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Heroin Overdose: Signs, Symptoms and Getting Treatment

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 13,000 people died from a heroin overdose in 2020. Due to the epidemic plaguing the United States, an average of 44 people died every day that year from an opioid overdose.

Georgia Substance Abuse Statistics 2022

Georgia Substance Abuse Statistics 2022

Georgia Substance Abuse Statistics 2022

Unfortunately, drug addiction and alcoholism are a rising issue in the U.S., including in Georgia. If you’re curious about the status of The Peach State, read on to see the latest Georgia substance abuse statistics in Georgia.

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Why Is Family Therapy Important?

Why is family therapy important? Family therapy is a core element of behavioral health treatment, mental health treatment and treatment for substance use disorders. It gives families the chance to work directly with mental health professionals to learn how chronic illness (such as substance abuse disorders or mental illness) impacts family structure and the individuals within the family unit.

Is Quitting Alcohol Cold Turkey Safe

Quitting Alcohol Cold Turkey: What You Should Know

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The risks of alcohol abuse are something many people underestimate, since social drinking is common and accepted. Many people who are classed as having alcohol use disorder do a lot of their drinking alone and hide their problem from their loved ones for a long time, so we often think of alcohol as a relatively benign substance and wonder why people can’t just stop their excessive drinking.

Is Addiction Genetic

Is Addiction Genetic? Causes of Addiction

Is Addiction Genetic

Addiction has long been one of the most complex chronic conditions to understand. For many years, a lack of understanding regarding addiction caused treatment protocols to be much less effective than they could’ve been.

What to Know About Being a Parent in Rehab

What to Know About Being a Parent in Rehab

What to Know About Being a Parent in Rehab

Deciding to get help for substance abuse is hard enough, but when you factor kids into the equation, the choice seems exponentially harder. Being a parent in rehab is one of the reasons many people struggling with addiction think long and hard about seeking help.

Family-Friendly Options for Drug Addiction Treatment

Going to Rehab as a Parent

While the idea of a parent being addicted to drugs or alcohol may be difficult to swallow, the reality is that children across the nation are affected by parents and addiction.

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Should I Travel for Rehab?

If you or someone you love is one of the millions of Americans affected by substance abuse, you might be wondering should I travel for rehab? If your health insurance coverage will pay for rehab in Florida or you can afford to travel for treatment, consider taking a trip to beautiful South Florida.

Chronic Pain in Addiction Treatment

Managing Chronic Pain in Addiction Treatment

Whether short-term acute pain or seemingly endless chronic pain, the result is the same while a person experiences it. Pain can interfere with daily activities, causing people to feel helpless and hopeless.

Rehabilitation and Treating Substance Abuse Disorders

How Long Is Rehab When Treating Substance Abuse Disorders?

Seeking addiction treatment can be challenging because it often requires you to fully commit to recovery to the exclusion of everything else in your life. However, overcoming drug addiction requires total focus, which sometimes means resigning yourself to the idea that the recovery process may take time, and you may have to put other elements of your life on hold in the meantime.

Effective Drug Rehab

How Effective Is Drug Rehab?

One of the common concerns raised among those considering drug rehab is the program’s efficacy. After all, when you’re in the throes of addiction, you may be hesitant to begin recovery, given the mental and physical rigors of the process.

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Alcoholism and the Brain

Alcohol consumption has obvious short-term consequences on brain function. For example, most people are familiar with the slurred speech and loss of memory associated with binge-drinking. You could forget anywhere from a few minutes to several hours after a night of moderate alcohol consumption.

What To Expect in Drug Rehab

If you’re seeking help with a substance use disorder but haven’t had drug or alcohol addiction treatment before, you may wonder what to expect in drug rehab. Every substance abuse program is personalized to be the most effective.

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Alcohol and Domestic Violence Connection

Excessive consumption of alcohol and substance abuse impair a person’s judgment, lowering their inhibitions and affecting cognitive responses. For example, drinking alcohol compulsively makes it harder for a person to reflect on their impulsive behavior and self-regulate.

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Can My Employer Fire Me for Going to Rehab?

Making the decision to seek treatment for a substance use disorder is one of the most daunting things a person can go through. Fear of how your employer might react to news that you’re going to rehab.

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Should I Go to Rehab?

Not everyone who drinks or uses drugs has an addiction, but occasional use can quickly spin out of control, leading to long-term substance abuse. Unfortunately, people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction don’t always realize when their substance use is harming them.

PHP vs IOP: What’s the Difference?

