Drug Addiction

How to Overcome Opiate Cravings

Opiates are part of the opioid class of drugs. While the terms opioid and opiate are now often used interchangeably, “opiates” has traditionally described drugs that are derived from opium poppies, while “opioids” are man-made or synthetic drugs. All of these substances are also known as “narcotic painkillers.” Some commonly prescribed opioids/opiates include hydrocodone, Oxycodone, … Continue reading How to Overcome Opiate Cravings

Mental Health and Addiction Treament

Understanding Suicidal Thoughts: A Practical Guide to Getting Help

By Martha McLaughlin  Suicide isn’t an easy topic. It’s not a subject that’s brought up at parties, at the dinner table or even between friends. This discussion is usually avoided, so you may feel like you’re the only one having thoughts of suicide. But you’re not alone. In fact, a U.S. study determined that 3.7 … Continue reading Understanding Suicidal Thoughts: A Practical Guide to Getting Help

Drug Abuse

Opioid Prescription Rates Are Slowing Down, but Overdoses Are Not

By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP The opioid crisis in America continues to be a serious public health issue. The good news is that doctors are finally beginning to slow opioid prescriptions, especially for people with minor injuries or outpatient surgeries. Opioid use in the news has spread awareness, and many people are writing and calling … Continue reading Opioid Prescription Rates Are Slowing Down, but Overdoses Are Not