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 to drugs or alcohol may have used substances to cope with negative feelings and toxic memories that may have seemed unbearable. For others, substance abuse is a way to…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
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
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
Recovery from an addiction is a difficult journey, but not an impossible one. Establishing the first steps in recovery will set a path towards a permanent, sustainable, and healthy life, free from addiction and pain. Whether seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, counseling, treatment, and support are necessary for living an addiction-free life.…Details
If you’re in recovery, you’re likely not drinking. But if you’re at a celebration, party, or get together, especially one where you don’t know others very well, there might be the danger of someone spiking your drink. One popular club drug is Ketamine and it’s often used to spike drinks because of the effects it…Details
Addiction is an illness that requires ongoing care. Whether you’ve been addicted to alcohol, heroin, or cocaine, you’re going to have to stay on top of your cravings, triggers, and physical health in order to stay sober. With an opiate addiction (heroin and prescription pain pills), the ongoing treatment may include taking regular doses of…Details
Books can play a significant role in a person’s life – whether they’re addicted to drugs and alcohol or not. Books often have a wealth of information – especially self-help books – that can help a person with a problem they may be facing. Even novels and other fiction books can be enlightening and inspiring.