How Addictive are Opiates Really?

Opioids are one of the most addictive substances a person can use. The current opioid epidemic is due, in part, to many people who begin using prescription opioid painkillers, but move onto harder drugs like heroin after they develop physical dependence. Their addictive nature comes from their ability to change brain chemistry very quickly, as…

What are the Benefits of Experiential Therapy?

Experiential therapy is an alternative to traditional psychoanalytic and behavioral “talk” therapy. It is a therapeutic treatment involving movement, action, and activities. There are many different forms of experiential therapy, such as recreational therapy, equine therapy, wilderness therapy, and adventure therapy. These techniques allow a patient to get address psychological issues through immersion in fun,…

How Does Drug Abuse Affect the Heart?

Most illegal substances have unseen physical health effects. Rarely do we consider the potential health risks to our bodies if they are not externally apparent. Nearly every illegal substance negatively affects the heart in both short and long terms ways. Stimulants may be the most dangerous class of drugs for our hearts. Cocaine, specifically, is…

What are the Risks of Insufflation?

Many men and women suffering from drug addiction choose to insufflate, or snort, substances because it provides a quick effect and is seen as less harmful that other routes of administration. As the opioid epidemic continues to grow, many people struggling with pain-killer addiction choose insufflation because it allows the drug to enter the bloodstream…

How Long Until I Feel Normal?

It’s important to keep in mind that recovery is a healing process. There is not quick fix for addiction treatment. We must be honest, open-minded, and willing if we want to change our lives for the better and break free from our addiction. Recovery is possible, but it takes time for our mind, body, and…