Seeking a way to break the cycle of addiction for yourself or a loved one is the first major step toward sobriety - learn where to begin.
Underestimating the need for addiction treatment is common - most do it. Interventions offer a way to recommend help for a loved one who refuses treatment.
A vital step towards physical healing, detoxification is the process of weaning the body free from addictive substances in a safe, medical atmosphere.
Individual and group therapy sessions are a key component to recovery. Here patients will learn how to safely cope with past trauma and current triggers that could lead to relapse.
Immediately following a drug or alcohol detox regimen, patients spend time in a residential or inpatient rehab program that focuses on restoring both physical and mental health.
During treatment, each patient develops effective coping mechanisms to help them face everyday challenges without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Over 140 people in the United States are dying each day from an opioid overdose. Opioids are a class of drugs that include illegal substances such as heroin, and fentanyl, and prescription medication such as oxycodone. Both illicit and legal opioids can cause addiction, and overdose.
The CDC estimates that six people die every day from alcohol poisoning with over 88,000 Americans dying annually from an alcohol-related illness. Alcohol use disorders are the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Early intervention and proper treatment can help stop alcohol from taking another life.
Meth, also known as methamphetamine or crystal meth, is a highly addictive substance that impacts your central nervous system. Meth abuse can cause severe mental and physical side effects, including changes to the brain. Stop long-term damage by seeking out treatment now.
NIDA estimates over 35 million Americans abuse cocaine, and 8.6 million abuse crack cocaine. Cocaine is an extremely addictive substance that causes over 400,000 emergency room visits each year, many of which are to treat an overdose.
She closed her eyes and stopped her mind from racing. The swirling vibrations were all around, the beating of the drums that mirrored the beating of her heart, and the warm, earthy smoke of the sage that curled over her face. She took a deep breath in, drawing in the sacred smoke, letting it rest …Read More
My step-brother, Max, is a machine gunner. Actually, he trains machine gunners in the military. He speaks 7 languages and is deployed regularly to far-flung places in the world — more than most service members. Due to his specialization and the classified nature of what he does, Max is unable to explain too much about …Read More
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since 1949, the month-long observance is intended to both increase awareness of the importance of mental health and celebrate the strides that clinicians, non-profits, activists, professionals, institutions, and ordinary people have contributed to treating and de-stigmatizing mental illness. Throughout May, we’ve compiled 16 informative, compelling articles that we feel …Read More
As Mental Health Awareness Month, May is always a great opportunity to reflect on how far I’ve come — and how hard I’ve worked — on my recovery and mental health journey. At ten years sober, I am an unrecognizable version of the lost soul I was back then. I used to feel dark and …Read More
Fentanyl is still king of killers when it comes to drug overdoses in the United States, but another drug is combined with it in 70 percent of deadly overdoses. U.S. federal data show that overdose deaths caused by fentanyl have almost doubled every year from 2013 to 2016 and that fentanyl combined – knowingly or …Read More
Fernando Gomez, a former Evanston, Ill., cop and current agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was arrested at the DEA office where he worked on Tuesday morning, charged with conspiracy to smuggle both guns and drugs. Gomez, age 41, deliberately joined the DEA from the Evanston police force to work clandestinely with a Puerto …Read More
Investigators following up on a lawsuit that began in 2016 are now looking into allegations that 16 pharmaceutical companies conspired to fix the prices of generic drugs. The brouhaha started with an antitrust lawsuit two years ago filed by several U.S. states, including Connecticut over just two drugs. Allegations in the expanding investigation include the …Read More
Santa Monica think-tank Rand Corp. published a study this week saying that supervised heroin injection sites where addicts shoot up under supervision and the use of heroin in treatment could help stem the tide of opioid addiction and overdoses in the United States. So-called HAT, or “heroin-assisted treatment,” and carefully supervised sites similar to those …Read More
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