addiction recovery

12 Stupid Things That Can Affect Your Recovery

Recovery from addiction, whether it’s recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction, requires us to truly emerge from the addiction a different person. During addiction treatment (or drug rehab), we have the opportunity to heal from past trauma and pain, and we learn to live and practice a more spiritual and conscious life. Once our time in treatment is over, we take these new practices into our daily lives.

This means we have to be on the lookout for things that could trip us up; those little crossroad moments and decisions that can easily spiral into a relapse. Here are 12 of the most common things you might do in early recovery that have the potential to destroy your hard work and put you in danger.

Read More
addiction recovery

Getting Through Xanax Withdrawal: What You Should Know

Are You Experiencing Xanax Withdrawal? 

Xanax, the trademark name for Alprazolam, is a medication prescribed to provide temporary relief from panic and anxiety disorders. It increases a neurotransmitter called GABA, which soothes the brain when it becomes overexcited. Some individuals may begin to self-medicate, however, which leads to increased use over a short period of time and physical dependence. When the drug is no longer available, or available in smaller doses, Xanax withdrawal can occur.

Read More
Oxycodone addiction

How to Avoid Oxycodone Addiction (50% All Users Become Dependent)

Want to break free of Oxycodone addiction?

Oxycodone is a type of opioid pain medication that mimics drugs, such as heroin and morphine. Oxycodone is a controlled substance that is effective at relieving pain, but highly addictive. In fact, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) states that approximately 50 percent of all individuals who take Oxycodone for a consecutive period of three months will still be taking it five years later.

For individuals trying to free themselves from the grip of this medication, this is quite a grim outlook. However, you don’t have to be a statistic.

Read More
addicted seniors

Addicted Seniors: Talking to Your Parents About Treatment

Are You an Adult Child With an Addicted Parent?

Addicted seniors. It’s a real problem.

If your parents were ill, you’d do anything you needed to in order to help them. Unfortunately, when adult children begin to see their older parents sink into alcoholism or drug addiction, they often are unsure how to approach the situation. It’s difficult to see a 50- or 60-year old parent and come to the realization that they may be an alcoholic or addicted to pain medication; then, to find a way to talk to them about it without damaging the relationship can be very difficult.

Read More
sober living

Sober Living Helps End the Deadly Relapse Cycle

After spending a month or more at an addiction recovery facility in an inpatient program, transitioning directly back into your own home can be quite difficult for most people. Normal life doesn’t feel the same anymore, now that you’re no longer using drugs or alcohol. That feeling alone can lead to relapse, but there are other challenges as well, such as facing the same people, places and situations that were once part of your substance abuse lifestyle. Sober living can help.

Read More
nalmefene

Nalmefene: A Pill To Help Alcoholics Drink Like Normal People?

Recently, the co-founder of the Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research, Wim van den Brink, suggested a change to the way we think about alcoholism. Unlike what we’ve been told for years, van den Brink suggested that alcoholics should not abstain from alcohol completely.

What did he say?

While the majority of us curiously tipped our heads to the side, wondering what would come next, van den Brink presented his solution: a pill designed to help alcoholics drink like normal people; nalmefene.

Read More
relapse

Ending the Cycle of Chronic Relapse

Relapse is something all of us think about when we enter addiction treatment for drug or alcohol use. It’s a common problem among those who have decided to stop using. In fact, NIDA, or the National Institute on Drug Abuse, reports that as many as 60 percent of people who have been through addiction treatment will relapse.
Why?
Who’s to blame?
What can we do to lower these numbers?

Read More
sober

6 Things that Will Keep You Sober over the 4th of July

Each year on the fourth of July, celebrations of our independence begin. From New York to LA, you can count on backyard BBQs, red-white-and-blue, and thousands of firework displays. You can also count on parties, most of which feature alcohol as the main beverage. As a sober person, how do you enjoy the holiday without feeling like you’re missing out, or relapsing? Here are six solutions to your problem.

Read More
opiate addiction

Opiate Addiction In the Workplace: Treatment or Termination?

Opiate Addiction Treatment and the Workplace

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 22 million adults struggle with a substance use disorder. Alcoholism, opiate addiction, and other forms of substance abuse adversely affect the friends and family of the user. It is said that addiction is a family disease. Another group of individuals who feel the weight of addiction are the coworkers and employer of the person struggling.

According to a National Safety Council survey, only 19 percent of employers are prepared to properly deal with an employee addicted to alcohol or opioid / opiate medications. 25 percent stated that they were extremely unprepared. This is likely due to the 81 percent of employee drug policies being incomplete.

Read More
addictive drugs

What Are the Top 10 Most Addictive Drugs

Addiction can be defined as the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors. Classic hallmarks of drug addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial.

When you think of full blown drug addiction, what comes to mind?

Read More
1 2 3 9

Search

+