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The Importance of Setting Boundaries with an Addicted Loved One

Woman Saying No
“The Stop” by Bernard Goldbach is licensed under CC BY 2.0

One of the most difficult aspects of living with a loved one with addiction issues is that they lose their ability to recognize the consequences of their actions. This can lead to the kind of destructive behavior that drives wedges between family members, breaking even the closest bonds irreparably. Specialist alcohol and drug addiction treatment


Can Drug Abuse Lead to Mental Health Issues?

Mental Illnesses

Known as dual-diagnosis, it is not uncommon for addiction and mental illness to go hand in hand, although it is not always obvious which condition pre-existed the other. This is because although mental illness can lead to addictive behavior, addictive behavior can also lead to symptoms of mental disorder. There are also other factors that need to be considered on a patient-by-patient basis including education, socio-economic status, gender, their personal history and the substances used to determine the state of mental and physical health in relation to their addiction.

Diagnosing the Symptoms of Mental Illness

There are several ‘street’ or…

Why Addiction Recovery Requires More Than Just a 'Vaccine for Addiction'

Receiving a Vaccination

While it would obviously be great to treat the very complex disease of addiction with a few shots of vaccine, there are many reasons why this approach would almost certainly not work. As the government attempts to address the significant opioid abuse problem in America, suggestions have been made that research should be undertaken to develop an addiction ‘antidote’ in the form of a vaccine.

Why a Vaccine Won’t Work to Cure Addiction

Although addiction is a chronic disease, there are generally psychological issues also underlying it that need to be identified for effective treatment. Whether…

First Responders Are Spending More on Overdose Reversal Drug

First Responders in Ambulance

A new drug that is able to reverse an opioid overdose and save thousands of lives each year is currently being rolled-out to first-responders across the country. In the US, more than 33,000 deaths are caused by opioid overdose each year and until now, those often first on the scene have been powerless to assist. Now, people overdosing on heroin, fentanyl and other opiate-based drug are able to be treated immediately on…

The Link Between Addiction and Depression

Alcohol Addict With Depression

Addiction and depression often go hand in hand although there are many misconceptions about both conditions. For a start, depression is not something you can snap out of and addiction isn’t the result of an over-indulgent personality. It is important to remember that both addiction and depression are illnesses; depression is a mental illness and addiction, a chronic disease. It is not sufficient to acknowledge the link between the two rather to treat them both independently.

Is Depression the Cause or Effect of Addiction?

The simple answer is that both are true. When someone is suffering with depression, they may…

Why DIY Detox Often Fails without Medical Support

Pills Prescription Bottle

There is a common misconception, usually held by families and people close to addicts, that alcohol or drug detox can be handled on their own. It is often the expense and complexity of seeking professional addiction treatment that forces people to consider other options which, unfortunately, rarely work. Addicts can also feel capable of conducting their own DIY detox and while their motivation can be exceptionally strong, without a structured treatment program to support them, their attempts often fail.

Why Attempting Drug Detox on Your Own is Not a Good Solution

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Key Differences between Abstinence and Recovery

Woman Sitting Depressed

It is now widely acknowledged that addiction is a chronic disease that ruins lives as well as health. The effects of addiction filter through entire social groups, which is how it permeates our society and continues to exist. For those in the grip of addiction it can be an incredibly lonely place to dwell, although there are solutions available that can give hope during a time of daily struggle.

Ridding lives of addiction is no easy task and yet many still believe that by simply not using alcohol or drugs is sufficient to be “cured.” Giving up using is just one small step in a process that lasts a lifetime. This is because all addiction has root causes…

Opioid Prescriptions Decline but Levels Still Too High According to CDC

Prescription Drug Pills

New research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the amount of opioid prescriptions written in America between 2010 and 2015 fell by 18%. Despite the success in reducing the number of Americans receiving opioid-based prescription drugs, the level still remains three times higher than it was back in 1999.

Overhaul of Prescription Practices behind Declining Numbers

In response to the rising number of opioid overdoses in the States, physicians have revised prescribing practices to prevent or reduce the risk of addiction. Nevertheless, thousands of lives are lost every year to prescription drugs…

What Are the Options for Schooling Kids with Addiction?

Addiction School Classroom

Addiction is not just a condition suffered by adults alone. There are rising numbers of adolescents and young adults struggling with issues caused by drug or substance abuse in America today. Young addicts have a unique set of challenges to face when receiving treatment for addiction, particularly the question of where and how to continue with education whilst on a rehabilitation program.

Ensuring Academic Consistency is Important for Recovery

The main reason traditional school can be difficult for young addicts is that it can sometimes become an enabling environment, with the risk of…

Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Help Addicts?

Animal-Assisted Therapy
Image by University of the Fraser Valley via Flickr

It’s hard not to love animals, and many people experience a calming effect when petting a cat, dog or other furry friend. Human beings are by nature a pack animal, which is why co-existing with animals comes naturally to us. This is the reason there are so many benefits to caring for and spending time with an animal. Animals also have an extremely therapeutic benefit in addiction treatment, which is something that has been…


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