Why do Illegal Substances Feel so Good, Anyway?

Studies indicate that even the most casual of drug users consume substances because, quite simply, they make them feel good. Throughout history, human beings have been driven by our desire to feel good, quickly. It is one of the main reasons that pleasure can be such a powerful motivator for human beings today. Substances are…

Healthy Ways to Maximize Your Recovery

For one who has suffered from drug or alcohol abuse, the first step to recovery is seeking professional treatment, as addiction recovery centers have the resources and expertise to guide you to the best possible treatment plans. After initial treatment though, the heat is on you to remain focused and diligent until you’re fully recovered.…

What’s the Difference Between Dependence and Addiction?

The definition of addiction as the inability to stop consuming a harmful substance, no matter its effects on social, economical, or personal obligations is significantly different than that of physical dependence, though the two often go hand in hand. According to researchers, physical dependency often happens when drugs are used repeatedly, and can include a…

Tracking Your Recovery Progress

Just like with everything, recovery is a step-by-step process that is at its most efficient when it can be tracked and monitored. Setting realistic goals for your recovery and celebrating milestones of your journey will allow you to reflect on progress and make changes that will help you enormously down the road! Studies indicate that…

Attitude is Half the Battle: Training Your Mind to Say No

Recovering from any normal illness is a battle in and of itself. Waking up lethargic, unmotivated, and aching doesn’t exactly inspire you to try to get better. In fact, sometimes the most enjoyable thing to do when you’re sick is to stay right there, sedentary, and leave treatment for another day. Fortunately, everyone knows that…

Can Exercise Help With the Recovery Process?

Just like with any illness or disease, the best way to treat addiction is through the combination of a number of different approaches. Research shows that exercise is one of the very best natural approaches to treating recovery there is. When it is combined with a powerful recovery program, support groups, and a can-do attitude,…

The Reason Illegal Drugs are so Harmful

It is important to note that drugs in and of themselves serve a multitude of purposes, and not all are bad. In fact drugs statistically save more lives than they take on an annual basis. When prescribed by a physician and used correctly, drugs can aid in the body’s natural healing process and make the…

Can Addiction Cause Other Mental Disorders?

Research done over the past twenty years has shown a definitive correlation between substance addiction and mental illness. The National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that “mental health disorder patients are responsible for the consumption of 38% of alcohol, 44% of cocaine, and 40% of cigarettes.” Additionally, according to the report, those that may not…

Can I afford treatment?

While pursuing professional treatment for an addiction is almost always the best option for an individual suffering from even a mild drug or alcohol addiction, the very real question that usually accompanies a decision to pursue treatment is what costs are associated with it, and how expensive the final bill may be. In fact, some…

Can Drugs Cause Mental Illness?

Mental illness and drug use seem to go hand-in-hand. Usually, mental illness leads to drug abuse as an attempt to self-medicate symptoms. However, using drugs also can lead to mental disorders by causing drastic changes in the chemistry of the brain. These brain changes can either cause mental disorders later in life, or cause latent…