Prescription Abuse

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…

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,…

Is Your Brain Addicted To Pain?

63 million: That’s how many people in the U.S suffer from chronic pain. Based on reports from the National Academy of Sciences, this group makes up one fifth of our nation’s population. Chronic pain is also the number one cause of disability in the United States. It costs our healthcare system more than $600 billion…

4 Ways Yoga Boosts the Addiction Treatment Process

Yoga has increased in popularity over the last 10 years. Seemingly overnight, yoga studios and bright colored yoga mats flooded the lifestyle and exercise cultures. Yoga is a technique that utilizes stretches, postures and controlled breathing. Believe it or not, the practice can be traced back more than 5,000 years. And while its initial development…

Study: Intensive Outpatient Treatment as Effective as Inpatient Treatment

Millions of Americans seek treatment for substance abuse each year, with a bulk checking into inpatient rehab facilities for around-the-clock care. For a long time, residential inpatient programs were considered the better option for long-term results. But intensive outpatient programs (IOP), are gaining traction as a viable addiction treatment alternative. According to a new study…

Crushing Cravings: Benefits of Cue Exposure Therapy

While many self-help fellowships, such as AA, suggest avoiding “people, places and things” to avoid relapse, completely adhering to that mantra can be difficult – if not impossible. In truth, potential triggers for addictive behavior permeate everyday life. Whether it’s the barrage of beer commercials during a football game or a drug scene in popular…

Small Town Takes Radical Approach to Addiction Treatment

Jails and prisons across the country are literally overflowing with inmates who are serving sentences for non-violent drug crimes. Federal data from July 2013 found that nearly 47 percent of those incarcerated were behind bars for federal drug offenses. In many cases, these people were also suffering from drug addiction at the time of their…