With the 2016 elections just around the corner, Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s health have made their way to center stage, dominating coverage from the Dr. Oz show to NPR.
What to Expect after Drug or Alcohol Rehab You’ve completed a drug or alcohol treatment program. This is a huge first step! Be proud of what you have accomplished. Treatment sets the stage for long-term recovery. Next comes transitioning from treatment to the world outside its doors. The real world doesn’t have the same levels … Continue reading Transitioning Out of Addiction Treatment
Dear Enabler, Look, I know your intentions are good. I know that you think all of your “helping” is leading someone back to you from the abyss in which they swim. I get that your rescuing comes from the absolute deepest place of love that humanity offers. But, I also know that it’s fear and shame … Continue reading An Open Letter to a Teen Addicts Enabler
It hardly comes as a surprise, but now there’s scientific proof that many people become addicted to opioids simply because they are in pain. The findings were published July 22 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. It marked the first time researchers ever set out to determine whether there is a direct link between pain … Continue reading It’s Not Your Fault: Study Links Pain to Opioid Addiction
Members of the LGBT community often face a greater risk for substance abuse. Despite an overwhelming consensus on this fact,1 most research in the areas of addiction and recovery does not include sexual orientation. For example, in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence2 the authors searched two major databases for articles on the subject of substance abuse … Continue reading Substance Abuse and the LGBT Community: What We Know
Many addicts become dependent on another substance or behavior after quitting their primary addiction. This is called cross-addiction. Why does it happen, and how can addicts combat it? When an addict takes their drink or drug of choice, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neural messenger, signaling to the … Continue reading What Is Cross-Addiction and How Can You Combat It?
Addiction is a highly stigmatized disease. A large part of this is due to how the media portrays addicts. As a result, society sees addicts in a decidedly negative light. Unfortunately, this moral persecution makes addicts less likely to seek treatment and encourages medical professionals to treat addicts poorly. This perspective has also led to … Continue reading Could Your Job Be Putting You at Risk for a Substance Abuse Problem?
Asking or agreeing to go to treatment is a big first step in the road to recovery. If you have never gone to drug or alcohol rehabilitation before, different ideas and preconceptions probably come to mind. You may think of what you have seen in movies or TV shows and pictures of people going through … Continue reading The Importance of Medical Detox Before Rehab
Every year, new findings are released in the field of addiction recovery. The latest research indicates that addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing maintenance. In the early stages of recovery, addiction treatment can be very beneficial in treating acute withdrawal as well as breaking the cycle of addictive behavior. After initial addiction treatment, … Continue reading Can You Cure Addiction?
It’s an old cliché that people aren’t ready to get sober until they hit “rock bottom.” Rather than talk about or try to define what rock bottom may be for you, it’s more important to talk about being ready to get sober once you reach a certain level of awareness about your addiction. For the … Continue reading Six Signs that You Are Ready to Get Sober