It is possible to overdose on alcohol. When you drink alcohol faster than your liver can metabolize it, toxic byproducts start to build up in your system and cause alcohol poisoning. More than 2000 Americans die of alcohol poisoning every year. We typically think of alcohol poisoning mainly affecting college students, especially in sororities and… Continue Reading Can You Overdose on Alcohol?
Thanksgiving is a stressful holiday for many people. You may have to travel or cook for a lot of guests. Whenever you have a big family gathering there are bound to be arguments of some kind. If you are still relatively new to recovery, you may feel extra pressure, especially if your family members drink… Continue Reading 6 Tips to Have a Sober Thanksgiving
Intensive outpatient programs, or IOPs, are part of the continuum of care for addiction treatment. IOPs are intended to treat people who need something more than early intervention or general outpatient treatment but don’t need medical detox or 24-hour supervision. These are often people with co-occurring conditions such as depression or anxiety disorders. Typically, someone… Continue Reading Who Should Consider an Intensive Outpatient Program?
By now, most of us are aware of the big myth about opioid painkillers that kicked off the opioid epidemic: that opioid painkillers are not addictive. Decades of intensive marketing by drug manufacturers convinced doctors and patients that drugs like OxyContin were safe for long-term use and would not lead to addiction. Now we know… Continue Reading 3 Myths About Opioid Painkillers
About five million Americans have wisdom teeth extracted every year. It’s usually quick, safe procedure that takes a few days to recover from. People often feel quite a bit of pain those first few days, which is why oral surgeons prescribe pain medication for patients recovering from dental surgery. Unfortunately, that medication can be addictive.… Continue Reading Can Wisdom Tooth Extraction Lead to Addiction?
The majority of Americans drink at least sometimes. We drink with dinner, we drink with friends, we drink with strangers, we drink to celebrate, and we drink to mourn. With so many culturally acceptable reasons to drink, it can be hard to tell when you or someone you know has a problem. Here are some… Continue Reading When Does Drinking Become Addiction?
Recovering from addiction isn’t easy, and it’s even harder if you have unrealistic ideas about recovery. You might feel like you’re not progressing as fast as you should or that you’re having problems no one else has. In reality, although everyone’s story is unique, there are very few unique problems in addiction recovery. However, having… Continue Reading 6 Myths About Addiction Recovery
Emotional regulation is our ability to turn the volume up or down on our emotions. We need emotions just like we need thinking and breathing, but when we let our emotions control us, we often run into trouble. Emotions may be excessive, counterproductive, or just inappropriate. For example, it’s normal to be sad over a… Continue Reading Why Emotional Regulation is Fundamental to Addiction Recovery
Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the world. They are typically prescribed for occasional use for people suffering from anxiety or insomnia. Unfortunately, you can develop a dependence on benzodiazepines in as little as two weeks of regular use. What’s more, they are among the most difficult drugs… Continue Reading What Happens During Benzodiazepine Withdrawal?
Learning healthy coping skills is one of the most important parts of addiction recovery. For many people who struggle with addiction, substance use was their primary means of coping with life’s difficulties. Whether the issue was stress, anxiety, depression, or trauma, drugs or alcohol helped to relieve the distress. Recovery may appear daunting because you… Continue Reading 6 Coping Skills for Addiction Recovery