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Understanding the Addictive Personality

An addictive personality refers to a set of personality traits that make one more likely to engage in behaviors that may lead to addiction. The idea of an “addictive personality” is a bit of a misnomer. While psychological traits do play a factor in one’s likelihood of engaging in drug or alcohol use, there areRead More

How Dangerous is Long-Term Marijuana Use?

Marijuana is considered one of the safest drugs. This is because it does not have the potential for overdose, it has very few physical side effects, and it does have the potential to effectively treat a variety of conditions such as epilepsy. However, to say that it is entirely harmless is not completely accurate. WhileRead More

Generation Y and Social Media Addiction

Drugs aren’t the only things that can cause addiction. There are a variety of behaviors such as gambling and sex that can quickly become addictions. Now it appears as though internet and social media may be gaining prominence among younger generations as a debilitating addiction. According to a 2012 Current Psychiatry Review article entitled InternetRead More

Learning to Take Advice from Others

When we enter into recovery, it can be difficult to take suggestions from others. We were so used to trying to control every situation and ‘run the show’ ourselves that we may be uncomfortable listening to others. However, in a treatment setting we are often surrounded by staff who are experienced with addiction and knowRead More

Is Suboxone Safe?

The use of maintenance medications is a divisive topic in the recovery community. On one hand, continued use of suboxone maintains one’s addiction to opioids and may diminish one’s quality of life. On the other hand, there is evidence that the use of suboxone can help protect against overdose and allow one to maintain employmentRead More

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

The stigma of addiction can be deadly. When a person suffering from addiction or alcoholism feels shame for their disease, it can keep them from seeking the treatment they so desperately need. Many people falsely believe that addiction is the result of a lack of willpower or moral values rather than a disease. They mayRead More

The Risks of Combining Alcohol and Drugs

Whether drugs are prescription, illicit, or over-the-counter, mixing them with alcohol can be extremely harmful and, in some cases, lethal. Alcohol is a depressant and combining it with other drugs or medications can easily disrupt the body’s ability to regulate itself. When combines with other depressants, the threshold for overdose becomes much lower and canRead More

Is Addiction a Matter of Choice?

There has been an ongoing debate as to whether addiction is a disease or a matter of choice.  Many people do not believe in the disease model, instead thinking that people suffering from addiction are simply choosing to continue engaging in substance use. However, all scientific research points to the disease model of alcoholism andRead More

The Benefits of Medically-Assisted Detox

Certain drugs create major changes to the brain that result in physical dependence. Over time, a person will be unable to achieve the same effects from a drug and they must increase the amount of frequency of their use. Eventually this result in changes that are so strong, a person will become very sick ifRead More

The Horrors of PCP

Phencyclidine, better known as PCP, is a dissociative anaesthetic capable of producing distorted perceptions, severe hallucinations, and violent behavior. PCP is one of the most dangerous drugs in the world because the effects of taking the substance are entirely unpredictable.   According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “at moderate to high doses, PCPRead More