Co-occurring Addiction and Mental Illness: The Complex Question of Which to Treat First

Co-occurring Addiction & Mental Illness

Mental illness and addiction are often linked, meaning a person who may have a substance abuse problem could also suffer from depression or anxiety. When mental health and substance abuse are evident, it’s called dual diagnosis. Such patients will need an integrated approach to treatment. It’s not possible to manage just the underlying mental health problem, nor is… Read More

A Recovery Playbook for Benzos: The Stages of Withdrawal

The Recovery Playbook for Benzo Withdrawal - What to expect

Benzodiazepines are a versatile medication with the ability to treat multiple symptoms by affecting the central nervous system. The broad group of drugs that comprise benzodiazepines can target different functions, act at different speeds and affect the body for varying lengths of time. Due to each of our unique metabolizing rates and interactions with pharmaceuticals, they don’t always… Read More

A Recovery Playbook for Meth: The Stages of Withdrawal

A Recovery Playbook for Meth: The Stages of Withdrawal

Meth is an extremely addictive drug, with psychological and biological factors coming in to play to increase the chance that someone will repeatedly return to using the drug. The high of meth is intense and leaves the person with a major crash after the drug has left the system. Many people almost immediately begin seeking their next high, chasing the focus… Read More

A Recovery Playbook for Cocaine: The Stages of Withdrawal

A Recovery Playbook for the stages of cocaine withdrawal

Derived from the coca plant, cocaine is a powerfully stimulating, extremely addictive drug that acts as a triple reuptake inhibitor by elevating levels of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. The addictiveness of cocaine is attributed to its powerful effect on the brain’s mesolimbic reward pathway, which controls feelings of pleasure, reward and motivation. In fact, cocaine is so addictive that users experiencing withdrawal… Read More

A Recovery Playbook for Heroin: The Stages of Withdrawal

Stages of Heroin Withdrawawl

Addiction and recovery are commonly oversimplified. People often think that if someone admits that they have a problem with addiction, that’s the only remaining barrier to getting clean and undergoing successful recovery. In actuality, there are many reasons why recovery from substance addiction is extremely complicated. One of the largest complications to successful recovery is detox and the… Read More

How Quitting Meth Feels – and the Advantages of Supervised Detox From the Drug

How Quitting Meth Feels

Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant available by prescription for the treatment of attention deficit disorder/attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy (a sleep disorder) and to suppress the appetite of obese individuals. Prescription methamphetamine, when used properly, is safe and effective for treating symptoms of ADHD/ADD and narcolepsy. Methamphetamine produced in meth labs and bought on the street is highly addictive, dangerous and can… Read More

The Dangerous Effects of Drug Abuse on the Heart

The Dangerous Effects of Drug Abuse

Can drugs affect the heart? The answer to that is yes, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The type of impact ranges widely, from creating abnormal heart rates to putting you at risk for a heart attack. Injections themselves pose risks as they damage the veins and create the potential for infections. Though many men and women… Read More

How Drugs and Alcohol Can Increase Your Risks of Cancer

How drugs and alcohol can increase your risk of cancer

Can drinking alcohol cause cancer? Does smoking marijuana increase your risk of developing cancer? There’s a well-established link between cancer and drug addiction. Though most people recognize the psychological and physical damage these substances can create, many don’t think of the risk of cancer as a result of addiction. It’s also true that those with cancer may be… Read More

Overcoming Your Fears of Heroin Detox

How to overcome your fears of heroin detox

Depictions of heroin withdrawal in TV, film and other media are harrowing, and in real life, detox from heroin and other opiates has a reputation as being one of the most difficult. This is part of the reason why detox from heroin can be a source of fear for people beginning their recovery. Of course, this is not the main reason why… Read More