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What is an Intervention?

In an ideal situation, someone struggling with substance use disorder can recognize the damage their addiction is causing to both themselves and their loved ones and seek help because of it. This is often in response to a rock bottom that forces them to pause and reflect on their lives, but there are many situations where an addict may realize it sooner. Once they are [...]

How Dangerous are Synthetic Drugs?

Commonly referred to by other names such as designer or club drugs, synthetic drugs are a class of substances specially designed to mimic the effects of other illicit drugs. This can include marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and heroin. They stand out because unlike the drugs that they are trying to mimic, being synthetic means that they are chemically produced in a lab rather than derived from natural sources. In many cases, this makes the drugs [...]

5 Reasons the Opioid Epidemic is Far from Over

The United States opioid epidemic is a topic of frequent discussion among medical professionals, politicians and the public itself. Opioids, a powerful prescription drug used for pain relief, rose to prevalence in the late 1990s. During this time, pharmaceutical companies had assured the medical community that opioids did not pose a serious risk of addiction to patients, prompting them to write more prescriptions than ever before.   [...]

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 [...]

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