Updated November 22, 2022 Substance abuse treatment is an effective way to break free from drugs or alcohol, but the stigma that surrounds seeking out treatment might prevent some people from getting the help they need. A recent research review published in the journal Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation looked at ... Read More
Egosyntonic and Egodystonic Behaviors in Psychotherapy
Addiction is a complex disease that impacts all aspects of your life. It affects you physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically, causing you to change how you think, feel and act. When you're struggling with addiction to a particular substance like heroin, alcohol, opiates, or a combination of ... Read More
Alcohol Relapse Rates & How to Get Off the Merry-Go-Round
Updated May 2022 According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), over 15 million American adults have an alcohol use disorder (AUD) at any given time, marked by frequent drinking with the inability to control the amount consumed or stop easily. When a person receives treatment for ... Read More
Hydrocodone: A Drug Profile
Hydrocodone, a type of opioid drug, is the second most frequently seen drug in illegal drug activity, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The drug was used by 11.5 million people in the United States over the age of 12 in 2016, most commonly for pain relief. Abuse of hydrocodone occurs when the drug is ... Read More
Benzedrine: Drug Profile
Benzedrine is a type of amphetamine that was a prescription drug used as a decongestant as early as 1932. Often used as an inhalant, Benzedrine works well to clear the nasal passageways. At first, no one recognized the high risk of addiction that came with the use of this drug. Made popular for many reasons, including ... Read More
Drug Profile: What Is a Depressant and What Does It Do?
Depressants, also called central nervous system depressants, are a type of prescription medication used for treating anxiety, acute stress reactions, or panic disorders. They work to slow down the brain’s activity and include sedatives, hypnotics and tranquilizers. Here's a closer look at what depressants are and how ... Read More
What Are PHP & IOP?
Outpatient programming is an important part of the continuum of care for those seeking to recover from a substance use disorder. While occasionally used as a starting point for those new to the world of recovery, outpatient programs are generally not stand-alone. In most rehabilitation pathways, they serve as a ... Read More
How Online AA Meetings Can Help Your Recovery, and Where to Find Them
Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the many tools available to individuals recovering from substance abuse. It provides an opportunity to interact with others who are experiencing the same thing you are, right in the trenches with you. AA is a large organization, with more than 115,000 groups around the world. It’s been ... Read More