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 from Xanax

How to Safely Detox from Xanax Who knew that taking Xanax (alprazolam) every day—often to help manage nerves during a particularly stressful chapter in life—could have led to addiction?  But the reality is that Xanax belongs to the benzodiazepine family, meaning it is a highly addictive substance.  Benzodiazepine dependence was the reason for over 17,000 […]

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 […]

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 […]

dangers of Heroin and Fentanyl

Understanding the Dangers of Heroin and Fentanyl In recent years the country has been in the throes of a drug epidemic, the degree of which the U.S. has never experienced before.  At the center of the crisis lie opioids, including the illicit drug heroin, and prescription analgesics such as fentanyl, OxyContin, Dilaudid, and others.  In […]

How Long Does It Take to Detox

How Long Does it Take to Detox From Heroin? It’s understandable why someone about to undergo a heroin detox might ask, “How long does it take to detox from heroin,” right?  It isn’t exactly a walk in the park, going through detox and withdrawal from heroin or opioids.  Sometimes it is best to be mentally prepared […]

How Long Does it Take to Get Addicted to Hydrocodone

Wondering how long does it take to get addicted to hydrocodone, which includes the drugs Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, and Lorcet? It is shocking how quickly someone can get hooked on these drugs, happening sometime as fast as a couple weeks. The path to hydrocodone addiction is very common. In fact, most of us have taken […]

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Mental Health Substance Abuse Treatment Centers On their own, mental health disorders and substance use disorders can be difficult to treat.  When these disorders occur together, referred to as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, treatment can become even more challenging.  The difficulty is attempting to determine which of the two disorders emerged first, identifying […]

Naltrexone Uses

Naltrexone Uses in Addiction Treatment Yes, getting clean and sober is rough.  Withdrawing from opiates or alcohol can be highly uncomfortable for those first few days of detoxifying the body, but, fortunately, withdrawal symptoms usually subside by the end of a week.  Getting sober is hard, but detox and withdrawal isn’t the real challenge in […]