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How Does Alcohol Become Addictive?

Alcohol addiction is a chronic condition, and it’s progressive, worsening over time without treatment. Also known as alcohol use disorder, it’s characterized by not being able to control your drinking even when it’s negatively affecting your physical health, mental well-being, relationships, and quality of life. If you’re struggling with alcohol, you might find that you’re […]

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Meth Addiction?

Recovering from meth addiction isn’t easy, but despite the challenging journey, it’s possible with the proper treatment. Methamphetamine can have a firm grip on your mind and body, leading you down a tumultuous path that affects your relationships, work, and overall well-being. Recovering from meth addiction often requires multiple steps along the way to face […]

How to Prevent Fentanyl Overdose

Fentanyl overdose is a significant and pressing public health concern right now because of the potency of the drug and its widespread availability. Preventing overdose requires a multifaceted approach, including education, harm reduction strategies, and access to medical interventions. When we talk about preventing fentanyl overdoses, it can be in the context of the individual […]

The Facts About Fentanyl Test Strips

Fentanyl has played a devastating role in the opioid epidemic in the United States. If you’ve been impacted by fentanyl, directly or indirectly, you may know how potent it is. There are families across the country who are losing loved ones every day because of fentanyl; in many cases, they didn’t know they were using […]

Navigating Pain Management in Opioid Addiction Recovery

Opioid medications bind to receptors in the central nervous system. The activation of the receptors hinders the release of certain neurotransmitters that play a role in transmitting pain signals in the brain and spine. By reducing the release of these neurotransmitters, opioids can dampen the perception of pain. For people with chronic pain or even […]

Impact of Legalization on Marijuana Addiction Treatment

The use of marijuana and its legalization in numerous states around the country has been a tricky issue in many ways. States have adopted different approaches, but many have some level of legalization or decriminalization of marijuana use. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing in terms of the criminal justice population, it can also […]

Tapering Off Xanax: Strategies and Support for Withdrawal

Xanax is a brand-name medicine. The generic name for Xanax is alprazolam, which is a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines or benzos are a drug class prescribed for panic and anxiety disorders, as well as insomnia and sometimes alcohol withdrawal symptoms. While there are medical uses for Xanax, it can also lead to addiction and dependence. Even within […]

Holistic Approaches for Alcohol Addiction Recovery

In addiction treatment and recovery, traditional methods usually focus only on addressing the physical parts of dependence. Sometimes, these approaches overlook the mental, emotional, and spiritual elements that can profoundly affect someone’s well-being. However, as there’s been an evolution in the understanding of addiction, so has there been a growing recognition that a holistic approach […]

Benzodiazepines and Co-Occurring Disorders in Recovery

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs, also referred to as benzos. They are psychoactive drugs used primarily to treat insomnia, anxiety, seizures, and muscle spasms. They work by increasing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA, a neurotransmitter. In doing so, they have sedative, hypnotic, and anticonvulsant effects. Benzodiazepine addiction can develop when the medicines […]

Family Dynamics in Alcohol Addiction and Treatment

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism or an alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a chronic condition. Someone struggling with an addiction to alcohol or other substances has a compulsive need to continue consuming it. This compulsion occurs despite adverse effects on health, relationships, and quality of life. Addiction is characterized by a loss of control […]