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Can I be Addicted If I Take Medication as Prescribed?

Prescription medication has the second highest rates of abuse in the United States. However, many people find themselves physically dependent on medications like opioid or benzodiazepines even when they take them exactly as prescribed by a doctor. These high rates of addiction result from overprescribing of highly addictive medications, or medications with the potential toRead More

Treatment Myths

Society’s stigma of addiction and mental health can prevent someone from wanting to find help.  People fighting the battles are told lies from the comments and ridicule.  Many believe addiction and emotions are something which everyone can control.  Once addiction is known as a disease, the individuals can understand why treatment is important.  Knowledge ofRead More

Is Physical Dependence the Same as Addiction?

Addiction is a complex disease that requires an entire change in our mind, body, and spirit to overcome. Anyone can become physically dependent on drugs or alcohol over a long enough period of use, but this is only symptomatic of one aspect of addiction. There is a common misconception that non-physically addictive substance, such asRead More

The Importance of Support After Treatment

A person fighting substance abuse has taken the first step and sought out treatment.  What happens after treatment?  Going home would seem a relief.  In reality, going home can be one of the most difficult parts of addiction recovery.  Other people with addiction could live in the home.  Common habits can kick back in easily.Read More

What Happens During Cocaine Detox?

Detoxifying the body is never a comfortable process. Some substances, like alcohol and benzodiazepines, can cause lethal withdrawal effects. Others, like opiates, aren’t lethal but come with extremely discomforting and painful symptoms. Cocaine, like other drugs, creates changes in the chemistry of the brain that cause physical dependence. Breaking this physical dependence requires a personRead More

Physical Health Effects Mental Health and Addiction

To have a balanced and healthy lifestyle, one needs to understand the importance of physical and mental health.  Being healthy is commonly associated with peak physical condition.  Mental health can be low on priorities or ignored altogether.  Realizing how physical and mental health are associated will give an individual understanding of how to balance theRead More

Is Relapse a Part of Recovery?

Many people fall victim to relapse at some point in their struggle to achieve sobriety. Some people even believe that relapse is a part of the process of achieving permanent sobriety. Although relapse is part of most people’s recovery story, it doesn’t have to be and isn’t a necessary part of the recovery process. RelapseRead More

Mental Health First Aid

When someone begins a new job, part of the training is to learn the procedures of crisis situations.  First Aid is common with training in various fields.  With the rise of mental disorders and addiction awareness, companies should consider providing mental health techniques and assistance.  Someone facing panic attacks or fighting depression should not haveRead More

What are the Long-Term Effects of Benzodiazepine Abuse?

Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Ativan, have grown in popularity because of their ability to rapidly reduce anxiety. These drugs, however, have a high potential for abuse due to their strong anxiolytic effects and ability to potentiate other depressant substances. Benzodiazepines are a highly addictive class of drugs with anxiolytic, hypnotic, sedative, and muscle relaxingRead More

Jail and Addiction

Many members of the public still view addicts as criminals.  The stigma of addiction is far from dead.  Police and courtofficials don’t always see a person with a problem or disease.  The authorities view addicts as people breaking the law.  Being clean from drugs and alcohol will not treat the disease of addiction.  Upholding theRead More