Dangers of Heroin Abuse

Heroin is one of the most notorious illegal drugs in the world. Approximately 9.2 million people worldwide suffer from abusing this drug. The dangers of heroin abuse extend far beyond merely its mental and physical effects – heroin often destroys communities. It leads to an increase in violence, poverty, fetal effects, HIV/AIDS, and disruptions to…

Dangers of Mixing Benzos and Alcohol

What are the dangers of combining benzos and alcohol? It is not uncommon for people to use two drugs together. Doing so can enhance the effects of one of the drugs. Yet, this also carries with it significant concerns, including the risk of overdose and toxicity. Combining these two substances can be dangerous and possibly…

Drug Overdose Symptoms

People abuse drugs for various reasons. For some, it may be because they want to get over a difficult time. For others, it may be for recreational purposes. Whatever the reasons, it is important for you to know that drug abuse can be fatal. In the U.S. alone, 67,000 people died as a result of…

Understanding the Stigmas Around MAT

While it has proven itself to be one of the most effective forms of treating addiction, especially opioid dependency, there are still stigmas around MAT (medication-assisted treatment) programs. The vast majority of these stigmas spring from misinformation, bias, and lack of education about how medication-assisted treatment works. Fortunately, individuals in the medical and recovery community,…

Types of Addictions

There are many misconceptions about addiction. In some cases, someone may joke that they have an addiction to something when, especially to those who are suffering from addiction, it is not a laughing matter. Although you can indeed experience addiction to many things other than illegal drugs, addiction is not merely defined by an affinity…

The Dangers Of Xanax

The dangers of Xanax are not as obvious as they would be with other drugs. Patients are prescribed Xanax when they have anxiety or panic disorders, and that makes the drug look a little bit innocent. It should be noted, that people you know who are using Xanax are not automatically going to become addicts.…

12 Step Approach to Recovery

The 12 step approach to recovery is a concept that has been around for over 70 years. Addiction treatment centers in California regularly adopt the 12 steps because of how effective they have been in helping individuals recover from addiction. Each treatment center has its own way of integrating the 12 steps into its programs.…

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse in Teens

Although drug abuse has declined in the past 20 years (1), teens are using certain substances, like marijuana, more than ever. Mental illness and substance abuse in teens requires treatment, as co-occurring disorders can make it difficult to live a healthy and normal life. While all teens and adolescents experience anxiety, stress, and sadness, some…