Blog Archive

Why It’s Important to Care for Your Mental Health Dec 1st, 2022

You may already know how important it is to keep up with your physical health and get regular checkups. But what you may not know is that it’s just as essential to care for your mental health, too. Very often, your mental health and physical health are related. If your mental...

Therapy Nov 1st, 2022

Therapy is a powerful means of addressing all types of mental health concerns and should be part of any long-term mental health or addiction treatment plan. At 2nd Chance Treatment Center throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, a team of experienced and caring psychiatrists and other mental health professionals work...

Heroin Nov 1st, 2022

Heroin use is on the rise, especially in demographics where use was previously low, including women, the privately insured, and those with higher incomes. Heroin is addictive and deadly. The experienced team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, specializes in the medical management of drug...

Drug Rehab Nov 1st, 2022

Recovering from drug addiction is never a simple process, but partnering with a skilled team of specialists increases your chances of success. At 2nd Chance Treatment Center, men and women throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, have access to unparalleled drug rehab services that restore balance and stability in the...

Depression Nov 1st, 2022

Depression is a very common mental health issue, but is also one that can be effectively treated. The psychiatrists at 2nd Chance Treatment Center create customized treatment plans for depression, and have helped hundreds of men and women throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, find relief from depression. To learn...

Buprenorphine Nov 1st, 2022

Getting treatment for your opioid dependence or addiction requires a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. The experienced team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, specializes in the medical management of opioid use disorder. The treatment center offers a comprehensive treatment program that includes medications...

Psychiatry Nov 1st, 2022

Mental health conditions affect more than 40 million Americans every year, and as many as 60% of those people don’t get the medical care they need for their condition. The psychiatry team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, wants to help you get the necessary...

Anxiety Nov 1st, 2022

What is anxiety? Anxiety is an emotion that creates tension, fears or worries, and a range of physical reactions like hastened breathing and increased blood pressure. Anxiety is the function that enables a “fight or flight” reaction when you’re faced with danger. Not only is a certain level of anxiety...

QB Testing Nov 1st, 2022

QB testing is essential for an accurate diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The experienced team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center in Phoenix, Glendale, and Gilbert, Arizona, performs comprehensive ADHD testing that includes a QB screening. Implementing a QB test into your diagnostic plan ensures you...

Peer Counseling Specialist Nov 1st, 2022

Connecting with individuals in your age group can help you find common ground and spark positive change. At 2nd Chance Treatment Center in Phoenix, Glendale, and Gilbert, Arizona, the experienced team offers supportive peer counseling for adolescents, teens, and adults. Peer counseling can help you gain a new perspective on...

Spravato Nov 1st, 2022

Depression affects more than 17 million adults in the United States every year. Though there are many effective treatments for managing the mood disorder, not everyone responds well to traditional antidepressants. Dedicated to helping you get relief from your depression, the team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center in Phoenix, Glendale,...

Subutex Nov 1st, 2022

Fighting addiction is difficult for both the person suffering from an addiction and their family and friends. For some, an inpatient treatment program places an additional strain on emotions already stretched thin. A comprehensive outpatient treatment program that incorporates medication maintenance treatment plans is a good option for individuals looking...

Substance Abuse Nov 1st, 2022

Substance abuse is a powerful and overwhelming force. Often times, overcoming substance abuse is a journey that needs the support of loved ones and family. Being surrounded by people who care is one of the most comforting environments, and it’s important to remind an addict what their life was before...

Suboxone Nov 1st, 2022

Suboxone treatment is a useful option for those individuals seeking opioid addiction treatment options. The first opioid approved for treatment use in an office setting, suboxone empowers individuals to be able to receive opioid-based treatment as an outpatient rather than in a hospital setting by empowering individuals to take the medication...

Bipolar Disorder Nov 1st, 2022

What is Bipolar Disorder? In its most succinct terms, Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that causes changes in an individual’s mood, energy and activity levels, leading to difficulties in living day-to-day life. There are 4 basic types of Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar I Disorder is characterized by its intense manic...

Addiction Nov 1st, 2022

What Is Addiction? Addiction has plagued humans for centuries because it is part of our innate desire to attain enjoyment. Addiction is the inability to choose whether to consume a substance, even when it could be considered dangerous to do so. Generally attributed to the formation of substance abuse habits,...

