Addiction and Substance Abuse

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Can Marijuana Be A Gateway Drug?

April 4, 2023|Addiction and Substance Abuse, Education Center|

The conversation around marijuana is no longer black and white. In some states, marijuana is promoted as a borderline-miraculous plant in terms of its healing qualities, while other states continue to pump out negative statistics surrounding marijuana use.  While some people preach the potential dangers of marijuana and warn of its ability to act as a gateway drug, others fight equally as hard to de-villainize it and prove its benefits. As marijuana use continues to rise in the States, both legally and illegally, recreationally and medicinally, it’s important to remain aware of its effects on the individual and society as [...]

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Combating Substance Abuse Risk Factors Among Young Adults

December 20, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse, Teens and Young Adults|

The transition to independent living, or commonly called “adulting,” is an exciting time for many. Living on your own, having an income, making your own choices and the freedom it brings are experiences worth looking forward to. While moving out of a parent’s home or graduating from college is a thrilling and important step, it also brings its share of hardship. The changes that come with this transition period can also bring risk factors for substance use. Adolescents and young adults are the most susceptible age group to developing an addiction and here are some of the factors that contribute [...]

What Causes Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse?

October 6, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Addiction|

Both substance use and domestic violence begin as single incidents that cause harm and can quickly devolve into patterns of behavior. According to the Addiction Center, there is a high correlation between substance use and abuse and being under the influence of any substance greatly increases the risk of abusive behavior.  If you’re wondering what the relationship between abuse and addiction is, you’ve come to the right place. This article will explore the effects of substance use on violence and whether one behavior causes the other. Is there a connection between the effects of substance abuse and domestic violence? Yes. [...]

Relapse Statistics You Need to Know

August 15, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse, Education Center|

Talking about relapse is hard. It can be terrifying if you or someone you know is in recovery. There’s no reason to be superstitious that bringing up relapse will trigger it.  In fact, the opposite is generally the case. The more knowledgeable you are about addiction relapse statistics, warning signs and the nature of addiction, the more likely you are to minimize the potential for a relapse. Here’s what you need to know to stay on track and achieve the freedom you want. Addiction is a disease Understanding relapse begins with understanding what addiction is, and how an addiction forms. [...]

Relapse Prevention Techniques You Need to Know

August 11, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse, Supporting a Loved One|

For someone who has a loved one in recovery, relapse can be a person’s worst nightmare. Returning to drugs or alcohol can make sobriety seem out of reach and cause family and friends to lose hope, cut ties or give up.  Relapse is scary, but it’s not uncommon. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that between 40 and 60 percent of those going through treatment for alcohol or drug addiction will relapse at some point. Some schools of thought consider relapse to be a part of the recovery process. While relapse may occur during your loved one’s [...]

Understanding Relapse: What it is and How to Prevent it

July 25, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse|

A common fear in those going through recovery (as well as those outside of their initial recovery, their friends and their family members) is the potential of a relapse happening. After someone has had themselves as well as their lifestyle closely monitored for so long, independent sobriety can feel daunting. Relapse, however, does not happen by chance; it’s not random, and it’s not something you have to fear. We know it can be tempting to think if they relapse, all hope is lost or that it’s a sign they failed, but it’s not. Failure only occurs when you give up. [...]

Dual-Diagnosis: PTSD and Substance Use Disorders

July 13, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Addiction|

Facing a mental health disorder is a struggle. Dealing with two conditions at once can be an even tougher battle. If you think you or a loved one might be facing a dual diagnosis of PTSD and a substance use disorder, here’s what you want to know. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that occurs when an individual has trouble processing and coping with a terrifying event. PTSD can develop in response to a single or repeated instance. Some event that may provoke PTSD are sexual assault, violence, experience in combat, living through [...]

The Connection Between PTSD and Addiction

July 7, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Addiction|

Research has long demonstrated an undeniably strong correlation between trauma and substance abuse. In recent decades, the connection between trauma-related disorders and addiction has become even more prevalent. When someone has witnessed or personally suffered from a traumatic event, they may experience a barrage of unwanted thoughts and feelings. Thus leading them to turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to manage the pain of their trauma. Rather than genuinely help them process and recover from the trauma, however, their substance use often spirals into abuse and then addiction, causing further and greater pain. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is [...]

Maintaining Recovery in the Summer without Compromising Fun

June 23, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse, Recovery|

The summer brings a wave of fresh opportunities and pleasant emotions. The warm weather, the collective excitement and the train of relaxing or active social events makes this time of year something to look forward to. While this season is full of potential, for someone in recovery it can also be laden with triggers to fall back into substance use. If you’re trying to steer clear of drugs and alcohol this summer and need some tips to get you through, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we’ll share the top triggers to relapse during the summer, plus [...]

Breaking Down the Addiction Assessment Process

May 19, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse|

If you’ve never gone through a rehabilitation program before, you might have a lot of questions about the process, and might even be a little nervous about not knowing what to expect. In the beginning, you’ll likely be told that the first step of your enrollment is to undergo an assessment. In other words, before you’re formally enrolled into a drug or alcohol addiction rehabilitation program, you’re first going to go through an in-depth intake process.  This initial phase is where the staff evaluates you, your unique needs, as well as your short- and long-term goals in order to help [...]

What You Need to Know About MDMA Before You Develop an Addiction

May 17, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse|

On the surface, drug use might be alluring. The sensations of euphoria, having high-energy and having empathy for others are definitely attractive feelings. When those feelings are induced by MDMA, though, there are dangerous and potentially lethal repercussions. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to MDMA, you’ve likely wondered about the symptoms of addiction. In this article we’ll share the scoop on both the short and long-term MDMA health effects and how you can heal from them and get sober for good. What is MDMA? Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy or molly, is a [...]

Can I Help My Loved One Find Treatment?

May 11, 2022|Addiction and Substance Abuse, Supporting a Loved One, Treatment|

For anyone combating a mental illness or substance use addiction, it can be challenging for their friends and family to sit by and watch. As a loved one, you’re likely to feel a strong desire to help them help themselves—but how can you do this in a way that isn’t forceful, yet still encouraging?  No matter who you are, change is something that must come from within in order for that change to last. For this reason, anyone with a mental health illness or addiction must first have the desire to change their lifestyle.  Does that mean you, as the [...]