a man looks like at a pill and wonders about the 5 myths about drug addiction and substance abuse

5 Myths about Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse

Drug addiction and substance abuse have many associated myths and false claims. Many of which give treatment and recovery negative connotations. These myths perpetuate attitudes that addiction treatment is simply a matter of will power, or that it’s a disease that no-one can do anything about. The only way we can correct these false allegations… Continue Reading 5 Myths about Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse

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What is the Difference Between Crack and Cocaine?

Both cocaine and crack come from the coca plant and are used in rock and powder form. The powder form of the substance is commonly referred to as cocaine or coke. The rock form is often referred to as crack or crack cocaine. The main difference between crack and cocaine is in its form, as… Continue Reading What is the Difference Between Crack and Cocaine?

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How to Stage an Intervention

If you have a loved one or a close friend who is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, you have an opportunity to change their life for the better. While learning how to stage an intervention is never easy, and sometimes extremely difficult, it is always worth it if you can save someone’s life and… Continue Reading How to Stage an Intervention

Tiny empty bottles beg the question about the inhalants effects on the brain

Inhalants Effects on the Brain

Inhalants are household products that people inhale to get high. It is almost impossible to identify all of these products, as there are thousands of them on the market today. Most people who purchase these products have no idea of inhalants effects on the brain. Furthermore, their children – teenagers age 13 to 18  –… Continue Reading Inhalants Effects on the Brain

A man uses a needle filled with heroin as he wonders about heroin overdose symptoms

Heroin Overdose Symptoms

When you misuse heroin you have the potential to overdose, which leads to a wide range of symptoms. Heroin overdose symptoms are not always easy to identify. As such, an individual may go through an overdose episode and receive no medical care. This can lead to terminal health issues or fatality. Get help at a… Continue Reading Heroin Overdose Symptoms

A spilled bottle of pills begs the question: what is a benzo?

What is a Benzo?

Benzo, or benzodiazepines, are a category of medication that doctors use to relieve pain or reduce anxiety and insomnia. These are among the most used drugs in America. Currently, one in eight U.S. adults (12.6 percent) are taking benzo medication for some type of mental health condition.  While benzos are effective in treating these conditions,… Continue Reading What is a Benzo?

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… Continue Reading Alcohol Detox Timeline

A patient asks his therapist "What is dual diagnosis?"

What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Dual diagnosis is a term that treatment professionals use to identify mental illness and co-occurring substance use. Both conditions form a symbiotic relationship in which one either contributes to or draws from the other. For instance, a client may self-medicated to cope with a mental illness. Likewise, excessive substance use can intensify the symptoms of… Continue Reading What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Addiction

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… Continue Reading Family and Addiction