Sublocade Nov 1st, 2022

The misuse of opioids in the United States is a national crisis and public health concern. Dedicated to helping those suffering from an opioid addiction recover, the specialists at 2nd Chance Treatment Center offer many effective treatment options, including Sublocade™. To schedule an evaluation to learn more about Sublocade and...

Vivitrol Nov 1st, 2022

Every day in the United States, 130 people die from an opioid overdose. Medications like Vivitrol® are part of the treatment for opioid addiction and support the recovery process by reducing your physical cravings for the drug. Dedicated to helping patients recover from their addiction, the experienced team at 2nd...

General Mental Health Nov 1st, 2022

What to expect? During your first visit, your doctor will discuss various FDA-approved evidence-based medication options and make a shared decision together with you in the process of choosing the right treatment plan. After the initial evaluation, medication management follow-up sessions are scheduled for appropriate medical monitoring. If your symptoms...

Methamphetamine Nov 1st, 2022

Nearly one million Americans ages 12 and older suffer from methamphetamine use disorder. Like other highly addictive drugs, methamphetamine alters brain chemistry, which increases the desire and need for the drug. The experienced team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center in Phoenix, Glendale, and Gilbert, Arizona, includes addiction specialists who offer...

Cocaine Nov 1st, 2022

Like many drugs, repeated cocaine use alters the brain’s reward system, increasing the risk of addiction. About 6% of people seeking help for drug addiction use cocaine. The addiction specialists at 2nd Chance Treatment Center offer a comprehensive outpatient program to help you recover from your cocaine addiction. To learn...

Alcohol Use Disorder Nov 1st, 2022

Warning Signs & Symptoms Loss of control, not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun Dependence Tolerance Craving, a strong need or urge to drink Withdrawal symptoms include nausea, sweating, shakiness, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, physical agitation   Causes Problems with drinking have a wide variety of potential...

Opioid Use Disorder Nov 1st, 2022

Warning Signs & Symptoms Difficulty in controlling use A strong desire or sense of compulsion to take the substance Sedation Euphoria – feeling high Shallow or slow breathing Small pupils Nausea, vomiting Itching or flushed skin Constipation Slurred speech Confusion or poor judgment   Opioid use disorder is more common...

Addiction Medicine Specialists Nov 1st, 2022

Struggles with Opioid And Alcohol Addiction Opioid and alcohol tolerance and dependence are developed over time and can lead to significant side effects on your body, mind, and social environment. Many times withdrawal from these drugs will put your body in a state where it needs the drug to continue...

Maintenance Medication Nov 1st, 2022

  Medication maintenance treatment plans for Opioid Use Disorder include: Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone, ZubSolv, etc.) Naltrexone (Vivitrol, etc.). Medication maintenance treatment plans for Alcohol Use Disorder include: Naltrexone (Vivitrol, etc.) Acamprosate Off-label medications with significant evidence for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (Topamax, gabapentin, etc.) Studies show that treatment approaches including the use of both maintenance...

When to See a Psychiatrist Nov 1st, 2022

Almost everyone feels nervous before the first time they see a psychiatrist. Whether or not you grew up with family issues about seeking help for your mental health, there’s still some unfair stigma attached to making that decision. Seeing a psychiatrist doesn’t mean that you’re “crazy” or delusional. It might just...

Understand Group Therapy Oct 1st, 2022

Group therapy is an essential component of treatment, whether you’re seeking help for mental health or substance abuse issues. Group therapy helps you discuss the issues that you face with others who have the same struggles. Group therapy is usually done in addition to individual therapy. You get different benefits from each type...

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Sep 16th, 2022

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a chance to create awareness about one of the leading causes of death. Learn these action steps to help someone. ASK: “Are you thinking about suicide?” LISTEN: Listen carefully and acknowledge their feelings. Warning signs may include increased alcohol and drug use....

What to Expect at Your QB Test Appointment Sep 1st, 2022

If you suspect you may have ADHD, you may wonder how the experts test for it, especially if you weren’t diagnosed as a child. Believe it or not, it’s not uncommon for people to make it to adulthood without an ADHD diagnosis, but that doesn’t mean they don’t, in fact,...

