Oxycodone is an opioid narcotic painkiller that has become famous for its addictive properties. Like other opioid drugs, oxycodone has many life-threatening effects on physical health. It can also cause major problems for emotional health, relationships, finances, and mental health. Long-term use of oxycodone will rewire the brain to some extent, although these changes can…

On This Page: Getting Clean Quitting Safely Safe Recovery Options The severity of withdrawal for any substance depends on many factors, including the length and depth of addiction, the individual’s personal health and more. The more serious the methadone use, the worse the withdrawal. Because withdrawal symptoms and severity are unpredictable, patients should always undergo…

On This Page: Physical Aspects Psychological Aspects Preparing for a Confrontation When to Consider an Intervention Finding Help   Alcoholism is a frightening disease for both the one addicted to alcohol and those who love him or her. The psychological aspects of this deadly condition often prevent those using alcohol from being aware of or…

By Patti Richards The struggle with drug and alcohol addiction is more than just an intense desire for a substance. People who are addicted develop a physical dependence on their drug of choice. No matter the consequences, they need it to feel normal and function. For some people, that means starting the day without a…

By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP As many as one in five American adults deal with a mental illness each year.1 If not you, then someone you know has probably faced some type of mental health concern. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a diagnosis that has been largely misunderstood and can be especially difficult for both…

Guest post by Ben Kaneaiakala, Founder and CEO, Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare Services You know what happens when you eat undercooked chicken or pork, right? Most likely you will end up with serious gastrointestinal distress because the meat was not thoroughly cooked. Half-baked chicken is a good analogy when considering addiction treatment without planning for…

The most complex organ in your body weighs in at a mere three pounds, but it is responsible for the most complex functions in your body. We use the brain to explore our world, make judgments, understand and reason. Sometimes we overload our most valued organs with opiates such as tramadol in order to produce…