The Importance of Treating Co-occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders are psychological conditions that exist in parallel with a substance abuse disorder. This is also sometimes referred to as a dual diagnosis. One example would be a person who is addicted to prescription opiate pain medications but also has Bipolar II disorder. Many people with substance abuse disorders enter treatment completely unaware of […]

The Importance of Outpatient Care after Residential Treatment

The usual course after an inpatient medical detox is to attend a residential or partial hospitalization program with a sober living component. Better programs will offer aftercare planning for when a patient completes the program and leaves the facility. An aftercare plan typically includes a number of components. 12-step or alternative fellowship meetings, medication management, […]

Are Partial Hospitalization Programs Effective?

Partial Hospitalization Programs, also known as PHP treatment, deliver intensive behavioral health treatment without requiring overnight stays in a medical facility. The popularity of these programs, particularly in drug and alcohol treatment, has grown a great deal in the past 10-15 years. One of the reasons for this popularity is the flexibility this type of […]

Is Your Loved One Addicted? Questions to Ask

Addiction is a cruel master, it is said. Like most behavioral health disorders, it impacts not only the sufferer, but their loved ones. Over 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment. Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 are most likely to use addictive drugs and […]

How Long is Alcohol Rehab?

When a person addicted to alcohol finally decides they are ready for help, one of the first questions they ask is ‘how long will I be in treatment?’. The short answer is: It depends. Any person who is drinking regularly and/or to excess should begin with a medical detox under controlled conditions. This is almost […]

How To Pay For Residential Treatment

Once a person has made the decision to go to residential treatment for a drug or alcohol problem, one of the first questions often asked is: How? Here we will examine the options for residential treatment and how to pay for them. Paying for Addiction Treatment The first step in treatment for a drug or […]

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

For many people, drug rehab cost is a subject that seems both mysterious and confusing. Fortunately, a little knowledge will help demystify the subject and provide some much-needed clarification. The ongoing opioid epidemic isn’t the only sign of a rampant drug problem in the United States, but even a brief look at the statistics associated […]

10 Warning Signs of Bipolar Depression

Each of us have changes in our moods. When these changes become so severe that they are affecting our daily living, it is time to ask for help.  Approximately 26% of Americans ages 18 and older, about 1 in 4 adults, suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. (1) What is Bipolar Depression? Bipolar depression is […]

How Addictive Are Benzos?

Benzodiazepines, commonly called ‘benzos’ are in a class of drugs called minor tranquilizers. The first benzodiazepine developed was Librium, which was developed in 1955. It was followed in 1963 by Valium. It didn’t take long for people to become dependent on this new class of drugs. Encouraged by some doctors who didn’t fully realize the […]

What is Considered Alcohol Abuse?

Social norms with regard to alcohol have evolved over the last 30 years. Drinking to excess has always had consequences, but it was considered more socially acceptable in the past. As we’ve become more health-conscious the expectations for accountability are higher when it comes to alcohol abuse. How do we know when drinking crossed the […]