Family And Addiction

In Sickness and in Health: When Married Couples Face Addiction Together

The topic of addiction usually stimulates thoughts and conversations about the millions each year that develop and suffer from drug abuse. Most people immediately think about the physical, behavioral, economic and legal repercussions before exploring the implications for addicts’ families. It may be reasonable to consider the disease of addiction in this way—working from inside … Continue reading In Sickness and in Health: When Married Couples Face Addiction Together

Addiction Recovery

How to Prepare for the Party Season When You’re Sober

When you’re sober, you face the year-round challenge of social gatherings that involve alcohol. These gatherings become even more frequent and difficult to navigate during party and holiday seasons. As Everyday Health[1] explains, “The holidays involve seeing old friends and family (not all of whom you get along with), and rituals that may have involved … Continue reading How to Prepare for the Party Season When You’re Sober

Addiction Recovery

Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method?

  When it comes to the current conceptualization of addiction, most would subscribe to the compelling disease model, which decidedly states that addiction is a chronic, progressive and incurable disease of the brain. In fact, most of the current addiction treatment methods and therapies utilized in recovery programming are based on this notion of addiction … Continue reading Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method?

Addiction Recovery

Is the LGBT Community at Higher Risk for Addiction?

Addiction is an indiscriminate disease. Anyone who experiments with alcohol or drugs—regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, location, political affiliation and so on—could become chemically dependent. Moreover, people can begin abusing dangerous, mind-altering substance for any number of reasons; however, many of those reasons amount to substance abuse being a form of self-medication. In … Continue reading Is the LGBT Community at Higher Risk for Addiction?

Drug Treatment

Newly Diagnosed with HIV/Hepatitis C? Here’s How to Best Get Help

Deciding to get help for an addiction is a brave first step. The situation turns more challenging, however, when seeking treatment comes with news of an HIV and/or hepatitis C diagnosis. Fortunately, there is plenty of help for former addicts living with these diseases. In some cases, injection drug users learn they are infected with … Continue reading Newly Diagnosed with HIV/Hepatitis C? Here’s How to Best Get Help