By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP The opioid crisis in America has become a regular topic in national news. Every day, more than 115 people die of an opioid overdose in the United States, and this crisis costs the US over $78 billion each year.1 A close look at the data shows what many Michigan residents…

It’s all over the news: Opioid use is on the rise, whether it involves powerful prescription pain relievers, such as Vicodin, codeine, Demerol, or OxyContin, drugs used for maintenance therapy in opioid use disorder treatment, such as methadone or buprenorphine, or illicit drugs like heroin. This upward trend impacts many pregnant women as well. According…

According to recent estimates, more than 52,000 people lose their lives from drug addiction each year. Of those overdose deaths, about 63 percent or 33,000 people, are from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin.1 Of course, there’s hardly a single demographic that hasn’t been devastated by the opioid epidemic, but teens are one of the fastest-growing…

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  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)[i] produced by the American Psychiatric Association is often referred to as the “doctor’s bible,” because it provides an authoritative list of symptoms medical professionals can use in order to diagnose disease in their patients. In the past, the DSM defined substance abuse and dependence (or addiction) as…

LSD is a psychedelic drug that is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals available. This drug is sold in the following forms: Tablet Capsule Liquid Blotter paper Although LSD most commonly is ingested, it can also be sniffed and injected.1 LSD is a semi-synthetic drug made from a fungus called ergot, which is found…

One of the most stunning things about recovery is the similarities between your story of addiction and that of the next addict. Heroin addiction, especially, seems to provide its captives with a gut wrenching path from which few escape. Though the details—location, names, amounts, dates—change with each story, one thread remains the same: heroin addiction…

The cost of drug and alcohol rehab can be high, and if you opt for a high-end addiction treatment center to ensure that you have access to everything you need during your recovery, you can end up with a hefty bill. Health insurance may cover part of the costs, and you can always get financing…

It’s commonly assumed that people who take opioids do so because they like the boost of pleasure these drugs can bring about. It’s a reasonable idea, but it’s a little simplistic. In fact, it might not even be accurate, as research suggests that opioids cause changes in brain chemistry, and it’s these changes that can…