Drug and alcohol recovery is a difficult and unpredictable journey. After completing an in-patient treatment program, individuals may face obstacles in the ongoing process of recovery once they leave. Medical doctors and chemical dependency experts often provide suggestions or guidelines for how to best handle recovery. Studies show that, “addiction is a chronic relapsing disease.”…Details
Drug and alcohol abuse is a complex disease that grows from a mix of biological, behavioral, emotional, interpersonal, and social elements. Those who find themselves addicted drugs or alcohol may have used substance to cope with negative feelings and toxic memories that may have seemed unbearable. For others, substance abuse is a way to deal…Details
Opiates (or opioids) are drugs, which are taken to treat physical pain. Some examples of legal opiates (or painkillers) are Codeine, Percocet, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and morphine. An example of an illegal opiate is heroin.
Alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic illness, which affects brain functioning. Because of these changes, addiction can rule over a person due to developments in compulsive and unsafe behaviors and health damage. Because of this, a primary treatment program is needed to address addiction. After primary treatment, recovery can have lasting results like sobriety…Details
Sober living is a recovery option for former users who have completed primary treatment for a substance abuse. Sober living is not just a temporary home, but a lifestyle. Residential life teaches former users how to function in the regular world without having to turn to drugs or alcohol. This main goal of all sober…Details
The right support systems are crucial for an individual’s successful recovery. The people that make up a support system can be family or friends, but they can also come from other outlets. An online support group, a trusted therapist, spirituality, a new wellness activity, a pet, or even a beloved book can all serve as…Details
Sober living is a transitional living environment where drug and alcohol abusers may choose to live after they complete a primary treatment and detox program. Treatment programs are typically short in nature (lasting about six weeks or less). Once the client is stable, they are discharged, and are free to leave and return to their…Details
Mental health issues are rising in the United States. According to numerous outlets those who are disabled by mental illness increased, reaching an all time high in 2007. Studies by the National Institute of Mental Health show that just under half of all Americans met criteria for at least one mental illness.
Co-occurring mental health issues are disorders that include both a mental illness and an addiction. For example, some people may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and a drug addiction. Co-occurring mental health issues are actually common because sometimes an addiction develops as a way to numb the painful effects of an illness. Depression and alcoholism…Details
Prescription drug abuse is one of the most dangerous drug addictions today resulting in approximately 27,000 deaths per year due to accidental and intentional overdoses. Opiate drugs are often legal painkillers. Some examples would be Percocet, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, and Codeine. General practitioners today will prescribe them for a client who is in pain. The client…Details