Most people enter substance abuse treatment to obtain a drug-free life. Most rehab programs are designed to build improved health and function. These goals are reached through counseling, medication management, comprehensive healthcare, and supportive staff and peers. Opioid addictions are occasionally treated with medication. Drugs like suboxone and buprenorphine are occasionally used to help wean…

Adults between 18 to 25 years old often struggle with drug addiction and are less likely to finish rehab. Here is a summary of the situation and what can be done about it. Substance abuse among college-aged adults is a serious concern in the United States. Recent statistics show (in a sample of 1,972 people)…

For many of us, the winter months are the toughest. But for those in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, the winter months can be especially tricky season to navigate. The term ‘winter blues’ is used to describe a mild form of seasonal affective disorder that occurs during the winter months. Some of the most…

For hundreds of years, people have suspected that alcoholism and other types of addiction may be heritable. In recent years, however, science has begun to show us – overwhelmingly, in fact – that if your parent has a drinking problem, there’s a good chance you may develop a problem with alcohol, too. Is addiction caused…

The holiday season means different things to different people. Even people who don’t ascribe to any particular faith want to feel the holiday spirit. Many traditions have become synonymous with the holiday season, but one in particular can cause problems for those in recovery. Alcohol is now a central part of holiday festivities, which makes…

Addiction recovery is never easy, but it’s even harder when you also suffer from chronic pain. If you have never had a problem with substance abuse, you could potentially be prescribed painkillers —  benzodiazepines, sedatives, and/or muscle relaxants — to achieve a better quality of life. However, if you’re in recovery from addiction, many of…

Recent years have seen the rise in popularity of several unexpected substances like bath salts, synthetic marijuana and W-18, which is the latest of these threats. These mysterious drugs often burst onto the scene accompanied by news reports and a sudden surge in overdose deaths seen in communities throughout the U.S and Canada. Just when…

Medications can pose a number of risk to a developing fetus. It is important for all possible parents to ask which medications are safe during pregnancy. This question becomes even more pressing when medications for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or any other mental health condition come into play. Certainly, mental health medications are necessary for…

For many young people, college is an important rite of passage into adulthood. Movies and books paint the college years as a time of adventure, hard work, and new relationships. But for some, the stress of college life can lead to struggles with mental illness. The adolescent brain makes a big leap in development before…

One of the most common pieces of advice for addicts in early recovery is to wait before beginning new romantic relationships. It’s often said that a person should wait at least a year, but this advice is usually not accompanied by much explanation about why romance may be a bad idea in early recovery.1 So…