Coming Down Off Heroin

When someone finally arrives at the moment when they are ready to quit heroin they have likely experienced serious and devastating consequences from the addiction. Heroin addiction causes a wide range of serious health and mental health effects, as well as complete devastation of relationships, career, and finances. Once heroin takes hold of a person’s […]

gut health and mental health

Research suggests that there’s a strong connection between gut health and mental health, with one study noting that people with depression were missing several key species of gut bacteria. Depression, along with other mental health disorders, can result in people experimenting with substances to self-medicate, which can spiral into addiction. Substances can also cause havoc on […]

Codeine Addiction

Codeine is an opiate medication used for treating pain or suppressing cough. Codeine addiction can occur through an increase in tolerance and dosage of the prescription opioid over time, or due to recreational codeine abuse. Cough medications that contain codeine are now available only by request or prescriptions, having been removed from the aisles due […]

dope sick symptoms

If you’ve ever heard this term before, you may be wondering, ‘what is dope sick?’. The term “dope sick” refers to the condition of experiencing withdrawal symptoms due to opiate addiction. The person may initially discover they are addicted to prescription painkillers when they stop taking the pills and begin to feel intense flu-like symptoms. […]

Functioning Alcoholic

Not all alcoholics fit the “typical” mold. There are some individuals who manage to hold down high-level professional positions and seem to have it all together, yet they also happen to have a moderate alcohol use disorder. They are able to conduct their usual daily tasks and juggle significant stressors without showing the usual signs […]

accused of drinking alcohol at work

Times have certainly changed, and for the better. For decades it was considered the norm for executives to imbibe in the office. Many offices even had dedicated liquor cabinets, featuring ornate decanters filled with Scotch whiskey and hi-ball glasses at the ready. Alcohol was considered a kind of social tool, helping executives navigate their business […]

sober up from drugs

When learning that someone is ready to sober up from drugs or alcohol, following cheers of delight the assumption is that this simply involves discontinuing substance use. A general lack of understanding about the science of addiction is at the center of this very common naiveté. In fact, addiction and chemical dependence dictate thought and […]

Doctors who Specialize in Benzo Withdrawawl
supplements for addiction

Protecting brain health and mental health with good nutrition is essential while recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Brain imaging studies of people addicted to drugs display physical changes in areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, judgement, decision making, and behavior control, which in turn leads to cravings and enables compulsive and destructive behaviors, the National […]

Stages of Relapse