The Connection Between Addiction and Homelessness

homeless man hand help

Homelessness is something that’s often thought to affect people who become addicted to drugs. However, substance abusers are not the only ones who become homeless. In fact, many addicts are not homeless at all, but the situation goes much deeper than the commonly accepted stigmas surrounding addiction. Let’s explore the issue of drug addiction and homelessness.

Read more

Why Depressant Drugs Are Real Downers

Why Depressant Drugs Are Real Downers Ebook“Depressant” describes a range of substances, which can include prescription medications, such as those used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders, as well as alcohol, marijuana, and even tobacco.

While alcohol and marijuana are common recreational drugs, certain central nervous system (CNS) depressants—notably barbiturates and benzodiazepines—are designed exclusively for medical use.

Like many substances, though, prescription depressant medications are often abused. Sometimes what begins as prescribed use evolves into physical dependence and addiction (compulsive use).

This eBook focuses specially on the use and abuse of prescription depressants that affect the central nervous system. Among these drugs are familiar names like Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), and Luminal (phenobarbital). Readers will learn about:

  • What depressants are and how they’re taken
  • How CNS depressants affect the brain
  • Different types of CNS depressants
  • How depressant use/abuse can lead to addiction over time
  • What to do if you or a loved one has an addiction to depressants

To learn more about depressant abuse and addiction, download a free copy of our eBook, From Benzos to Barbs: Why Depressant Drugs Are Real Downers

Download Ebook

,

What Is the Recidivism Rate for DUI Offenders?

drunk woman driving car at night

There is a correlation between repeat DUI offenders and alcohol abuse. This correlation has been established by various studies over the past several decades. There has also been evidence of how DUI Courts are more effective at lowering recidivism rates.

Read more

Children of Addicts: The Consequences

Children of Addicts

Addicts aren’t the only ones harmed by their substance abuse. It can also hurt everyone around them, including their families—and their children.

Read more

Facts About the Psychosis-Meth Relationship

showing human brain activity

Highly addictive crystal methamphetamine, first used in World War II as a stimulant to keep soldiers awake, is today an illegal and very dangerous recreational drug. Whether injected, snorted, swallowed, or smoked, crystal meth use can cause severe psychological damage, as well as physical damage to those who use it.
Read more

Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS

Drug-Abuse-and-HIV-AIDS

People who abuse drugs are more at risk for HIV and AIDs due to more uninhibited, risky behaviors while under the influence.

Read more

,

Why You Need Routine & Structure in Early Addiction Recovery

Routine & Structure in Early Addiction Recovery

Making the decision to get help at a drug rehabilitation center is an important step in your journey toward addiction recovery. Yet, recovery is a process—one that takes place over months and even years. Routine and structure are vital, especially in early recovery when temptation, cravings, and close calls are more likely.

Read more

,

The Intersection of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

People with “dual diagnosis” have a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health condition, such as alcoholism and bipolar disorder. Individuals with mental illness are more likely to develop substance use problems than those without mental health issues. Mental illness often leads people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, yet drugs and alcohol can bring on or worsen mental illness symptoms.

 

Read more

,

How to Deal with Grief Without Using When You Are a Recovering Addict

sad woman discover how to deal with grief

You have taken the first steps on your path to recovery and entered an alcohol and drug addiction treatment program. Everything seems to be progressing okay, with good and bad days, yet you are working hard to remain clean and sober. Then, out of nowhere, something tragic happens.

Read more

Romance in Recovery: Should Two Recovering Addicts Date?

Sparks Romance Between People in Recovery

Making a decision about relationships during recovery can be challenging. While this is a very personal decision, many addiction treatment counselors recommend waiting a year or more before taking this step. Should you delay or dismiss a building attraction to someone you meet in drug rehab?

