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

Identifying Warnings Signs and The Stages of Relapse When it comes to addiction recovery, no matter how committed to sobriety a person is, there is always, always the risk that they may return to using or drinking—especially during the first year of recovery.  Contrary to what many might assume, however, relapse is not an impulsive act.  In fact, […]

30 day rehab

Rehabilitation. The word invokes images of restoration, new beginnings, and wellness. When it comes to addiction rehabilitation those terms are especially meaningful, and should include the addition of one more: life. For addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that, if left unchecked to progress, will eventually cost a person their life. Rehab offers a chance […]

Severe Alcoholism Physical Symptoms

Who would ever think that the partying so common in young adulthood could possibly result in end stage alcoholism and death, but in reality it actually can. Most people become acquainted with alcohol in the college years, where booze-saturated parties are the weekend norm. Most college kids will cycle through this phase unscathed, reining in […]

dope sick symptoms

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. More commonly, those addicted to heroin will refer to this condition as being dope sick, […]

substance abuse and mental health

Treatment for Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Disorders There is no disputing the emotional pain and other collateral damage that living with a mental health disorder can cause.  Living with chronic anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or schizophrenia can become so unbearable that the suffering individual may develop a problem with substance abuse, with drugs […]

Detox Prescription Drugs

Medical Detox Prescription Drugs The drug epidemic and crisis surrounding prescription analgesics, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Dilaudid, and Percocet, has captured the nation’s attention as thousands of people have overdosed and died in recent years.  The government is now involved in a multi-pronged approach of addressing the many sources of the excessive prescribing of these […]

preventing relapse during pandemic

Maintaining sobriety during the coronavirus pandemic will definitely present some unusual challenges. Never in our lifetimes has the nation had to navigate the kinds of upheaval we are currently facing, which, for someone in recovery, can increase the prospects of a relapse occurring. Even with all the usual relapse prevention strategies in place, there are […]

Detox Medicine

Detox Medicine Options for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Just the anticipation of the detox and withdrawal process can deter many people from ever considering getting help for a drug or alcohol problem.  Detox is the necessary first step in the journey of recovery, so it’s not like it can be skipped. It is necessary for […]

painkiller addiction

Rehab For Painkiller Addiction and Dependence It seems each day there is a news story related to the opioid addiction crisis in America.  Unwinding the cause of this epidemic has led to research and eye-opening study results.  While recreational misuse or abuse of painkillers is one part of the problem, increasing insights on the role […]