Defining Substance Abuse

Can You Define Substance Abuse? Getting Past the Confusion

The terms “substance abuse: and “addiction” are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same. Substance abuse is the act of abusing a drug (prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal) or substances like alcohol for the wrong reasons, in incorrect amounts, and without proper medical approval. When substance abuse becomes a clinical health concern, it…

woman discussing with therapist stimulant drug abuse

What are Stimulant Drugs?

Drug abuse and substance abuse are among the most pressing issues facing society today. Unfortunately, a lot of people end up getting hooked on drugs from a prescription at first. Even though many people have focused on the dangers of opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse, and rightly so, they are far from the only…

woman staring at wine glass considering alcoholics anonymous

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Right for You?

There are many people who suffer from substance abuse issues, and one of the most common substance abuse issues is alcohol addiction. It is important to make sure that this serious condition is treated in a comprehensive manner. There are many people who begin the treatment process by going to an inpatient center, where they…

man sitting in distress from drug abuse and the heart

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. Drug abuse and…

ADHD

All Grown Up and I Might Have ADHD! What Do I Do?

Most of us are familiar with ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children. We may have sat next to somebody at school who always appeared disorganized, had problems sitting still, and seemed on a series of constant back and forth trips to the principal’s office. More recent attention has focused on previously undiagnosed adults…

binge drinking

Risks of Binge Drinking Regularly

For many people, binging happens on occasion – college graduation, bachelorette party, or a trip out of town. However, binge drinking can have some serious consequences. Some of the binging’s immediate consequences include underage drinking, risky behavior, drinking, driving, or alcohol poisoning. Long-term effects can include health problems, substance abuse, financial problems, job loss, or…

a group therapy session going through stages of detox

Four Stages of Detox

Almost all substance addictions will start with detox. This is the process of clearing an individual’s system of drugs or alcohol so they can focus on treatment rather than the withdrawal symptoms that arise from addiction. There are four main stages of detox, as well as a significant need for aftercare. Oceanfront Recovery can guide…