Warning Signs of Drug Addiction

Family members of addicts frequently feel as though they have been completely blindsided by their loved one’s substance abuse when it finally comes out. Of course, as a rule addicts don’t tend to advertise their growing abuse of whatever substance they are addicted to—whether that is alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs. In spite of

Adderall Abuse Becoming More Prevalent

When most people think about drug abuse and addiction, their minds go to illegal substances like cocaine or heroin, or to medications like pain killers. However, recent studies have suggested that there is a growing problem: individuals addicted to prescription stimulants. Adderall addiction isn’t necessarily new—doctors have known about the addictive potential of Adderall since

What is Withdrawal?

Addicts and non-addicts alike have likely seen and heard pop-culture references to withdrawal. When a fictional character discontinues some drug or other substance, they exhibit symptoms like sweating, irritability, nausea, even tremors and more. In other contexts, people may say—jokingly—that they’re “in withdrawal” from some substance or activity. But while there are many references to

Rehab is Only the First Step

Many people think of drug rehab as the endpoint—the solution to the problems of addiction. However, as anyone who has walked the road to recovery can tell you, going into drug and alcohol treatment is only the first step. It’s an important step, but there are a lot of things that must happen afterward in

Addiction Doesn’t Only Affect the Addict

If you are the loved one of an addict or alcoholic, it may be very obvious to you that addiction does not affect only the person suffering the disease; but you may not realize the extent to which your loved one’s addiction has impacted your life—in ways large and small. While there are treatment programs

Dangerous Myths About Alcoholism

When most people think of drug rehab, they typically consider those who attend the facilities as being addicted to illegal or prescription drugs. However, a large population of any rehab center is likely to be alcoholics. Alcoholism is an addiction that is still in many circles poorly understood—to the point that it’s portrayed poorly in

Overdose on Painkillers Is Easier Than You Think

When many people think of overdose cases, they typically think of drugs like heroin or cocaine—illegal drugs that have highly-publicized negative connotations. In spite of the prevalence of addiction to painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin, however, many people are not really aware of the fact that these drugs are much easier to overdose on than

What is Denial?

Many people paraphrase the first step of the Alcoholics Anonymous twelve-step program: the first step toward recovery is to admit you have a problem. This may seem like an easy task, but for addicts—and even many people with other types of mental illness—admitting that a problem exists, that it is unmanageable, and that they need

You Can Make it Through Detox

Detox is one of the most difficult parts of the journey to sobriety; every person who has ever been through it can agree on that. And if you haven’t started the process yet, you are likely mostly afraid of how severe the detox process will be. Portrayals of detoxing addicts on TV and in movies

What Are The Most Common Causes of Addiction Relapse?

Addiction relapse is a topic that has the power to spark a great deal of fear both for individuals on the path to recovery and their loved ones. In spite of that fear, however, it’s important to understand why relapse occurs, and to be prepared for the possibility that it will occur. Unfortunately, even with