Coming Clean to Family About Your Addiction

So it’s come to a point where you've come to terms with the fact that you have a substance abuse issue. You’ve realized you've lost sight of yourself, your relationships, and the things that were once most important to you. There's a good chance you’ve been denying your addiction to yourself and your loved ones … Continue reading Coming Clean to Family About Your Addiction

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What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term used when a person has a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety alongside a problem with alcohol or drugs. So, going back to the analogy of having a headache, people suffering from dual diagnosis will use drugs to mask the symptoms of their mood disorders, which in turn causes more harm.

Why Your Sobriety Dates Are Important

There’s no right or wrong way to achieve lasting sobriety. When it comes down to it, as long as you’re doing it in a healthy way, it’s really the results that matter. This is why there are so many different recovery resources available; although we have a tendency to gravitate toward addiction treatment programs as … Continue reading Why Your Sobriety Dates Are Important

What are drug cravings & how can I deal with them?

When it comes to addiction and cravings, there’s no easy way to overcome them. In short, anyone who develops an addiction will inevitably experience cravings at some point in the recovery process and likely even in more advanced stages of long-term recovery. However, even though cravings are an unavoidable, it’s often the case that those … Continue reading What are drug cravings & how can I deal with them?

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Ibogaine: An Alternative to Beating Addiction

Can Ibogaine help with substance abuse? Addiction is a rising crisis in our society and one that has hit every ethnicity and socio-economic class without prejudice. Drug overdose is no longer something that happens in darkened alleys or dilapidated houses. The pain of addiction is hitting middle-class society harder than ever. Addiction changes the brain … Continue reading Ibogaine: An Alternative to Beating Addiction

Society’s Stance on Mental Health and Addiction Needs a Reboot

We know that substance abuse disorders carry a stigma. But when is a stigma something even worse?

Steps to Getting Help with Heroin Withdrawal

In a succession of revelations through which the heroin addict eventually becomes disenchanted with the using lifestyle, he or she decides it is finally time to quit.   Self-disgust for the destruction that heroin addiction has wrought in their life and the lives of loved ones is one key motivator for getting clean, as well as … Continue reading Steps to Getting Help with Heroin Withdrawal

Life Changes to Make on Your Path to Recovery Beyond Just ‘Quitting’

Recovery is hard, and it’s taxing on anyone’s mental health. One of the best ways to prepare your mind for what’s coming is to take some time to practice some sort of mindfulness exercise. Just a few minutes a day of meditation, prayer, or focus breathing can relieve stress and reduce the risks of a relapse.

Moving Forward: What Needs to Happen When the Addiction Treatment is Completed

  Addiction Treatment is Over - Now What? It takes a lot of guts to admit there is a substance abuse problem and begin the difficult path to getting sober and free again. Addiction treatment is a major step, but it’s not the whole process. In fact, the process will continue for the rest of … Continue reading Moving Forward: What Needs to Happen When the Addiction Treatment is Completed

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Doctors Told to Drastically Reduce Opioid Prescriptions for Pain

The Powerful Highly-Addictive Drug The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising doctors to cut back on the dose and length of opioid prescriptions for pain when possible. The agency released 12 recommendations for doctors and other health care prescribers in March. Prescription opioids are powerful, highly-addictive drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. … Continue reading Doctors Told to Drastically Reduce Opioid Prescriptions for Pain