How to Spot an Addiction to Opiates

The first step in getting treatment for an Opiate addiction is for the individual to be clinically diagnosed by a medical health professional. For diagnosis, the professional will look at the symptoms displayed by the individual. These symptoms can also be spotted by an individual’s loved ones who suspect an Opiate addiction. SIGNS OF OPIATE […]

What to Expect from your Addiction Rehab Program

Rehab centers and programs fall into two main types. Inpatient rehab which requires individuals wanting to recover to stay in a treatment facility during the course of treatment, and outpatient rehab, where the individual stays at home but attends regular therapy and counseling sessions. All rehab centers share some common traits in terms of what […]

Signs and Symptoms of an Unhealthy Sex Addiction

What is sex addiction? Sex addiction can refer to a range of behaviors that are done in excess and that significantly impact one’s life in a negative way. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V does not list sex addiction as a diagnosable condition yet, but research indicates that there is a clear prevalence […]

Dealing with Addicted Parents

Having a parent who abuses drugs is difficult on their children, even when those children are adults. Individuals who have parents struggling with drug abuse often wonder if they did something to provoke the parent into that behavior. This is not true. It is never the fault of the addicted parent’s child. The Three C’s […]

How to Carefully Withdraw from Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive drug and detoxing from it can be a painful experience. During Heroin withdrawal the individual will often feel a strong physical and psychological need to use the drug again. Therefore, if an individual wants to permanently get off Heroin, then they will need to address the withdrawal symptoms. WHEN DOES […]

Sharing Can Be Beneficial in AA Meetings

One of the biggest advantages of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program is that it is a safe space where individuals can talk about their addiction experiences, their recovery and any bumps along the way. Sharing of this type can be very therapeutic and it is one of the main reasons why individuals continue going to […]

Should I tell an Addict that He or She is in Denial?

What is ‘denial’? It is a term used when an individual is denying their true behavior and feelings. Psychologists use the term to describe the state of mind individuals use to cope with reality. Basically, denial is the insistence that a known fact is false, even in the face of overwhelming evidence against it. Furthermore, […]

Why is Gardening So Healing?

Therapeutic gardening, which is a combination of nature and experiential therapy, has existed for thousands of years. Horticulture therapy dates back to Socrates, but it didn’t become a scientific pursuit until the 18th century. That’s when Benjamin Rush, a psychiatrist and Declaration of Independence cosignatory, began documenting how gardening benefited his mentally ill patients. However […]