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8 Myths About Drug Addiction

8 Myths About Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a serious mental illness that requires professional treatment, and yet there are many myths about addiction that are still being perpetuated.

Here we take a closer look at 10 addiction myths and debunk them once and for all:

1. If drugs have been prescribed, they are somehow ‘safe’.

Although this is the case when prescribed doses are adhered to, it is often easy to exceed doses particularly when taking pain relief. Some prescription drugs are obviously more hazardous as others and many are potentially addictive.

2. ‘Natural’ drugs like cannabis or mushrooms are completely…

The Effects of Alcohol Abuse on Your Skin

Portrait Man Aging Skin

Alcohol abuse can have a dramatic effect on the body, particularly after extended years of drinking, and the signs can be very visible in your skin. Alcohol is basically a hepatotoxin, meaning that it ultimately damages the liver. You only have to think about the sallow skin color of someone with liver disease to know that, over time, alcohol can wreak havoc on the skin’s complexion.

Other ingredients in alcohol are substances produced during fermentation, known as congeners. Congeners are the ingredient responsible for alcohol’s unique smell and taste, not to mention the hangovers suffered the morning after heavy drinking. The more congeners there are in your…

The Importance of Early Intervention in Drug Abuse

Early Intervention Group Therapy

As with most diseases, intervening during the early stages to motivate people to seek treatment is extremely beneficial, particularly with substances such as alcohol and opioids as they can cause critical illness following prolonged addiction. Early intervention requires people to be vigilant for the signs of addictive behaviors in loved ones, and to be aware of the risks they potentially face unless they seek treatment.

The Heightened Risk of Addiction in Adolescents

Young adults are at a greater risk of drug abuse…

5 Ways to Stop Alcohol Cravings

Alcohol Drinks at Party Bar

One of the hardest aspects of recovering from alcohol or drug abuse is the cravings that can easily drag you back into bad behaviors and addictive patterns. In order to achieve the maximum benefit of drug or alcohol addiction treatment, learning some coping mechanisms to deal with the inevitable cravings can significantly boost your chances.

Here we take a look at seven ways you can prevent, manage and even stop cravings for alcohol:

1. Recognize the Triggers

The urge to drink can be triggered by either internal or external stimuli. Recognizing the early…

How to Quit Methadone: Detox and Withdrawal Tips

Detox Medical Examination

Once the first step has been taken to seek help for addiction issues, it is natural to have questions about the process involved. Withdrawal from drugs can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, which is why it is always advisable to seek treatment at a specialist addiction recovery center. Although it is an unpleasant process, it is essential to detox methadone from your body before successful rehabilitation can begin.

Here we break down the stages of methadone withdrawal into three stages:

Stage One

Feelings of anxiety and paranoia, nausea, inability to sleep, abdominal pain and a high temperature characterize…

The Science Behind Addiction: Effects of Drugs on the Brain and Body

Man Suffering from Illness

Both prescription and illegal drugs like heroin work with the same mechanism that is intended to reduce pain sensations by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and other organs. The drug creates a sensation of drowsiness and slows down breathing, often to a dangerous extent if opioid addiction is present where the potential for overdose is significant.

Abuse of prescription opioids can often be a consequence of prolonged pain due to injury or illness that leads to someone taking more than the prescribed dose to fight agonizing pain and possibly developing a dependence on the substance. It is principally the effect of opiate-based drugs on brain…

How Pediatricians Can Help Treat Adolescent Opioid Addiction

Pediatrician Front Coat

The number of overdose deaths among adolescents abusing opioids has been consistently rising in recent years. This has thrown pediatric specialists into medicating for substances more usually abused by older people and has required a dramatic rethink of how to deliver treatment specifically to adolescents. Although in general, an inpatient treatment program would be recommended for an adult opioid addict, adolescents can often respond as outpatients as they may not have developed total drug dependence at the time they seek help.

Addiction Treatment…

3 Signs Parents Should Look Out for to Prevent Opioid Prescription Abuse

Adolescent Drug Overdose

Addiction is something that affects the whole family although prescription opioid abuse can sometimes be prevented, if the right steps are taken when the problem first comes to light. Knowing the signs of addictive behavior is the best way for parents to educate themselves so that they are able to seek help for their loved one sooner rather than later.

Here we take a closer look at the signs that indicate the potential for addiction in your children. It is crucial to remember that there is plenty of professional support available to you whether you are just suspicious or have confirmed knowledge your child has developed prescription drug dependence.

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Can Horses Help Addicts Heal?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Using animal interaction for medical purposes isn’t a new thing when you think about guide dogs for the blind as a classic example. But horses? Although it may sound a little out there, research has shown that involving horses in addiction therapy is extremely beneficial. Known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or EAP, this pioneering addiction treatment uses horses as a tool to provide patients on drug and alcohol treatment programs with valuable insights on personal boundaries and relationships. Interacting with horses…

Can Vivitrol Help to End Opioid Addiction?

Vivitrol Medical Syringe

According to a recent study, an extended-release drug called Vivitrol has shown to reduce opioid dependency rates significantly, particularly among male members of minority populations. Vivitrol is a full opioid antagonist that is an injectable formula of naltrexone, administered monthly in treatment of opioid addiction.

Such is the confidence in Vivitrol in the opioid addiction recovery process that it was approved in 2010 and has since gained acceptance by both medical and criminal justice authorities. As it is not a controlled substance, Vivitrol is particularly successful in preventing relapse in patients…

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