By Christa Banister Let’s face it: College is chock full of exciting rites of passage. There’s living away from home for the first time, dealing with potentially quirky roommates, balancing your classes, social engagements and finding independence. And then before you know it, it’s spring break, and hello, time to blow off steam on a…

By Christa Banister College is an exciting time in any young person’s life, a snapshot of moments jam-packed with exciting milestones and newfound freedom. Maybe you finally get the pink highlights your parents weren’t so excited about. Your first tattoo. Perhaps, you try Indian food, travel somewhere new for Spring Break or test the merits…

By Cindy Coloma Addiction is a disease of the brain. While this concept is still often questioned and can be difficult to accept, research is proving this fact, as well as the effective treatments and preventative measures based on that research.1 In a recent study by the Associated Press – NORC Center for Public Affairs…

On This Page: Drug Addiction Facts & Statistics in the US Effective Treatment for Drug Addiction According to studies gathering drug addiction facts and statistics, America’s problem with drugs has only grown with time. The pervasiveness of drug addiction stems from several factors, including alterations in brain chemistry caused by prescription and street drugs alike, increasing availability…

  Addiction has an impact on every member of a household, from the oldest members of the family to infants, toddlers and teens. When someone in your home has a drug or alcohol problem, every generation feels the consequences of chemical dependence, and everyone needs help dealing with these devastating effects. An integrated drug rehab program…

In the addiction recovery process, a relapse to drug use or abuse isn’t a failure. It doesn’t mean that treatment isn’t working or that the person has a hopeless case of addiction that can never be addressed. It does mean that the current addiction treatment program might not be providing the person with the targeted help…

On This Page: Origins Risks Finding Help Origins Synthetic drugs differ from organic ones in that they are produced via chemical synthesis. Synthetic drugs are designed to mimic organic botanical compounds, but they often contain highly processed chemicals. The body has difficulty recognizing synthetic drugs, which makes them harder to process and metabolize. For this…

On This Page: 12-Step Sober Living Sober Living Apartments Sober Dorms Halfway Houses Transitional Housing Other Differences Learning More All sober living homes are designed to provide people with a sober environment in which to live. Here, people who have experienced difficulties with substance use and abuse in the past can continue to heal without being subjected…

The human body is designed to respond dramatically when something wonderful is taking place. For example, when a waitress brings a smiling toddler a piece of chocolate cake, piled high with melting ice cream, that child’s body might be immersed with the chemicals the brain releases in order to signal pleasure. The child feels warm,…