A common belief that runs through all addicts is that there is someone else out there with a similar story whom they can relate to, and more importantly know they are not alone. Addiction does not care if you are young or old, rich or poor, black or white, work a 9 to 5 job [...]
Individuals struggling with a mental disorder often benefit from a combination of treatment strategies. This may result in a prescription for medication, in addition to sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy to address the cues that lead to mental disorder symptoms.
In a world of on-demand movies, instant messaging and drive-through dining it is difficult to know just what is meant when something is described as long term. Long term drug rehab is an example of this conundrum. Just how long is long term rehab and why would someone choose it over short term drug rehab? [...]
When it comes to the subject of relapse, the family members of a substance abuser are not naïve. No matter how committed a child, parent, sibling, or cousin may be to their treatment regimen, the pull of addiction can at times be almost irresistible, and those who educate themselves about this reality know very well [...]
Hollywood has definitely raised awareness of using detox programs to aid in the recovery of drug and alcohol addictions. While the real world isn’t as glamorous as popular television shows, a relatively new show called “Intervention” takes a more realistic approach to the actual process.
When primary care physicians see patients who smoke but also struggle with alcohol, drug or mental disorders, they may see smoking as a problem to be tackled after a more life-threatening disorder is addressed. While smoking is a deadly choice, it may pale in comparison to more immediately deadly behaviors, such as drug use or [...]
For those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, the road to recovery may seem like an endless path to nowhere. What addicts need to realize, however, is that recovery is a lifelong journey. And, the true test of getting well begins once rehab is over and the individual re-enters society with a sober frame of [...]
For millions who are living with substance abuse addictions and mental health problems, the bizarre behaviors publicized on entertainment news outlets nationwide about actor Charlie Sheen aren’t entertaining at all.
A new report shows that Australian children as young as 10 are being treated for amphetamine, marijuana, and alcohol abuse. The Federal Government report also reveals that 12-year-olds are using heroin and a child under 13 was treated for cocaine use last year.
As America suffers the most severe economic conditions in decades, its citizens are faced with yet another blow: unemployment rates are now the highest since the 1980s. Nationally, the unemployment rate stands at 8.1% in February 2009, versus 7.6% in January. In California, the February jobless rate is 10.5%, its worst rate since a high [...]