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
When dealing with an addiction, the addict is usually the last person to admit that they have a problem. The majority of the time, a drug or alcohol abuser is confronted by family, friends, or loved ones in an intervention. While family members or friends may not be physicians or licensed mental health professionals, usually…Details
Grief is an emotion that occurs after the loss of a loved one. Symptoms of grief may be denial, shock, guilt, or anger. The trauma that is experienced from a loss of this kind can be all consuming and debilitating, leading to substance abuse or the development of other mental health problems.
Substance addiction is a chronic disease and a chemical dependency. When a drug or alcohol abuser looks to break their addiction, one of the first steps is to begin primary treatment. This is followed by detox and rehabilitation. Primary treatment programs typically take place over a short duration (anywhere from four to six weeks), though,…Details
Inpatient treatment is a specifically tailored program where drug or alcohol addicts receive necessary care to overcome addiction. Inpatient treatment differs from outpatient programs because inpatient treatment mandates that the individual reside at the hospital or treatment center for the duration of the program. The length of time required depends on the person, the…Details
Substance abuse is a chemical dependency that is characterized by the uncontrollable use of addictive drugs or alcohol. A dependency on addictive substances impacts the mind and body and can have dangerous long-term consequences. Health problems like seizures, internal damage, difficulty breathing, tremors, and brain damage are just some of the harmful and life-threatening effects.…Details