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Does Addiction Treatment Work?

By |2019-03-21T21:39:08+00:00March 21st, 2019|

Does Addiction Treatment Work? It is important for people choosing a treatment center to have a measure of official accreditation, like Joint Commission accreditation, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, state licensure and certifications.  One of the most frequent questions asked by parents is, "does addiction treatment work?" Seek a program that utilizes a full [...]

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Addiction

By |2019-03-08T21:51:05+00:00March 8th, 2019|

Understanding PTSD and Addiction Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, and addiction have proven correlation to each other. PTSD is a mental disorder that develops when someone witnesses a traumatic, scary, dangerous, or life-threatening event. When a person experiences such life events, the human brain automatically triggers a “fight-or-flight” response. During a fight or flight brain [...]

Risky Business: Why It’s Dangerous to Purchase Drugs Online

By |2017-05-15T19:04:13+00:00May 15th, 2017|

The Internet has infinite uses in the modern world. For some people, Internet access has become a way to purchase drugs online. The rising costs of prescription meds and insurance premiums alongside increasing rates of addiction have led some people to turn to the Internet to find drugs. While it may seem like an easy [...]

Taking a Dangerous Trip: The Effects of Hallucinogens

By |2017-04-10T17:59:45+00:00April 10th, 2017|

Hallucinogens have reached high levels of popularity at certain times in our culture’s history. During the 1960s and 70s, taking LSD was not an uncommon pastime for many people. The popularity of this class of drugs was fueled by cultural icons like Timothy Leary who urged people to “turn on, tune in, and drop out” [...]

Mental Illness and Addiction: The Importance of Medication Compliance

By |2017-02-22T20:40:49+00:00February 22nd, 2017|

When I entered treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in 2013, I was also seeking help for a mental illness that contributed to my substance abuse and exacerbated the negative consequences of my choices. In order to properly treat my addiction, I also needed treatment for several mood disorders that were making my life unmanageable [...]

Beyond Addiction: The Risks of Long Term Benzodiazepine Use

By |2017-02-20T21:21:00+00:00February 20th, 2017|

In popular culture, most drugs are portrayed with some acknowledgment of the harm they can cause to users. Even when drug use is presented as a fun part of partying in TV shows and movies, usually it’s followed by a scene depicting the consequences. Scarface follows scenes of profit and power with a bullet through [...]

From Chores to Relapses: Dealing With Roommate Problems in Sobriety

By |2017-02-13T19:02:29+00:00February 13th, 2017|

Before I got sober in 2013, I cycled in and out of treatment centers, psych wards, and halfway houses. The constant rotation of supervised living facilities meant that I experienced a diverse range of roommates and consequently, roommate problems. Since getting sober and moving from my halfway house into independent living into an apartment, I’ve [...]

Trading Keggers for Keytags: Sober College Dorms

By |2017-02-10T19:39:10+00:00February 10th, 2017|

A lot of people associate the college experience in America (at least in part) with frat parties, drinking, and experimenting with substances. For some college-age young adults, that's true. Many teenagers and twenty something’s try alcohol or drugs for the first time in college or go through a phase of binge-drinking that is sometimes a [...]