Addiction

Down the Rabbit Hole: The Magic Anti-Addiction Pill

There’s a magic pill to cure certain kinds of addiction. Yes, you read that correctly. Researchers at The University of Texas in Austin successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in rats using a drug already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high blood pressure. Led by Hitoshi Morikawa, associate professor…

Let’s Talk About Addiction and Chronic Pain

Over the years, I’ve met a great deal of women battling addiction. I learned more about their stories and discovered many began using to deal with their chronic pain. Whether it was an improperly healed injury from a car accident, a debilitating case of arthritis, or a complicated surgical procedure, these women suffered immensely for…

A Trusty 3-Item List to Boost Recovery Success

Confidence. It’s a common hurdle in recovery. To be more accurate, the obstacle is a lack of confidence. Previous decisions and past relationships often pile up in our mind and stomp down our self-worth. We become convinced we’re beyond hope. The negative self-talk builds into a mountain we think we can’t overcome. We start to…

Find Comfort in the Process of Keeping a Journal

Try this: Take a can of soda from the fridge. Open it. What happens? You have a cool, refreshing beverage to enjoy. Try this: Take a can of soda from the fridge. Drop it on the floor. Now open it. The experience is quite different from the first one, isn’t it? You’ll probably need to…

Do Psychiatrists Hold the Keys to Solving Our Opioid Epidemic?

With a full-blown opioid epidemic on our hands, you might think the level of pain across the nation would be decreasing, but it’s not. While the sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. quadrupled between 1999 and 2014, there hasn’t been a change in the amount of pain Americans report. What has changed? The number…

7 Ways Families Can Get Involved In Treatment

Having a family support system is essential to a successful recovery. When you’re newly sober, it helps to know you can lean on family and loved ones. Their support gives you the added self-confidence of knowing that people care about you and your sobriety. Recovery is a Team Effort If your loved one is working…

4 Addiction Treatment Options For Teens

When it comes to substance abuse treatment, one size doesn’t fit all. The struggle of teens dealing with a drug or alcohol problem are vastly different from that of adults. Many of them have diagnosable mental illnesses or family members with a drug problem. Luckily, there are inpatient treatment programs specifically geared towards teenagers. These…

The Many Benefits of Wilderness Adventure Therapy

Go Take a Hike! That’s exactly what some are doing to battle addiction these days. Wilderness adventure therapy has been gaining steam across the country and offers an nontraditional method to stay clean. Driven by the philosophy of experiential education and theories of psychology, adventure programs utilize outdoor adventure pursuits, such as hiking, rock climbing,…

It’s All About the Color: Painting Your Way Into Recovery

Have you ever wondered why a box of crayons and a coloring book are so appealing to kids? Aside from fun cartoon characters and the artistic masterpieces on mom and dad’s fridge, research indicates the colors themselves have a lot to do with it. The creative release of art therapy also provides some much-needed relief…

Virtual Reality: Treating PTSD and Addiction

It’s no secret that many military veterans develop post-traumatic stress disorder from their time in combat. A 2004 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that nearly one in six military members who served in Iraq suffer from some level of PTSD. But when it comes to the often-harsh reality of treating PTSD to…