Psychiatric Comorbidities May Increase Risk for Polysubstance Use Disorder.

Every day, almost 200 Americans die of a drug overdose, often involving opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “more than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, a type of prescription sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety or to help with insomnia.” Benzodiazepines (also called “benzos”) include diazepam (Valium), alprazolam…

Heroes Health Initiative

“Healthcare workers on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic are being called heroes, and we can all see why”, wrote Matthew Lewis, et al. on Statnews in May. “They have been asked to treat huge numbers of very sick people in a shifting landscape without sufficient personal protective equipment or coordination. Some have seen…

A man pushes away a glass of alcohol and wonders what the alcohol detox timeline is

Alcohol Detox Timeline

Once you decide to quit drinking, you may experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms within ten days of starting your path on the alcohol detox timeline. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild irritations to severe medical complications. How long your withdrawal symptoms last depends on how long you’ve been drinking, how much you drink, and whether you…

A man drinks from a glass bottle, as his wife considers how family and addiction are interconnected

Family and Addiction

Family and addiction therapy is effective in helping both adults and adolescents heal from addiction in the home. Family therapy can act as a support network if you or a loved one are recovering from substance abuse.  A family participation therapy program combines evidence-based therapies and holistic treatment that addresses all issues that arise from…

A family talks about the benefits of family therapy with a therapist

Benefits of Family Therapy

When someone has an addiction, each member of the family suffers in different ways. As such, the family may need to seek professional counseling alongside the addict. Family therapy is a form of treatment that addresses issues affecting each member of the family, as well as the collective household. For this reason, there are several…

A man sits against a wall with his hand on his head, wondering about alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms occur when you suddenly stop drinking after prolonged excessive alcohol use. Symptoms range from cravings, insomnia, and anxiety to nausea, depression, and delirium tremens. The severity and length of withdrawal symptoms depend on the length of your addiction, how much your drink, and if you combine alcohol with other substances.  The most…