alcohol poisoning

Dangers of Alcohol Poisoning

A poison is defined as any substance that can enter your body and is harmful to it. Toxins can be swallowed, inhaled, absorbed, or injected. Poisoning always results in some level of illness and, depending on the toxin, can lead to death. Anyone who has experienced alcohol intoxication may be familiar with the day-after symptoms…

benefits of outpatient rehab

5 Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

Addiction is a disease that affects over 20 million Americans each year. People can be vulnerable to addiction either because of genetic propensity, social pressures, mental health challenges, or a combination of these and other factors. If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD), help is available. Professional treatment…

addiction and mental health

How Addiction Can Impact Mental Health

When addiction and mental health disorders co-exist, they are called co-occurring disorders. These overlapping diagnoses make treatment all the more important and also challenging. But in a dual diagnosis treatment program, you can receive the needed help. Addiction and mental health therapists work together to address both disorders simultaneously under a coordinated treatment plan. To…

stages of detox

Understanding the Stages of Detox

There is no addiction recovery without the very first step: withdrawal. When you stop drinking or using drugs, your body has to adjust. This process of withdrawal is challenging because addiction also means dependence. Your body and brain have become physically dependent on drugs and/or alcohol and must now relearn how to function clean. Knowing…

person in shadows struggling with cocaine abuse

Recognizing Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is a stimulant drug derived from the coca plant. First synthesized over 100 years ago and used in common products like over-the-counter remedies and even Coca-Cola, cocaine soon became recognized as addictive. An accessible street drug in powder form or as smokable crack, cocaine sends thousands of people into cocaine addiction treatment programs annually.…

signs of heroin overdose

Signs of a Heroin Overdose

Heroin abuse and addiction still affect hundreds of thousands of Americans annually. Opium, derived from the opium poppy flower, had been used as a recreational drug for thousands of years, but it was not until 1874 that heroin was synthesized from opium. It was used medically for pain management until its extreme addictiveness was understood…

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Why Are Opiates Dangerous?

There are several dangers of opiates, particularly their highly addictive nature. In the 90s, they were marketed as non-addictive but are now one the leading causes of overdose cases in the United States. Moreover, these overdoses occur when people combine opiates with other drugs such as benzodiazepines. The opioid epidemic has swept the nation and…