Genes play a vital role in the development of any addiction, but they are not the only factor. To differing degrees, genes work in concert with outside factors to influence a person’s response to substances along with his behavior. How Genes Influence Disease Development The human body contains an estimated 20,000 to 21,000 genes.[1] The genetic…

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…

While FDA-approved as an anesthetic for painful procedures, ketamine has many other identities — most of which are infamously threatening to life and health. But could it be that, if professionally administered, it also offers great hope to millions with certain mental health conditions? Perhaps. As a psychedelic club drug, “Special K” (as ketamine is…

Whether it’s your decidedly adventurous spirit, a seemingly constant chocolate craving or your unique shade of blue-green eyes, it’s no secret that so many of your traits can be traced back directly to your family roots. Of course, not all genetic markers necessarily work out in someone’s favor. For instance, did you know that more…

The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends, family, and loved ones. They have also become a time to consume alcohol. People drink a few pints on St. Patrick’s Day, tequila shots on Cinco de Mayo (tequila sales double on that day), hard cider for Halloween, and champagne on New Year’s Eve. Many…

While it’s often during one’s college years that a person really gains a sense of identity, we’ve come to associate the college experience with partying, drinking and doing drugs. In many cases, experimentation with substance abuse is a passing interest, but there are other times when it becomes a coping mechanism and leads to addiction….

What do you really know about this popular painkiller that is increasingly being abused? We hear so much about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs, but how much do we really know about the prescription pain relievers at the center of the news stories? Hydrocodone Basics Hydrocodone is in a group of drugs called narcotic…

Find Fast Types of Drug Tests Accuracy of Drug Tests Drug Tests in Rehab and Recovery Did you know that over 21 million Americans aged 12 and older meet the criteria for substance abuse or dependency?1 Denial of a drug or alcohol problem is common among those who struggle with a substance abuse disorder. A…