What Do I Do To Support Veterans Suffering with PTSD and Addiction?

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.” Veterans who sacrifice their lives to defend our country often come back home from combat with post-traumatic […]

Suboxone as a Medical Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, is used to treat opioid addiction. Suboxone is a well-known brand name combination of two medications, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. This means it works the same way in the brain as other, stronger opioids do, such as heroin and painkillers. Suboxone produces milder effects than […]

Marijuana: A Gateway Drug?

Many people argue that marijuana is safe because the withdrawals are not as intense as they are with other substances. There is also a misconception that marijuana is not addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018), “marijuana use disorder becomes addiction when the person cannot stop using the drug, even though it […]

How Can I Avoid Relapse When Getting Sober?

Addiction is a complicated brain disease that causes a person to have intense cravings for drugs or alcohol, despite negative consequences. Substance use disorders cause changes in the way the brain functions and impacts judgment, coordination, memory, and behavior. Recovery is a lifelong process. A person in recovery will face challenges to maintain sobriety. Many […]

Avoiding Alcohol While on Vacation

Vacation is a time to relax, unwind, and take a break from work or school. Whether you go to the beach, go on a cruise, or visit another country, vacations are beneficial to your mental and physical health. Unfortunately, many people turn to alcohol as a way to have fun on vacation. Vacation is intended […]

How Do Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction Relate?

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” Mental health conditions are linked to drug and alcohol use disorders and addiction. Post-traumatic stress disorder […]

How Do I Plan An Intervention?

Addiction is a complex disease of the brain that affects all aspects of a person’s life. If your loved one is addicted, he or she can be in denial and the stigma surrounding addiction can make your loved one afraid to ask for help. Addiction interferes with relationships, responsibilities, savings, job performance, and productivity. Drugs […]

Does Medication Assisted Detox Help Manage Withdrawals?

When a person who is battling addiction stops using drugs or alcohol, he or she can experience agonizing withdrawals. Withdrawal symptoms can be so painful and uncomfortable that the individual uses drugs or alcohol just to get relief. Before a person enters treatment, all toxic substances must be removed from their body. At intake, medical […]

What does Self-Care Mean?

  Getting sober is hard work. A person’s lifestyle and mindset needs to change. He or she must be determined throughout the process and maintain a positive attitude to have success in recovery. When a person goes through detox, he or she experiences withdrawals that can be very painful. Depending on the severity and duration […]

Can Nutrition Help With Addiction Recovery?

Addiction takes a toll on a person’s physical and mental health. When a person is addicted, nutrition is often overlooked. Substance abuse leads to a lack of good nutrition due to not eating enough throughout the day or eating foods that lack proper nutrients. Good nutrition is essential for restoring and maintaining physical and mental […]