The Risks of Hallucinogens in Addiction Treatment

How Hallucinogens are used in addiction treatment

Treating substance addiction with hallucinogenics is a current hot topic within the evolving field of addiction treatment modalities. Hallucinogenics are drugs that cause audio, visual, tactile or olfactory hallucinations by disrupting neurotransmitter systems existing within the spinal cord and brain. Neurotransmitters involved with regulating sensory perception and mood include dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine and norepinephrine. Unlike heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine, hallucinogenics do not target “reward” centers or opioid receptors in… Read More

Avoidance Is Keeping Your Addiction Alive

Avoidance is Keeping Your Addiction Alive

Avoidance in relation to substance addiction is simply the refusal that there is an issue. Often times, addicts are in denial that they are abusing drugs and/or alcohol to get through their daily lives. There is a social stigma attached to substance abuse that makes admitting addiction incredibly difficult. Addicts do not want to admit that their entire lives… Read More

Addiction in the LGBTQ Community

Addiction in the LGBTQ Community

Drug addiction has become a serious issue that requires an urgent solution. Overdose and addiction rates just continue to rise as time passes, leaving many at risk for no chance to recover from their substance abuse. For those that do have the opportunity to go through treatment there is the opportunity to understand and pinpoint underlying causes or behaviors… Read More

What You Need to Know About Gabapentin Abuse

What to know about Gabapentin Abuse

Although it has been tested as a low potential for addiction, Gabapentin abuse is slowly becoming one of the leading overdose killers. Called “johnnies” or “gabbies” when taken for recreational use, it is usually mixed with heroin and other opioids to enhance the euphoric effect they have on an individual’s brain. It also tricks the brain into reducing… Read More

Coping with Cravings: 5 Methods to Consider

Coping with Cravings - FHE Blog

In today’s world, many of us are either struggling with addictions ourselves or we know someone who is. Unfortunately, part of the problem with addiction is that fact that once the substance is no longer present, withdrawal sets in, causing all sorts of other issues that tend to keep the addict stuck in the addiction. Withdrawal is a… Read More

Is Addiction Hereditary?

FHE Health Blog - Is addiction hereditary

You’ve probably heard ‘addiction’ be called a family disease, but what does that actually mean? Is that just a metaphor or is there actually a genetic disposition passed on to children that make addiction more likely? Today we are exploring whether or not is addiction hereditary. It’s an Important Question The effects of active addiction are certainly not… Read More

The Difference Between a Behavioral Addiction and a Drug Addiction

The Difference Between Behavioral and Drug Addiction

Anything that becomes the sole focus of someone’s daily life, to the point where they neglect those around them and their responsibilities, can be seen as an addiction. It may be an object, behavior, activity, or substance but regardless gives the individual some sort of pleasure or reward. Addiction elicits a response in the brain that gives the… Read More

Ketamine’s History and Impact

“[Ketamine] is potentially the most exciting development in my lifetime for the treatment of mood disorders, but there is still a way to go before this is ready for prime time,” says Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, director of the Depression Research Program at Yale University. Ketamine was developed in the 1960’s. Surgeons used Ketamine, commonly called Special K… Read More

Taking Care of Your Basic Needs: How to Love Yourself Actively While in the Midst of Addiction Part 6

One of the most challenging aspects of recovering from alcohol and drug addiction is helping rebuild your confidence, which may have crumbled a bit, and the first step to building confidence is the most important thing you can learn, which is how to love yourself. This blog series will explore the tangible ways you can show yourself some… Read More

Taking Care of Your Basic Needs: How to Love Yourself Actively While in the Midst of Addiction Part 5

One of the most challenging aspects of recovering from alcohol and drug addiction is helping rebuild your confidence, which may have crumbled a bit, and the first step to building confidence is the most important thing you can learn, which is how to love yourself. This blog series will explore the tangible ways you can show yourself some… Read More