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Is Addiction a Disease or Choice?

Addiction itself is often misunderstood. Some people argue that it is a personal choice, and therefore anyone who is addicted to a substance has ended up there because of the lack of self-discipline or morality. Meanwhile others argue addiction is a disease, and as a result cannot be cured entirely or even resisted by discipline alone. The first view has been the most common understanding [...]

Is Your Loved One Addicted to Opioids?

When a person struggles with addiction, the associated stigma often drives that person to hide their suffering. This can include coworkers and medical professionals, but most of all, it is hidden from those that love them the most...their family and friends. No matter the substance, many who struggle with addiction are crippled by shame and fear, hindering them from receiving the [...]

10 Things You Need to Know About the Vaping Epidemic

In the past decade, vaping has grown significantly as an alternative option to smoking traditional cigarettes. Much of this is done in the mindset that vaping, or smoking electronic cigarettes, is safer. For this reason, vaping has become popular not only with people who wish to quit smoking traditionally, but also with a younger generation that previously had no [...]

Inpatient Rehab: What to Expect from Addiction Treatment

What is Inpatient Rehab? Also known as residential treatment, during inpatient rehab a patient stays at a rehab center for the duration of their treatment program rather than returning to their home each night. It is considered a higher level of care and has the greatest success rate for any degree of addiction. Upon admission to an inpatient rehab program, patients can expect to stay on-site [...]

The Importance of Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction is a difficult enough disorder for a person to cope with by itself. However, addiction can occur alongside other psychological disorders and when it does, the effects of both are amplified. This condition is known as comorbidity, or co-occurring disorders. If an addict's recovery plan does not take in to account their other disorder, it may even be doomed to failure. Unfortunately, co-occurring disorders is [...]

Why 12 Steps? Understanding the Philosophy of the 12-Step Program

Many modern addiction treatment centers follow a strategy known as the 12-step program for their patients, which is intended to provide them with an outlined path for guidance and support. The 12-step program has been a popular set of guidelines for helping an individual with their addiction for almost a full century, yet many people do not truly understand what [...]

Dr. Nicholas Colangelo Answers Questions Regarding Addiction During a Pandemic

Besides the obvious answer being, "get into treatment today", what advice would you give to someone that is currently feeling stress from isolation while struggling with addiction during this pandemic? Some of the reasons to get into treatment today during the pandemic are as follows: Addiction loves to isolate us and a pandemic sets a [...]

Signs That Your Child Is Using Drugs

As public debates continue to cover the dangers of drug abuse and its prominence in society, it is only natural for parents to worry about the health of their children. Many kids are tempted to try an illegal (or at least illegal for their age group) substance before they even reach high school, and during [...]

Top 10 Dangers of Binge Drinking

Long regarded as a favorite pastime for many college students, binge drinking is the most common and most deadly example of excessive alcohol use in the United States. It is primarily practiced among individuals in the 18-34 age range, especially found at parties and sometimes even treated as a rite of passage for sororities, fraternities, [...]

Why Tolerance is Important to Understand

In many situations, it can be difficult to spot when someone is on the path to forming a substance use disorder. Every class of drug has different effects, and even within each class there are variations between drugs. Fortunately, there is one sign that can help identify that a person is progressing toward an addiction regardless [...]

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