9 Ways To Reduce Stress Aug 15th, 2022

In honor of National Relaxation Day on August 15, here are nine easy steps to take a step back and relax when you are experiencing stress or anxiety. We all feel stressed from time to time. Paying attention to how you deal with stress is important, so you know when...

What Can Peer Counseling Do for You? Aug 1st, 2022

Sharing your experiences with someone else who’s going through similar things can often help your recovery, whether you’re dealing with mental health or addiction issues. When it’s part of an intentional, well-designed program, peer counseling can provide a very effective form of support. Peer counseling is just one part of an overall focus on behavioral...

Mental Health Is Just As Important As Physical Health Jul 15th, 2022

Your mental health deserves your attention just as much as your physical health does. If your mental health is suffering, you may feel alone, but you are not alone. Chances are that someone you know has also had a mental health concern at some point. Talking about your mental health struggles to...

How Is ADHD Tested and Diagnosed? Jul 1st, 2022

If you’ve ever wondered if you may have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but you were never tested for it as a child, you can still have it as an adult. But the path to getting an accurate diagnosis may sometimes feel a bit more complicated than you’d expect. There’s no...

Overcoming Your Opioid Dependency with Suboxone® Jun 1st, 2022

Countless numbers of Americans deal with opioid addictions. These addictions have a high risk of overdose, with 47,000 deaths in 2017 alone. Yet, too few people know there’s a treatment option that can reduce the risk of overdose death: Suboxone®. Suboxone treatment is an alternative to opioid use and is highly effective in...

I Don’t Feel Like I Can Leave the House: Do I Have Anxiety? May 1st, 2022

If you don’t feel like you can leave the house, you might assume you’re just depressed. While not wanting to leave the house can be a symptom of depression, it’s more likely you have another condition called agoraphobia, a fear of open spaces. Although agoraphobia isn’t common, it’s associated with...

How Exercise Can Help Manage Your ADHD Apr 4th, 2022

If you have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, you’re not alone. Even though most people are diagnosed with ADHD in childhood, it doesn’t always go away. As many as 4% of American adults are diagnosed with ADHD, but many people believe the true number is much higher. Fewer than 20% of adults with ADHD are...

CEO and President Interview with FOX10 Phoenix and Express Employment Professionals Mar 31st, 2022

A Message from our CEO and President: This morning I spoke with FOX10 Phoenix and Express Employment Professionals about our growing Call Center positions with 2nd Chance. Our exceptional Call Center team provides compassionate service for our patients throughout Arizona, and we are growing rapidly! This is a great opportunity for...

Understanding Behavioral Therapy for Substance Abuse Mar 6th, 2022

Anyone struggling with an addiction or has a loved one in the same position knows how difficult addiction can be to treat. The pull of the substance can be so strong, an idea that may seem completely foreign unless you’ve experienced it. Because the substance — whether it’s alcohol, meth,...

How Support Groups Can Help You Beat Depression Feb 28th, 2022

Don’t underestimate the worth of a good support group. A caring support group can help you get through life’s major challenges. But sometimes, you may find it challenging to find the support group that’s right for you. As part of your treatment for depression, we offer a built-in support group....

I’m Secretly Depressed: What Should I Do? Jan 6th, 2022

Your mood has been low lately. It’s been at least two weeks, though it’s possibly been a lot longer than that. You don’t remember the last time you truly felt happy. Even the little things that usually bring you joy don’t anymore. Depression is extremely common, though you may have...

Getting Help for Your Alcohol Temptations During the Holidays Dec 9th, 2021

The holidays are a common time for celebrating and getting together with friends. For many people, this includes drinking alcohol. While some people can handle this without a problem, the holidays are a time when many people realize they have a problem with responsible alcohol use. If you’re already in...

How Trauma Can Cause PTSD Nov 10th, 2021

You may have heard about post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, before. Soldiers can have it when they return home from serving in a war. But your trauma doesn’t have to be as severe as war to “count.”  Even lesser but more common traumas — like experiencing an abusive relationship or...