Sometimes seeking addiction or mental health treatment can be an overwhelming process. There are many factors to consider along with personal goals and preferences including PHP vs IOP. Two of the more common forms of addiction treatment include IOP rehab (intensive outpatient program) and PHP rehab (partial hospitalization program).

What Are the Most Addictive Prescription Drugs?

Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

Some prescription drugs are more addictive than others. The addictive prescription drugs affect your brain’s reward system by flooding it with dopamine, a neurotransmitter, that results in a pleasurable “high” that can motivate you to use the drug again and again.

How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System?

Drinking alcohol represents celebration, culture, part of socialization, and everyday life. While this may be the case, and having one or two beers, liquor, or glasses of wine is normal, drinking too much alcohol can not only make you drunk and lower your inhibitions, but it can also cause brain damage and severe harm to your body […]
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Depression and Addiction – A Toxic Relationship

Many people drink alcohol and use drugs because they are depressed or become depressed as a result of prolonged substance abuse. Depression and addiction have a toxic, cyclical relationship that rips apart families, ruins careers and destroys lives.

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Is Marijuana a Depressant or Stimulant?

For decades, experts have debated everything relevant to the use of marijuana such as whether is marijuana a stimulant or depressant. They debate its adverse effects, its usefulness as a medical treatment, and whether or not states should legalize it for public use.

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Common Abusive Personality Traits of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

A narcissistic personality disorder is a type of abusive personality disorder. Personality disorders are types of mental disorders that can completely affect how a person behaves, functions, and thinks.

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Addiction recovery activities

Addiction is a disease that a person has to actively and continuously combat in order to remain sober. As a result, many people who suffer from addiction end up relapsing and falling back into unhealthy and addictive habits. One particular reason why many recovering individuals end up relapsing is that they do not replace the […]
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What is Demerol Used For? Side Effects and Symptoms

Although Demerol helps many people with severe pain, it can cause addiction. And the risk may increase if you have a substance use disorder (SUD) such as an addiction to drugs or alcohol. So, Demerol can help you, but it comes with its risks and precautions. Many people that have been prescribed Demerol don’t even […]
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The Best Foods for Alcohol Detox and Addiction Recovery

So you’ve decided to get help and start alcohol addiction treatment? We understand it is a huge step for you and we are here to help. There are a number of different foods that you can eat in order to help with alcohol detoxing and addiction recovery.

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Trazodone and Ambien: What are the Similarities and Differences?

Countless people in the world suffer from chronic insomnia, depression, or both. As a result, doctors often give prescription medications such as trazodone and Ambien to patients. Because doctors often prescribe trazodone and Ambien to patients with insomnia specifically, people often think that these two medications are the same, when in fact, they are quite […]
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How to Cope With An Eating Disorder

Within the United States, The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) has forecasted that approximately 30 million people suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder in their lifetime.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Benefits of CBT for Athletes With Anxiety

Cognitive Behavioral Model For Athletes

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques have been proven to help alleviate anxiety in athletes. CBT for athletes can help them deal with stress inside and outside the world of sports.

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Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

Most people who regularly drink alcohol already know the symptoms of being intoxicated, like slurred speech and poor coordination. Sometimes though, you might be witnessing a severe health emergency and not even know it. Individuals who indulge in drinking a lot of alcohol in a short period are at significant risk of developing alcohol poisoning […]
High-Functioning Substance Abusers

High Functioning Addict

Don’t be fooled…

There are over 20 million Americans struggling with substance use disorders and they can be found all around us. While the stereotypes of drug and alcohol abuse have painted pictures of lowly people without jobs or families, who are unable to function in daily life, the reality is quite the opposite, there are high functioning drug addicts everywhere.

10 Signs of Relapse in Your Loved One

10 Signs of Relapse in Your Loved One


In the context of alcohol and drugs, a relapse indicates the return to a given substance following a non-negligible period of sobriety. A relapse can be particularly traumatic, not just for the patient but for his or her loved ones and friends as well, especially if it takes place after completing rehabilitation.

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Substance Abuse At Work

How Work Stress Can Lead to a Substance Abuse Problem

Unless you’re a part of the fortunate minority of the world’s workforce who is immune to work stress, regular employment represents a major source of anxiety and it sometimes feels like work can’t always be left at the office at the end of the day.

Incarceration vs. Rehabilitation

Do Drug Courts Work?

