addiction psychiatry

What is Addiction Psychiatry?

Addiction psychiatry focuses on treating addiction to chemical substances, including alcohol, prescription, and illegal drugs. This is accomplished through psychological therapy and closely monitored medications. Addiction psychiatrists are specialists in the field of addiction. Psychiatrists are physicians specializing and treating psychiatric disorders such as depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and more. What is The History…

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I Have Professional Responsibilities. Can I Take My Phone Into Rehab?

When we enter treatment or detox for substance use, the need to entirely remove ourselves from daily activities is a vital part of the detox treatment. However, as professional adults with both career and family responsibilities, not being able to contact or be contacted by those within our close circle of professional colleagues and family…

woman crying while in group therapy during dual diagnosis withdrawal at Oceanfront Recovery

What is Dual Diagnosis Withdrawal Like and How Can You Seek Help?

Drug withdrawal can occur when a person quits using drugs or drinking. When dual diagnosis enters the picture, mental health issues complicate the situation and require dual diagnosis treatment. A variety of treatments exist now for people with dual diagnosis disorder, including group recovery, individual therapy, medication, and specific therapy just for people with addiction…

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Five Things to Know About Drug Detox

The body needs to get rid of drugs and other things from the system. Detoxing is key for individuals battling substance use disorder. To try and begin counseling people with substance abuse while the toxins are in the system is not going to work. That is basically setting them up for relapse. Drug detox is…

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How Will Social Circle Detox May Set Your Recovery on the Right Path?

Social circles change when people are in recovery. There is a new opportunity to move forward and find new people and friends. One of the biggest hurdles when making a change is surrounding yourself with people who are positive influences. Not all social circles are positive. Toxic friendships and relationships can drag down recovery. Find…

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What Does Detox Feel Like?

Rehab is intense. Leaving a routine is hard, even if just for a few months to get straight again. Addressing complex and difficult issues related to addiction make it hard to focus and heal unless the person is ready in mind, body, and spirit. Detox can be the hardest part of the process but once…

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…

Will I Feel Better After Detox?

Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to remove any and all traces of drugs and alcohol. Many people are familiar with feelings of withdrawal, especially if they are coming off of harder drugs like heroin that cause extreme physical dependence. However, medical staff are able to address and treat symptoms of withdrawal as…

Why Can’t I Stay Sober After Detox?

Many people have the experience of going through the difficult process of detoxifying their body of alcohol and drugs, only to relapse quickly after leaving treatment. It is not an uncommon situation– about 85% of people who seek treatment relapse on drugs within one year after discharge. This is because there is no cure for…