Read more

Celebrating Summer Sobriety: 9 Tips for a Successful Summer in Recovery

man with backpack walking between grass

The summer can be a difficult time for individuals in recovery, leaving inpatient rehab and as stepping out into summer activities can present an immediate challenge to your sobriety. Barbecues, camping trips, beach parties, and summer weddings may all have been associated with drug or alcohol use in the past, and new strategies will be needed to navigate these hurdles.

Read more

Is There Such a Thing as a “High-Functioning Addict” ?

High Functioning Addict

We often see references to high-functioning drug addicts in the media, and this distinction bears further scrutiny. What is meant by this label and are there different types or levels of addiction? Do these distinctions affect the need for addiction treatment centers?

Read more

The Relationship Between Sleep Disorders and Drug Addiction

Relationship Between Sleep Disorders and Drug Addiction

The human body requires adequate sleep to remain healthy. This drive to sleep well may be at the core of early drug abuse and stand in the way of recovery for many seeking drug addiction treatment.

Read more

Alcoholism & Heredity: What You Need to Know

parents walking with thier kids

One question that comes up quite frequently during alcoholism treatment is whether a person’s children are at risk for this disease. Answering this question is not simply a matter of noting whether the person is an alcoholic and assuming alcoholism is a genetic disease. There are several other factors that play into determining if and when a person will develop an addiction to alcohol, including:

Read more

Why Is the First High Always the Strongest?

First High Always the Strongest

Do you remember the first time you rode a rollercoaster or did something adventurous? Do you remember feeling euphoric, almost as if you were on top of the world? Those feelings are truly irreplaceable. No matter how many rollercoasters you ride, nothing will be as exciting as the initial thrill.

Read more

The Opioid Epidemic May Be Even Worse Than We Thought

By Peter Schorr, President

Every day, countless headlines and major news outlets hammer home the devastating effects of the opioid epidemic. But what we’re seeing on the front page may only be the tip of the iceberg.

The opioid overdose and death statistics come from numbers reported by hospitals and coroners—but those numbers may not always be accurate. As the Washington Post recently reported, some coroners will state the cause of death simply as an overdose, without stating the specific drug used. Because of this, opioid overdose deaths may be underreported by as much as 35%. While Native American and Alaska Native overdose death rates have increased fivefold over a six year span, these numbers may actually be even higher, since coroners sometimes misidentify the race of these groups on death certificates.

Read more

,

Letting Go Of Unhealthy Relationships During and After Substance Abuse Treatment

Healthy relationships are vital to our emotional health and well-being. Conversely, unhealthy or dysfunctional relationships can be detrimental, acting as a destructive force in our lives. Toxic relationships can be particularly troublesome for those who are in or have recently completed substance abuse treatment and who thus may be in a particularly vulnerable state.

Sometimes the signs of an unhealthy relationship are obvious—extreme possessiveness or physical abuse, for example. In other cases the signs are more subtle, such as manipulation or passive-aggressive behavior.

Read more

Low Self-Esteem and How It Can Lead to Drug Addiction

People with low self-esteem can be at a greater risk for substance abuse and drug addiction problems. Self-esteem is how you view your self-worth and the level of confidence in yourself. Those with low self-esteem tend to be more influenced by those around them.

Read more

How to Choose the Right Rehab Treatment Program

Choosing-Right-Rehab-Program

Selecting the right rehab treatment program and center should largely be based on your individual needs and requirements. You need to think about where you are on your road to recovery and in addressing your addiction problems.

If you are in the early stages, where you have come to the realization you need help, sometimes an inpatient program is the best place to start. Inpatient programs provide a structured, caring, and supportive environment to enable you to focus on your addiction.

Read more

,

Those in Recovery Can Say “This Is Me” to “This Is Us”

By Joseph Troncale, M.D.

As one of the highest-rated shows on television, “This Is Us” has become a must-see primetime drama in many American homes. While viewers enjoy the family dynamics and some of the unfolding mysteries, as an addiction treatment physician and a veteran, I appreciate how the show has been handling both substance abuse and the recovery process.

Read more