How is Xanax Abused?

The most widely-prescribed benzodiazepine drug, Xanax, is also the most commonly abused. Its generic name is alprazolam. It can be very effective for several different conditions — anxiety, sleep issues, muscle tension — yet it’s never without risk, not even when taken as directed by a physician. Many people are prone to misusing Xanax, and […]

How to Withdraw from Ambien

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Ambien is not classified as a narcotic under the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Like most prescription medications, however, it can be addictive. Although Ambien withdrawal won’t kill you, it will likely cause uncomfortable symptoms, beyond poor sleep. To minimize these symptoms, talk with your doctor about a […]

Letting Go of Anger in Treatment

If you want to free yourself from an addiction, you have to be in a good mental state. That doesn’t mean the people who wronged you in the past are suddenly justified; it just means that you’re going to have to forgive them, whether you like it or not. You can’t afford to be resentful, […]

Examining Success Rates of Drug Rehab Programs

If you’re considering treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, or you’ve already begun your journey to sobriety, you’ve probably heard some negative statistics about inpatient treatment–its costs, its success rates, and the fundamental ideologies behind it. Much is myth, and much is misunderstood. Statistics alone don’t quite speak volumes when dealing with something so broad, […]

The Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Therapy

Drug rehab becomes necessary when dependency turns into addiction; when the person loses their ability to control their drug usage or behavior. All addiction treatments start with detoxification, but after that, you have a few options: inpatient or out. People with severe addictions should start with inpatient rehab and continue on with outpatient afterward. WHY […]

The Dangers of Eating Disorders

When you hear the word addiction, you probably think about heroin or cocaine—not a behavioral addiction, like gambling, gaming, or anorexia. 20 percent of people suffering from anorexia or bulimia die prematurely from complications related to their disorder, including suicide and heart issues. Eating disorders in general produce the highest mortality rate of any category […]

Signs of Internet Addiction in Children

Parents of today’s youth know exactly how to shut their children up: Hand them an iPad, a Gameboy, or a smart-phone. Parents need a break sometimes. However, the internet may not be the best babysitter out there. Many children develop compulsive internet usage before they hit their preteens. It’s tricky ground, trying to prepare children […]

Tips for Emotional Healing After Rehab

Graduating from rehab is an enormous milestone. Emotionally, you’re in a much better place. However, your recovery journey is far from finished, and you can expect some ups and downs in the coming months. The purpose of rehab isn’t to solve your emotional problems, but to give you the tools and know-hot to battle them […]

Vicodin Abuse And Its Effects on The Body

Vicodin, a central nervous system depressant used as a pain reliever, lasts for about 4-6 hours. It stays in the body for a day or two, however. The drug is tolerance-building and highly addictive. VICODIN EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN AND BODY Vicodin’s main ingredient, hydrocodone, is an opioid. Opioids are proteins that alter and diminish our […]