The Practice of Radical Acceptance

One of the many options a person has to deal with a problem is to practice something known as “radical acceptance.” Radical acceptance, an important aspect of behavioral therapy, requires a person to accept the terms of life and not resist the things that one cannot (or one will not) change. Regarding addiction, this includes […]

Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?

Most major U.S. public health institutions now recognize addiction as a disease, , such as the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Medical Association. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that drug addiction is “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes […]

Is It Safe to Combine Xanax and Adderall?

Xanax and Adderall are very different drugs with competing effects. They both have the potential for abuse and addiction. In some cases, physicians may prescribe them both for an individual, and if used as directed, there are no specific warnings against doing so. However, the abuse of either drug is not considered safe and should […]

Xarelto and Alcohol

Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a prescription blood thinner commonly used to prevent blood clots and heart dysrhythmia. Without treatment, these conditions can lead to strokes, and for these reasons, the use of Xarelto in many may be vital in saving a person from debilitating or life-threatening complications. According to Consumer Reports, alcohol consumption is dangerous for […]

Are Suboxone and Xanax Safe to Combine?

Virtually every medication, including Suboxone and Xanax, comes with the potential for side effects that can be compounded when multiple medications are combined. It’s not uncommon for those who have an opioid addiction to also struggle with anxiety, insomnia, or other problems that may warrant a benzodiazepine prescription. And, unfortunately, some people who are using […]

What Are Downer Drugs?

Downer drugs are central nervous system (CNS) depressants that slow activity in the brain and body. These drugs work by increasing the production of the neurotransmitter GABA. This chemical messager functions to reduce the activity of the neurons to which it binds. This action results in effects such as relaxation and drowsiness and sometimes decreased […]

Reverse Tolerance and Other Types of Tolerance

Reverse tolerance, also referred to as drug sensitization, is essentially the opposite of tolerance to drugs or alcohol. Tolerance develops when regular drinking or drug abuse induces changes in the brain’s structure and function, and metabolism adapts to the continuous presence of substances in the body. This effect results in an individual requiring increasingly higher […]

What Is Dab Drug?

Dab drug is marijuana extract (primarily butane hash oil or BHO) that is ingested by smoking or vaping. “Dabbing” can be more dangerous than other types of marijuana use due to the potency of BHO. As implied, the production of this concentrated form of marijuana involves the use of butane, a highly flammable chemical. This […]

What Does Fentanyl Look Like?

Fentanyl is an opioid and prescription painkiller that is available as a pill, powder, tablet, spray, or sublingual (under the tongue) film. Time-release formulas of fentanyl are found as gel patches or lollipops, and hospitals sometimes use injectable forms. Illicit street versions of fentanyl are usually in powder form. Understanding Fentanyl Fentanyl is a synthetic […]

Trauma Recovery and Addiction

In the United States, 61% of men and 51% of women report experiencing at least one traumatic event in their life. People who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have been exposed to traumatic events are at a heightened risk of developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Many people with addictions use substances to […]