Everything You Didn’t Know About ADHD Oct 12th, 2021

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most common learning disabilities, and it can present a real challenge. Although it’s most often noticed in childhood, it can be diagnosed in adulthood, as well. Undiagnosed or untreated ADHD can cause a worsening of symptoms and even lead to substance...

Top 3 Mental Health Issues in Teens Sep 8th, 2021

Being the parent of a teenager is often challenging. You worry about so many things, especially if they turn to substance abuse. But substance abuse is often an attempt to self-medicate for other underlying mental health issues that need to be addressed. Teens suffer from mental health issues, just as...

What You Should Know About Heroin Addiction Aug 12th, 2021

No one sets out with the intention of becoming addicted to heroin. But it often happens anyway, even if you had other plans. Heroin is part of the opioid epidemic that kills 128 Americans every day. Often, such addictions begin by accident, first with a legitimate prescription for painkillers after...

Is Addiction Genetic? Jul 7th, 2021

If you’re battling with an addiction, you may wonder what caused it. You may be specifically wondering whether or not there’s a genetic component to addiction, especially if you have anyone else in your family tree who also has or had an addiction. The truth is that addictions have many...

Alcohol Withdrawal: Symptoms and How to Cope Jun 22nd, 2021

If you drink regularly enough that your habit falls into the category of alcohol abuse, and you decide to stop suddenly, you could experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Quitting is an important and beneficial thing to do, but you might need some help. An estimated 15 million people live with an...

How Do I Know if I Have Depression? May 3rd, 2021

It’s normal to feel sad from time to time. But when your feelings of sadness seem to have taken over your life, and you just can’t seem to function, there’s a good chance you have depression.  Depression isn’t always obvious at first, especially if it’s triggered by an upsetting event...

5 Signs of a Panic Attack Apr 1st, 2021

Panic attacks can strike at any time, often when you least expect them. They can be triggered by a stressful event, an undesirable interaction, or anxiety. People with panic disorder may experience repeated panic attacks without any obvious trigger. While people often mistake a panic attack for a heart attack,...

How to Support a Friend Through Cocaine Addiction Recovery Mar 3rd, 2021

Watching a friend battle an addiction to cocaine is never easy. Cocaine can make people erratic, agitated, and paranoid, and it may have caused you to want to end your friendship more than once.  When your friend finally decides to get the treatment they need, it may be the first...

Treatment-Resistant Depression: Can Spravato® Help? Feb 16th, 2021

Antidepressants combined with psychotherapy is the most common treatment for depression — but sometimes it isn’t enough when you have major depressive disorder. When you’ve tried at least two types of antidepressants without any decrease in symptoms, you have what’s known as treatment-resistant depression. Despite its name, there is a...

How Does PTSD Affect Sleep? Jan 20th, 2021

You may not associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with sleep issues, but the two are closely intertwined. In fact, the symptoms of PTSD can have a lingering effect on your ability to get a good night’s sleep. PTSD symptoms like insomnia and nightmares can keep you from falling and staying...

Healing from Opioid Addiction: Reasons to Hope Dec 1st, 2020

If you’re one of the more than 2 million people in America struggling with opioid addiction, you know the toll it can take on your life. Whether you’re addicted to prescription opioids like codeine, or illicit drugs like heroin or fentanyl, opioids can put you at increased risk of serious...

How to Support a Loved One with Anxiety Nov 3rd, 2020

Watching a loved one struggle with anxiety can be challenging, especially when their symptoms cause them to miss out on things you know they enjoy.  You may feel helpless when your family member or friend has anxiety, but there are several ways you can offer support. As part of anxiety...

Can You Be Addicted to Marijuana? Oct 8th, 2020

Many people use marijuana thinking they can’t get addicted. But, as with any other brain-altering chemical, it’s actually possible to become addicted to marijuana. In fact, nearly 30% of people who use the drug develop a marijuana use disorder, including addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And...

5 Ways to Support Your Loved One's Recovery Sep 8th, 2020

Substance abuse and dependence can be incredibly hard to overcome, and entering drug rehab or a recovery program is just the first step on a long journey. A staggering 46% of Americans have a friend or family member who struggles with addiction. If this sounds familiar, you’re probably wondering how...

