man sitting in chair suffering from opiate addiction

Treatment Options for Opiate Addiction

The United States has been in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic for over a decade. Heroin addiction was once limited primarily to cities and narrow segments of society. Today, addiction to a myriad of opioid substances has impacted communities from coast-to-coast. If you aren’t addicted to opiates, chances are you know someone who […]

man suffering from end-stage alcoholism with his head down on a table

5 Of The Most Common Signs of Late-Stage Alcoholism

Alcoholism is the layperson’s name for alcohol use disorder. It is a disease marked by excessive alcohol consumption and, eventually, dependence. Alcoholism affects every bodily system, including the brain and a person’s decision-making abilities. Alcohol use disorder is not necessarily considered a disease by most people, but no one would deny that it has disastrous […]

man pouring beer from a tap

Is Alcoholism a Disease or a Choice?

Humanity’s relationship with alcohol is almost as old as civilization itself. Almost as soon as people discovered fermentation, it became apparent that some people could become dependent on alcohol. In 1784, physician and father of the American temperance movement, Benjamin Rush, identified an “uncontrollable and irresistible desire to consume alcohol” among certain people.(1) For most […]

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder? 

Nearly everyone will face anxiety in their life, it’s a normal part of being human. But what happens when it takes over your days? For people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, their experience can include debilitating mental and emotional effects and even physical symptoms. The Difference Between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Feeling Anxious Generalized Anxiety Disorder […]

Celebrating 4th of July Sober

How to Protect your Sobriety on the 4th of July

As one of America’s booziest holidays, the Independence Day can be a major trigger for people in recovery. How can I still enjoy the holiday without risking my sobriety? We asked some sober friends for their tips on navigating the 4th of July while in sober.  1. Don’t Pressure Yourself to Do Something This year […]

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Addiction Treatment

What is the Vagus Nerve and How Could it Support Addiction Treatment?

Vagus Nerve Stimulation is showing promise as an addiction and Substance Use Disorder treatment. While still in early stages of research, animal studies have found that Vagus Nerve Stimulation results in a reduction in drug-seeking behavior and cravings.  What is the Vagus Nerve?  The Vagus Nerve runs from the brainstem through the face and down […]

How to not to Talk about Addiction with a loved one

7 Don’ts for Discussing Someone’s Addiction With Them

All loved ones of addicts reach the point where they need to discuss the problem with the person directly. In doing so, you have a chance to convince them to get them the help they need. But you also run the risk of pushing them away and further isolating them in their addiction. Learning to […]

Am I Enabling? Learning the difference between helping and hurting

Am I Enabling? The Difference Between Helping and Hurting 

When our loved ones are in trouble, all we want to do is help. It is one of our most beautiful human instincts but unfortunately when a loved one is in the throes of addiction, our well-intentioned help can really hurt. So, it’s important to ask ourselves, “Am I enabling?” There is a fine line […]

Meth Use in the Gay Community

LGBTQ Month: Methamphetamine Use in the Gay Community

  Crystal Meth use in the gay community has been a concern since the 1990’s but in recent years, use has skyrocketed. Meth is a stimulant which makes users feel euphoric, energized, and invincible. Because of these feelings the meth’s popularity has grown significantly in the club and circuit scenes as a party drug.  A […]

How Painkillers Can Lead to heroin

How Prescription Painkillers Can Lead to Heroin Addiction

Painkillers such as Codeine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Morphine are all narcotics from the same family of drugs as Heroin. Opiates are derived from Opium derived from Poppies while Opioids are synthetically made versions that mimic Opiates. Because of this connection, painkillers can often lead to heroin.  This class of drugs act as depressants, relieving pain […]

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