Alcohol and Major Depressive Disorder

Addiction to alcohol and major depressive disorder are two conditions that have a high likelihood of occurring simultaneously, thus making them a co-occurring disorder. This means that addiction to alcohol and major depression symptoms often appear at the same time. Furthermore, these two conditions are known to exacerbate each other’s negative effects, creating an ever-worsening […]

Benefits of Meditation in Recovery

Meditation has moved out of the spiritual realm and into the medical field. Studies have shown that meditation assists in recovery from illnesses of the mind and the body. It also helps those in recovery from addiction. How Meditation Promotes Recovery People battling addiction have far more stress than the average person. Cravings plague us. […]

Why Just Being Sober Isn’t Enough

A Fork In The Road Sobriety isn’t easy. You tried really hard to get here. Now you’re trying really hard to stay here. That’s significant. Feel the weight of that accomplishment. You’ve made a critical decision. You deserve to feel that sense of accomplishment. But sobriety isn’t the end of your journey. It’s the beginning. […]

Can Benzos Cause Anxiety?

Millions of these drugs are prescribed each year. Classified as sedative-hypnotics, they have an effect on the central nervous system very similar to alcohol.  The withdrawal symptoms and side-effects of benzos are similar to those found with alcohol and barbiturates. The potential for abuse and dependence is very high. For the past 50 years, benzodiazepines […]

Effects of Cocaine Abuse on Mental Health

How Does Cocaine Affect The Brain? Cocaine is a stimulant, which means that it makes the nervous system operate faster. Regular brain functions will amplify, their natural effects seeming more intense. Cocaine works by interfering with the brain’s mesolimbic pathway often referred to as the reward pathway (1). We involve the reward pathway any time […]

How to Cope With the Time Between Therapy Sessions

Perhaps you’ve stepped down from a higher level of treatment. Or you’re attending to responsibilities at home, work, or school. You have a lot of freedom; a good deal of autonomy. And you should have it. Outpatient treatment programs allow for that. Your environment and routine are open. You have authority over your own time. […]

What Should I Do to Get Rid of My Addiction?

“It’s not hurting anyone else.” “What does it matter what I do with my own life?” “Not your body, not your problem.” Do these ideas sound familiar? Even if you haven’t had these exact thoughts, you may have had similar ones. As addicts, we sometimes like to believe that our behaviors only affect us. We’re […]

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 […]