• How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

    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.

  • 10 Warning Signs of Bipolar Depression

    10 Warning Signs of Bipolar Depression

    Bipolar depression is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood from extreme lows to extreme highs.

  • How Addictive Are Benzos?

    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.

  • What is Considered Alcohol Abuse?

    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.

  • The Long-Term Effects of Alcoholism

    The Long-Term Effects of Alcoholism

    We have known for centuries that excess alcohol consumption has dire consequences for human health. Prior to the early 20th century, the phenomenon of alcoholism had undergone only a little study and was largely a mystery. What we did know was that people who drank a lot often suffered serious health problems, especially later in life. More recently, science has been studying not only the long-term effects of alcoholism on the body but also the brain.

  • When Should You Seek Mental Health Treatment?

    When Should You Seek Mental Health Treatment?

    The decision to seek help for a mental health issue does not always come naturally. Many people endure needless suffering for months or years even, rather than seek help.

  • 5 Tips for Managing Depression

    5 Tips for Managing Depression

    Depression can seem to cast a shadow over your entire life at times. Worse, it can be a self-perpetuating problem as the behaviors that it results in usually only serve to cause yet more depression. Much research has been done into depression as it is one of the most common forms of mental illness. While there is no definitive cure, we do have an array of interventions that are proven effective.

  • What is Bipolar Depression?

    What is Bipolar Depression?

    Bipolar depression is a disorder that is defined by cycling moods and energy levels that fall far outside the norm. This combination of manic or hypomanic episodes punctuated by depressive episodes is the primary defining characteristic. To begin to understand this disorder, it helps to know the three main types of bipolar depression.

  • Why Are Opiates So Addictive?

    Why Are Opiates So Addictive?

    Opiates are notorious for their addictive qualities and the impact they have on people who become dependent on them. Opium and its derivatives have been a part of human history for more than 3000 years. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it wasn’t until 1806 that the active ingredient in opium was first isolated. It was named morphine, after the ancient Greek god of sleep and dreams. (1) That marked the beginning of humanity’s complex pharmacological relationship with opioid compounds.

  • What Is the Addiction Severity Index?

    What Is the Addiction Severity Index?

    The Addiction Severity Index (ASI) is an assessment used by clinicians or researchers to evaluate a person’s need for substance abuse treatment. ASI is an instrument that guides treatment planning, and a semi-structured interview process that also assesses the history, intensity, and consequences of substance abuse.

  • 6 Tips for Navigating 4th of July Parties While Sober

    6 Tips for Navigating 4th of July Parties While Sober

    The 4th of July is synonymous with drinking and partying. For people in sobriety, it can be difficult to navigate the holiday. However, if you feel strongly that you want to have the 4th of July experience while staying true to your recovery, these sober party tips can help.

  • Understanding Major Depressive Disorder

    Understanding Major Depressive Disorder

    To feel “low” from time to time is to be human, but what happens when it takes over your life? Major Depressive Disorder, or clinical depression, is a mood disorder that affects how you think, feel, and behave. It can manifest in physical symptoms like extreme fatigue and can affect normal day-to-day functioning. In some cases it can be so severe that sufferers feel that there is no reason to live and can become suicidal.

  • What is Nitrous Oxide? This Risky Inhalant Poses Health Concerns

    What is Nitrous Oxide? This Risky Inhalant Poses Health Concerns

    Nitrous oxide, also known as Laughing Gas or Whip-its, is a colorless, odorless gas which works as an inhalant. It has been provided in clinical settings for over a century to relax patients for procedures. Reusable whipped cream canisters, like the ones for professional chef use, use Nitrous Oxide as a propellant. This is how it is more commonly acquired for recreational use. 

  • Women’s Healthcare Month: How Addiction Affects Women Differently

    Women’s Healthcare Month: How Addiction Affects Women Differently

    In the past, men reported higher rates of addiction and substance use disorder than women, but in the past few decades women have swiftly closed the gender gap. Today, men and women experience roughly equal rates of these issues. However, women’s rates of progression, experiences, reasons for use, and stigmas can vary greatly from their male counterparts. 

  • Substance Abuse Rates Are Higher in the LGBTQ Community

    Substance Abuse Rates Are Higher in the LGBTQ Community

    Tobacco has always been said to be a gateway into heavier alcohol, drug and substance use among the teens. This was proven in 2007, when a study at Columbia University found that the nicotine in tobacco products poses a significant risk of structural and chemical changes in developing brains. These changes actually put teens at greater risk of developing addictions to alcohol and drugs.

  • Effect of Tobacco on Teens and Addiction

    Effect of Tobacco on Teens and Addiction

    Tobacco has always been said to be a gateway into heavier alcohol, drug and substance use among the teens. This was proven in 2007, when a study at Columbia University found that the nicotine in tobacco products poses a significant risk of structural and chemical changes in developing brains. These changes actually put teens at greater risk of developing addictions to alcohol and drugs.

  • 7 Sober Tips for Memorial Day From People Who’ve Been There

    7 Sober Tips for Memorial Day From People Who’ve Been There

    Memorial Day is coming up fast and while many are looking forward to the long weekend, holidays like this one can create some anxiety for those of us in recovery. It might be a little easier than usual, since we’re still technically in the time of social distancing, but we asked some of our sober friends for their tips for navigating Memorial Day.

  • Foster Care: Rebuilding Families After Addiction

    Foster Care: Rebuilding Families After Addiction

    One in three children in foster care are there due to parental Addiction. Foster care and substance abuse are intimately linked and can cause long-term problems for afflicted families. Today we’re talking about starting to heal the trauma that addiction can cause in a family with children, and how to re-build. 

  • 4 Common Co-Occurring Disorders Accompanying Addiction

    4 Common Co-Occurring Disorders Accompanying Addiction

    Mental health conditions can run hand-in-hand with drug and alcohol addiction. In a clinical setting, the terms co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis describe a person who is struggling with substance use disorder and a mental health condition.

  • Dangers of Methylone Abuse

    Dangers of Methylone Abuse

    Methylone is a synthetic designer drug that works on the brain similarly to MDMA or ecstasy, as it is nearly identical, in a chemical sense. It is a stimulating synthetic cathinone that increases energy, alertness, and excitability.

  • Dangers of GHB and GBL Drug

    Dangers of GHB and GBL Drug

    GHB and GBL are two closely related substances. Their euphoric effect has made them popular in club and party environments. GHB is also sometimes used as a “date rape” drug because of its profoundly sedating effects.

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