Misuse and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, have been front and center in the news for several years. Every day, more than 115 Americans lose their lives to opioid overdoses.
Posted on April 11, 2018 in Addiction
The loss of property, businesses and personal possessions, coping with life-threatening illness and tragic deaths due to natural disasters are well-documented. Although peer-reviewed articles, blogs and memoirs have been written on the impact of natural disasters on drug users, this important issue is not engraved in the collective public conscience.
Posted on April 2, 2018 in alcohol and drug addiction
Binge drinking is a pattern of consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short amount of time. This type of alcohol use disorder may not involve physical dependence on alcohol, but it can still lead to a lot of unpleasant and unintended consequences, such as accidents, violence, health problems or job loss.
Love is the subject of many songs and films, creating a culture in which people are driven to make relationships the most important thing in life. For some people, being in love or having relationships isn’t rewarding. Instead, it is full of drama, turbulence and unpredictability, which may be due to codependency.
Posted on March 5, 2018 in Recovery
Alcoholism is a serious health condition that requires targeted medical intervention. For problem drinkers in need of rehab alcohol inpatient treatment services are usually recommended, although outpatient programs are sometimes offered as an alternative.
College students, and even high school students, sometimes abuse Adderall in order to benefit from its stimulating effects. Some students use it in order to spend a late night studying, but there’s another recreational use of Adderall that is gaining popularity: mixing it with alcohol.
Posted on February 7, 2018 in Recovery
Many people who contemplate getting help for their drug or alcohol addiction worry that their job won’t be there when they return to the workforce. Examples of how drug use impacts work include being late to work repeatedly, taking an inordinate number of sick days, acting combative with colleagues or producing subpar work. Unless you have completely concealed your addiction, chances are your supervisor has noticed these behaviors and may have even discussed them with you.
The teenage years are a time of new and exciting experiences, including falling in love for the first time. During these years, the adolescent brain is going through a period of growth and development involving the reward system, which is the way the brain is able to motivate behavior. During the period of these age-related changes, emotions and reactions can be very intense. Because of all the change going on under the surface, teens can be very vulnerable to addiction in all forms, including love addiction.
Posted on January 18, 2018 in Alcoholism
Alcohol use disorders and binge drinking are insidious enemies. Considered the most common type of drinking pattern in the United States at this time, binge drinking is difficult to stop due to its episodic nature. Fighting alcohol addiction alone can be a daunting task, so learning how to stop binge drinking on your own can be challenging.