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 […]

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 […]

The Importance of Using Supportive Language in Your Loved One’s Recovery

Many people do not seek treatment because of the stigma surrounding addiction. Anyone can suffer from a substance use disorder or addiction. It does not discriminate by age, gender, social status, profession, or race. Addiction is a complex brain disease and changes the way the brain functions to control the rest of the body. When […]

How Do I Approach a Loved One about Their Addiction?

Approaching your loved one about his or her addiction can be difficult especially when your loved one may not think he or she has a problem. There is a possibility your loved one will become angry. Saying something may make the problem worse or hurt your relationship, but can save their life. When you have […]

Sharing Prescription Painkillers Can Be Dangerous

Painkillers are highly addictive opioids and are prescribed by a physician to an individual for pain management. Prescription medication should never be shared with other people, including family or friends. Sharing your pain medication with other people is illegal. Giving someone else your medication can be fatal, and you would be responsible. When a physician […]

What Factors Contribute to Addiction?

Addiction can happen to anyone from any background, social status, race, and gender. Many people are at higher risk of developing an addiction than others are. There are certain factors that increase the risk of a person developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Genetics, family history, mental health, and environment are some of the […]

How Addiction Affects the Human Body

Addiction is a complex disease that changes the way the brain works. The brain controls the way a person thinks, feels, talks, moves, and the function of all organs in the body. These organs need to stay healthy in order to operate on a daily basis and are essential to survival. Addiction causes organ failure, […]

Holistic Addiction Therapy

Treatment for addiction can be tailored to your individual needs. The length and type of treatment depend on the severity and duration of the drug or alcohol addiction, the type of drug used, and mental health. Holistic addiction therapy is effective in treating addiction and focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit. Holistic therapy […]