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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. Two of the more common forms of addiction treatment include IOP treatment (intensive outpatient program) and PHP treatment (partial hospitalization program). While both of these treats addiction and have similar features, they […]

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab: Making the Right Decision for Your Journey

After deciding to attend addiction treatment, individuals must decide which type of addiction treatment program they want to attend: inpatient vs. outpatient rehab. This is arguably an even bigger decision than the one to attend addiction treatment. That’s because, for rehab to work, it’s vital to attend the type of addiction treatment program that will best […]

What Are the Most Addictive Prescription Drugs?

Some prescription drugs are more addictive than others. Most of the most addictive pills 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. This results in a tolerance that can push you to increase your dosage and […]

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 […]

World Mental Health Day 2020: Raising Awareness

On October 10th, World Mental Health Day will be observed to remind us all of the importance of mental health awareness. On this day, mental health providers have a platform to talk about what is still needed for people struggling with mental health issues. When we discuss these issues openly, it makes it easier for […]
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Is Marijuana a Depressant or Stimulant?

For decades, experts have debated about everything relevant to the use of marijuana. 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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Personality Traits In Narcissists

Common Abusive Personality Traits Narcissistic People Display

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

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The Importance of Activities During Addiction Recovery

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 […]
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Trazodone and Ambien: What Are the Similarities and Differences

Countless people in the world suffer from insomnia, depression, or both. As a result, doctors often prescribe 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 different. So […]
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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.

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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 signs of alcohol […]
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High-Functioning Substance Abusers

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 addiction have painted pictures of lowly people without jobs or families, who are unable to function in daily life, the reality is quite the opposite.

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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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Do Drug Courts Work?

Since their inception in the late ’80s, controversy and debate has surrounded drug courts in America. On one hand, they are championed for giving drug users opportunities to turn their lives around and become productive members of society, while also not criminalizing addiction and leaving prisons overcrowded.

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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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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 Struggle with Mental Health 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 the prevalence, diagnosis, escalation and treatment of mental illnesses.

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Exercise and Addiction

How Exercise Can Help You Beat Addiction

It’s common knowledge that exercise is good for you, but finding the time and motivation to work out can be a challenge. For those suffering from addiction, it’s especially difficult, as physical activity often takes a backseat to get high.

American Drug Use Is on the Rise

Drug Use in America is on the Rise

American drug use on the rise

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

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How to Spot a Bad Addiction Treatment Program

Choosing to enter a drug treatment program is one of the most important decisions for someone struggling with addiction. But not all programs are created equal. Research shows that, with the growing national opioid crisis, some drug treatment centers are focusing more on profits than patient care.   It can be hard enough for individuals […]
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Substance Abuse Intervention

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

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Female Alcohol Abuse Now Rivals Males’

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.

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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 developing an addiction, this is not always the case.

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What Is the Impact of Alcoholism on Children?

Dealing with an alcoholic parent has a more significant effect on their 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.

Can Cocaine Abuse Make It Hard to Tell Right from Wrong?

Cocaine Abuse Affects on Morality

Can Cocaine Abuse Make It Hard to Tell Right from Wrong?

For many, the ability to tell the difference between right and wrong is an easy distinction. Yet new research suggests cocaine abuse may compromise our ability to make moral decisions and impact how we view right from wrong.

Can Recovery Be Successful Without Aftercare?

Can Recovery Be Successful Without Aftercare?

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.

The Vital Role of Family on Addiction and Recovery

The Vital Role of Family on Addiction and 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.

The Vital Role of Family on Addiction and Recovery

The Vital Role of Family on Addiction and 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.

Fentanyl: RX for a Deadly Overdose

Fentanyl: RX for a Deadly Overdose

The DEA reported that hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills cut with fentanyl have already infiltrated the United States drug market and the problem is anticipated to get worse.

Fentanyl: RX for a Deadly Overdose

Fentanyl: RX for a Deadly Overdose

The DEA reported that hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills cut with fentanyl have already infiltrated the United States drug market and the problem is anticipated to get worse.

Cocaine Addiction: Can it be Suppressed in the Brain?

Cocaine Addiction: Can it be Suppressed in the Brain?

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina may have uncovered one of the most promising therapies for the future treatment of people suffering from cocaine addiction.

The experiments targeted the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain that partially mediates relapse resistance and is located slightly above and behind our eyes.

Employee Drug Use Is On The Rise In The United States

Employee Drug Use Is 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. Quest Diagnostics, a company that tests urine, hair and oral fluid for drugs on behalf of companies across the United States, found that workers across the nation are doing more and more drugs.

Employee Drug Use Is 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.

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 […]
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