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What You Need to Know About Choosing a Drug Rehab Program

Choosing a drug rehab program can be a confusing and frustrating process.  Whether you’re searching for a treatment facility for yourself or a loved one, you want to be sure you’ll find one that meets your expectations and needs. The abundance of information about rehabs can make you feel overwhelmed when it comes to narrowing it down to one facility.  […]

Why are Overdose Deaths Among Millennials on the Rise?

Between 2007 and 2017, drug-related overdose deaths among millennials (people aged 18 to 34) increased by 108%.  Opioid overdose death rates among millennials increased by more than 500% between 1999 and 2017.  Alcohol-related deaths among this age group were up 69% while suicides were up 35%. This information is provided by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and their […]

5 Important Differences Between Smart Recovery and 12-Step Programs

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is a 12-step program founded in 1935 for people struggling with alcohol abuse. AA has a presence in most cities and rural communities across the United States. Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step program founded in the 1950s to address addiction to amphetamines, opiates, barbiturates, and other substances. SMART Recovery is a relatively new organization, and it […]

Are There Benefits to Having Methadone Maintenance Treatment?

Methadone maintenance treatment is not something new to the methods of treating opioid addiction. Methadone maintenance treatment has been used since the 1950s for opioid-dependent patients. This drug is an opiate, and it is addictive. However, addiction to methadone is not the same as addiction to illegal opioids like heroin. What is Methadone and Methadone Maintenance Treatment? Methadone is classified […]

It’s Almost Summer:  How to Stay Sober and Still Have Fun

Summer is on its way, and millions of people are planning cookouts and beach trips.  Of course, most of these summer activities include alcohol. For a newly sober person, this may seem like the ultimate challenge.  Can you participate in these things without drinking? Are you able to stay sober this summer? Although summer brings memories of drinking, it is […]

10 Commonly Misunderstood Facts About Drug Rehab

In the United States today, more than 23 million people are struggling with substance use disorders.  The sad thing is that only about 10 percent of these individuals receive the treatment they so desperately need.  Is there a reason why so many people don’t enter addiction treatment programs? It’s possible that some of the commonly misunderstood facts about drug rehab […]

Life After Rehab: The Importance of Transition Planning and Aftercare

A recovering addict’s ultimate challenge is preventing relapse and remaining committed to sobriety.  It sounds easy enough. But, the truth is, it can be one of the hardest things a person must deal with in life after rehab.  Let’s look at some of the ways an aftercare program can help these individuals transition back into society and avoid relapse. Why […]

How Much do You Know About Recognizing and Defining Addiction?

Recognizing and defining addiction isn’t always an easy task. Although there are many ways to define addiction, the American Heritage Stedman’s Medical Dictionary defines it as the “habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control.” In the worst cases, addictions have a few devastating similarities that can be agreed upon by all: Addiction separates […]

5 Real Life Lessons About Alcoholism

Life lessons are not always the easiest parts of our lives as we mature and grow older. But somehow we learn to respect them and be grateful for them. Some things come to us quickly while others are hard lessons to learn. Sometimes we start on a road that we do not perceive as wrong.  However, when we do finally […]

Problems for Teens and Young Adults: Ritalin and Addiction

Ritalin is a central nervous stimulant for treating ADD/ADHD and narcolepsy.  However, when the individual takes more than prescribed to get a euphoric feeling, Ritalin and addiction become a problem. Ritalin (Methylphenidate) is responsible for regulating chemically charged nerves. These nerves are responsible for impulse and hyperactivity synapses in the brain.  Ritalin is an FDA approved drug that was initially […]

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