Drug court is an official government organization that provides rehabilitation to non-violent offenders through intensive treatment and monitoring. The drug court team includes the judge, district attorney, public defender, probation officer, treatment provider, and case manager who work together to develop a comprehensive substance use disorder treatment plan for each participant. Participants must complete all […]
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Studies Links Religion to Reduction in Alcohol Abuse

The inclusion of religion and spirituality in addiction treatment has long been a hotly debated topic. Most famously, the 12 steps created by Alcoholics Anonymous (with over 2 million members worldwide) are heavily associated with religion and spirituality. Being that the 12 steps are one of the most commonly used treatment strategies in the addiction […]
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Bipolar And Alcohol Use Disorder

Bipolar disorder, once known as manic depression, is a serious mental health disorder characterized by sudden and intense changes in mood, energy levels, and behavior. While the disorder itself is a hardship to bear, those afflicted with it also have a higher risk of developing alcohol addiction.

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The Link Between Trauma and Female Addiction

Female addiction treatment has evolved over the last few decades. With an increased understanding of what causes women to abuse alcohol and drugs, treatment professionals have a better understanding of how to treat them. In the past, focus was placed solely on the addiction, with the assumption that other problems would be resolved during rehab […]
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Men’s Mental Health Crisis: Struggle in Silence

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There are many biological and sociological gender differences between men and women, but some of the most primary distinctions include men and mental health, which includes the prevalence, diagnosis, escalation and treatment of mental illnesses.

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Exercise and Addiction Recovery

Can Exercise Help Conquer Drug And Alcohol Addiction?

It’s common knowledge that exercise is good for you, but finding the time and motivation to work out can be a challenge.

American Drug Use Is on the Rise

Drug Addiction in The United States

Across most generations, genders, and demographics drug use in America has increased. Whether discussing heroin, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, marijuana or synthetics, American drug abuse has reached alarming levels.

With so much information available about the dangers of drug abuse in America and headline after headline about record opioid abuse and overdoses, one would think that these numbers would be headed in the opposite direction.

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Millennials and Drugs: What’s Their Drug of Choice?

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The Face of Millennials And Drugs

Every generation has its trends, including trends with drug use, millennials and their drugs are no different. From bootlegging in the 1920s as a response to the prohibition to the federal government declaring the war on drugs in the 1970s, substance abuse has always been widespread in modern American life.

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Substance Abuse Intervention

When it comes to substance abuse and drug addiction, we as a society are more reactive than proactive. Too often, substance abuse intervention is forgotten, a person’s substance abuse goes unnoticed, unchecked, or ignored until a physical or mental health problem forces their loved ones to acknowledge that a serious drug addiction problem has developed and that something must be done about it.

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Female Alcohol Abuse Now Rivals Males

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Women are closing the gap with men when it comes to alcohol consumption. Previous research has indicated that men typically consume more alcohol than women and are more likely to abuse alcohol, drinking it to the point that it affects their health.

Can Wealth Shield You from Addiction?

Wealth and Addiction

Can Wealth Shield You from Addiction?

It’s undeniable that being wealthy can protect a person from many of life’s harsh realities and offer countless advantages in virtually any situation. However, when it comes to wealth and addiction, this is not always the case.

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Effects of Alcoholism on Families and Friends

Dealing with an alcoholic parent has a more significant impact of alcohol abuse on children than most are aware. Not just alcoholism, but an addiction of any kind causes problems for the substance abuser’s family finances, psychological well-being, and physical health.

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Can Recovery Be Successful Without Aftercare?

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The battle with a debilitating drug addiction is a lifelong process despite rehabilitation only taking up a small slice of a person’s life. What better way to ensure a smooth transition into what lies ahead of addiction than undergoing aftercare with the same professionals that helped you when you were at your most vulnerable.

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The Role of Family In Addiction Recovery

When people discuss the impact of addiction, the focus is often on the addicted individual. While no one endures the consequences of chronic substance abuse at the same level as the user, family members are frequently a close second, making family addiction recovery an important factor toa drug-free life.

Drug use On The Rise In The United States

Employee Drug Use

It’s On The Rise In The United States

Positive drug tests for American workers doubled from 2015 to 2016, and employee drug use is as high as it has been in a decade.

Teen Drinking Is Declining And That’s Actually Bad News

Teen Drinking Is Declining And That’s Actually Bad News

According to federal data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September, 2016, teen drinking among Americans has dropped to new, encouraging lows.   While 17.6 percent of adolescents, ages 12 to 17, used alcohol in 2002, only 9.6 percent used in 2015. What’s more, rates of alcohol use disorder […]