Why Your High May No Longer Be Enough

It’s no secret: millions of Americans fight the chronic struggle of drug dependency every day. While addiction recovery centers nationwide are working effortlessly to provide resources for these victims, the simple fact of the matter is that while some are getting better, many others are regressing rapidly. In fact, studies indicate that the volume of…

It Takes a Village: Why You NEED a Support System

Have you ever heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”?Well, it takes that same village to help you through your recovery phase.As social creatures, humans thrive on interaction. It’s the reason why friendships are so sacred, relationships are so common, and family members are so close.When dealing with recovery, this interaction…

How do I convince myself to stick with treatment?

The hardest part of any addiction recovery effort is often not the treatment itself. Rather, it is the mindset of the individual receiving the treatment. Because addiction is essentially a hijacking of the mind, individuals will often face their biggest battles in recovery when their will comes to a crossroads with the disease and what…

You’ve Been Taught Wrong: Disproving Common Myths about Illicit Substances

Most people grow up with what they consider to be a “basic understanding of drugs”, based on many common myths.  “Marijuana isn’t so bad,” they say. “Natural drugs aren’t as harmful as synthetic ones.”Here are 5 of the most common myths about drugs and addiction… and their startling truths. Sharing prescription medication isn’t really illegal:Adderall and…

Is there a Difference Between Alcoholism and Addiction?

Alcoholism and addiction are generally spoken of as two different things. The differences, however, had more to do with social factors rather than the disease of addiction. When looking at the reasons why a person develops alcoholism and addiction, there are virtually no differences. Historically, the first recovery programs were designed for the treatment of…

What are the Long-Term Effects of Alcoholism?

Alcohol’s status as a legal intoxicant makes it no less dangerous than most illicit substances. Chronic consumption of alcohol can be devastating to the brain and body, leading to serious health complications or early death. Excessive alcohol consumption is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The effects of acute alcohol…

How Does Alcoholism Affect Memory?

Alcoholism is a devastating affliction that can cause major damage to the brain and body. The more we drink, the more likely we will be to face problems with our memory. Alcohol can affect both short-term and long-term memory, as well as increase our likelihood of developing neurodegenerative problems later in life. One of the…

How Dangerous is Alcohol?

Alcohol may be presumed a safe form of intoxication based on its legal status. However, alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. An estimated 88,000 men and women due from alcohol-related causes each year. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and cognitive functions, making intoxicated people more likely to engage in reckless…

What Does Alcohol do to the Heart?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control. Heart disease causes one in every four deaths in the United States—about 610,000 people every year. Excessive alcohol use is recognized by the CDC as a major risk factor in the…