Cold Turkey

Differences Between Professional Care and Quitting Cold Turkey There always comes a point on the path of addiction where an individual will look around and notice that their drug of choice has led their life down a dark path. Families, friends, and loved ones are suffering from the addiction along...

Florida Adopts Harm Reduction Measures

Florida Adopts Harm Reduction Measures In the world of drugs and alcohol, addicts are subject to many tragic consequences. Long-term addiction and abuse of drugs lead to overdose and death for many addicts. Even for addicts who don’t overdose and are lucky enough to live through their active addiction, the...

Some of the Most Intelligent People Can Be Addicted to Drugs

Some of the Most Intelligent People Can Be Addicted to Drugs Lots of people associate creativity with addiction, and some of the history’s most intelligent people have had issues with drugs or alcohol. In some cases, their addiction took their lives. We all know about the young celebrities who let...

How Emotional Immaturity Affects Addicted Individuals

How Emotional Immaturity Affects Addicted Individuals Research and studies have all come to the same conclusion; those that abuse addictive substances display emotional immaturity. This stunts an individual’s capability to deal with the highs and lows of life. Addiction treatment aids individuals that struggle with emotional immaturity because it allows...

Inhalant Abuse: Getting High with Household Products

Inhalant Abuse: Getting High with Household Products Drugs that cause addiction aren’t always bought right off the street from the pockets of a drug dealer. The horrific reality that many parents don’t understand is that there are addictive substances in everyday household products. Inhalants are addictive chemicals found in glues,...

How EMDR Techniques Can Assist Patients in Trauma Treatment

How EMDR Techniques Can Assist Patients in Trauma Treatment Many addicts and alcoholics enter treatment with a history of traumatic experiences and pain. Effective trauma treatment is vital to preventing relapse and helping someone develop long-term recovery from substances. This is because the impact of trauma on the human brain...

Club Scene Causing Increased Rate of PCP Addiction

Club Scene Causing Increased Rate of PCP Addiction The club scene in America has caused a rise in the use of newfound recreational drugs in young adults. Festivals, parties, and clubs are giving young people a place to try and abuse novel drugs that have the potential for addiction. It...

Making Friendships Work During Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Making Friendships Work During Drug and Alcohol Recovery It is not the brightest idea to return to old friends who utilize old habits, i.e. use drugs or alcohol, once treatment concludes. Especially in early drug and alcohol recovery, relapse rates are high for those that have completed a stay at...

Simultaneously Treating OCD and Addiction

Treating OCD and Addiction Simultaneously Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that is debilitating for those that live with its symptoms from day to day. It affects a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and seems to control all areas of life. Unfortunately, many undiagnosed individuals do not...

Narcan: What You Need to Know During an Opiate Epidemic

Narcan: What You Need to Know During an Opiate Epidemic America is in the midst of the worst opiate epidemic our country has ever seen. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the most common cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2014, 47,055...

Dating During Early Recovery

Dating During Early Recovery When I got sober, people had plenty of advice about how to maintain my recovery. Most of the suggestions I got concerned dating in sobriety. The general consensus is that getting into a new relationship in your first year of sobriety is a bad idea. Dating...

Fentanyl Addiction Perpetuating High Overdose Rates

Fentanyl Addiction Perpetuating High Overdose Rates With the sudden death of American pop star Prince, fentanyl addiction has become a sudden concern for the recovery community. But, this debilitating substance has been recreationally abused on United States streets since the 70s, causing numerous overdoses. Since the opioid epidemic does not...

Four Phrases That Might Indicate Addiction Denial

Four Phrases That Might Indicate Addiction Denial The biggest reason why people who suffer from addiction don’t get the help they need is denial. Addiction denial comes in two forms. The first is when a person knows they have a problem with addiction and completely deny the fact when confronted....

Addiction Relapse: Identifying It and Preventing It

Addiction Relapse: Identifying It and Preventing It Long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol is the ultimate goal of any treatment program. Unfortunately, addiction relapse is a part of many addicts’ stories. My first relapse happened during the second week of an outpatient rehab program. It was followed by countless more...

Partying With a Ketamine Addiction

Partying With a Ketamine Addiction What is Ketamine and What are its Uses? Ketamine is a common anesthetic that veterinarians use to subdue animals for surgery. Hospitals also administer it to patients with anesthetic allergies. Ketamine produces effects much like hallucinogens and club drugs, so a population of recreational users...

Hallucinogen Addiction: More than just a Bad Trip

Hallucinogen Addiction: More than just a Bad Trip In recent decades, hallucinogens have been more evident in recreational drug use. These drugs cause weird side effects like visions, skewed perceptions, and audio hallucinations. Although people think these drugs are natural and harmless, many are man-made and provide terrifying side effects....

Detox without Treatment = Dry Drunk Syndrome

Detox without Treatment = Dry Drunk Syndrome Many individuals addicted to alcohol think that they can get sober by detox alone. The long and painful withdrawal should be enough to never go back, right? In most cases, it’s not. Treatment for alcoholism goes much farther than refraining from drinking, it’s...

Treating Addiction and Severe Panic Disorder Together

Treating Addiction and Severe Panic Disorder Together One out of five people that experience an anxiety or mood disorder also suffers from an alcohol or drug addiction. Panic disorder, a kind of anxiety disorder, is commonly seen amongst people in treatment seeking help for addiction. Severe panic disorders can leave...

Rehab is Not a Cure for Addiction, But The First Step On the Right Path

Rehab is Not a Cure for Addiction, But The First Step On the Right Path There is a misconception that rehab is the cure for addiction. Lots of people think that once a person goes to rehab, they will come out on the other side no longer addicted to substance/s....

Recognizing the Signs of Addiction in a Loved One… And What You Can Do

Recognizing the Signs of Addiction in a Loved One… And What You Can Do Active addicts live a life of secrecy and lies, which makes it difficult for the people who love them to recognize the signs of addiction. As difficult as it may be to identify a problem, there...

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