When a patient receives a new prescription, it is hopefully received with knowledge of the addictive potential and a firm resolve not to fall into drug misuse. However, even with the intention to prevent complications, sometimes abusive tendencies develop that will need to be...
Although changing the way you respond to pain and other triggers will take time and dedication, it is definitely possible. With practice you will develop new habits, new perspectives and a new purpose in life. Believe it or not, there is a beautiful future waiting for you if you have the...
The most difficult aspect of addiction recovery is the havoc the disease can reek on your psychological health. While the physical symptoms of addiction are certainly difficult and painful to overcome, the way it changes your mental processing, perspective, impulse control and emotional...
Relapse is one of the most tragic, and frustratingly common aspects of the addiction recovery process. For the vast majority of those trying to quit drinking or using drugs, the question is not if they will relapse, but when – and how will they respond. And as heartbreaking as it is to...
Although finding a job after recovering from addiction may seem daunting, many rehab centers offer career counseling to simplify this process. Career counseling teaches recovering addicts how to act during interviews and how to grow more confident in their ability to secure employment. In...
Those with drug addiction history know it can be very difficult to maintain friendships, keep stable jobs or succeed while dealing with addiction. Often the person manages to lose everything he or she values in life. As addiction takes over, every other area of life deteriorates. Another...
A traumatic event can arouse powerful and disturbing feelings in an individual, which can make him feel a sense of hopelessness, anger and confusion.  For some, this trauma has disrupted their lives to the point that they search for a coping mechanism in drugs or alcohol.  With proper...
Becoming addicted to prescription drugs is a real danger for many people. Those with a personal and family history of drug addiction have a higher risk of addiction when they use habit-forming drugs. Understanding the difference between tolerance, dependence and addiction can help you...
Realizing that your loved one suffers from addiction can be frightening, but accepting the reality that your loved one is an addict is the best thing you can do for both him and you. Once you accept that your loved one is an addict, you can begin doing everything in your power to help him...
Individuals who suffer from depression often become adept at hiding their symptoms. They may do so by forcing themselves to smile and joke with others, or by simply being quiet in social situations. Many people who are depressed have full-time jobs, families and social lives, and they...
A 2006 edition of the Annual Review of Neuroscience argues that addiction changes brain chemistry in ways that damages decision-making, judgment and honesty about substance abuse. Addicts often hide their drug use, understate how often they use and they lie to friends and family members...
Choosing a drug or alcohol treatment program can be a daunting and confusing process. There are so many different options, confusing financial and insurance implications, questions about travel and concerns about quality that many people give up or put off making a decision. Our staff...