For many alcohol and drug abusers, the decision to get sober is followed by a difficult period of time where the risk of relapse runs high: detox. Drug and alcohol detoxification is often so uncomfortable that many users end up returning to the substance just to avoid the discomfort.Read More
No two addictions look exactly the same. While one person may struggle with a long, slow slide into chronic substance abuse, another may seemingly develop a dependency on drugs or alcohol overnight. Whether your addiction develops rapidly or evolves over time depends on a number of factors, such as your genetics, your social environment, and the types of drugs you’re abusing.Read More
One of the first steps to overcoming addiction is accepting that there is a problem, but substance abuse is often difficult to recognize and accept. Denial, stigma, and a lack of self-awareness prevent millions of Americans from seeking help for their addictions each year. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 18 million Americans failed to receive much-needed treatment for addiction in 2017.Read More
Substance abuse often begins with experimentation. But what starts out as casual drug or alcohol use in social situations can quickly spiral into an uncontrollable and dangerous addiction. The more you drink or use drugs, the more your body will adapt to them – leading to higher tolerance and, in some cases, physical and psychological dependency.Read More
Many common pain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, come with a familiar warning label: “Do not mix with alcohol.” Whether you take painkillers on a regular basis or you need them to deal with short-term discomfort, it’s crucial to always take this warning seriously.