The Not-So-Hidden Dangers of Prescription Medications Aug 13th, 2020

A staggering 22.7 million Americans have an addiction problem. For many, it’s not even their fault. Today’s disjointed medical system can mean you have multiple doctors who don’t communicate easily with one another. You might end up being prescribed one medication by your general practitioner or family doctor, and a...

The Road to Recovery through Rehab Jul 16th, 2020

Are you suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol? Have you tried to quit on your own, or with a 12-step program, only to fail again and again? If you’re among the 22.7 million Americans with an addiction, know there is help for you. At 2nd Chance Treatment Center, residents...

Healing from Addiction: What You Need to Know Jun 15th, 2020

In 2018, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that nearly 165 million people aged 12 or older in the United States had abused a substance like tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs in the prior month. Addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the US, and there’s a constant...

Adult ADHD: Common Symptoms May 5th, 2020

While childhood adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often diagnosed soon after a child enters school, adult ADHD can go undiagnosed for years. Many people have adult ADHD and simply don’t know it, because the symptoms can be masked or attributed to other causes. It’s estimated that 10 million...

Complex PTSD: Causes and Treatment Apr 10th, 2020

Traumatic single events can leave people feeling the effects for a long time, but long periods of abuse or trauma can have an even more disastrous effect. While similar, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) are now considered unique conditions, and it's important to...

What You Should Know About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD Mar 1st, 2020

It’s estimated that 10 million adults in the United States have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the majority of whom are undiagnosed. Finding out you have ADHD as an adult can be a staggering revelation, as you look back over your life and see how it may have affected you.  At 2nd...

How to Spot the Signs of Heroin Addiction in Loved Ones Feb 1st, 2020

Heroin related overdoses kill roughly 15,000 Americans every year. Because of this addictive drug’s power and reach, everyone should learn the signs of heroin abuse and addiction. Armed with this knowledge, you may be able to recognize someone’s heroin addiction and help save their life. At 2nd Chance Treatment Center...

What You Need to Know About Supportive Therapy for Addicts Jan 1st, 2020

When many of us think of going to therapy, we imagine interpreting inkblots and lying on a couch. In reality, many forms of therapy today take a more pragmatic, action-oriented approach.  Our team of psychiatrists and addiction specialists at 2nd Chance Treatment Center use a therapeutic approach called supportive therapy...

Spotting the Warning Signs of Substance Abuse Dec 1st, 2019

Substance abuse describes a harmful pattern of using specific substances that alter your mood. These substances can vary from legal or illicit drugs and alcohol to things that aren’t drugs at all, like inhalants and solvents. Unfortunately, when you abuse substances, it can significantly affect your life and cause a...

How Untreated Depression Can Harm Your Physical Health Nov 1st, 2019

Depression affects about 17.3 million American adults. It’s even fairly common in children, affecting 1.9 million youths between the ages of 3 and 17. These days, and with much of the stigma removed, we know more about how depression can manifest and affect a person in physical ways as well...

The Long-Term Effects of Heroin Use Oct 1st, 2019

Heroin is an opioid, a type of drug that’s derived from the opium poppy plant. Using heroin gives you a feeling of euphoria, known as a high. The type of drug you use and how you use it changes the high you experience, but it’s this feeling that drug users...

When It's Time to Seek Help for Your Mental Health Sep 1st, 2019

It may not be easy to assess your own mental health, but since conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia don’t usually develop suddenly, you may already be aware of some of your vulnerabilities. Often, you’ll sense that something is different or “off.” If you already know how certain behaviors...

How to Help a Loved One Get the Addiction Treatment They Need Aug 16th, 2019

One in seven people in the United States lives with addiction, a complex and often chronic disease that gives rise to distorted thinking, behavior, and body functions through compulsive substance use.  Addiction is common among people of all ages and from all walks of life — it doesn’t discriminate based...

Treating Alcohol Addiction with Vivitrol (Naltrexone): We Answer All Your Questions Jul 15th, 2019

If you’ve struggled with addiction, then you know how difficult it can be to maintain sobriety. There are about 24 million Americans with substance addictions, and statistics show that 25-50% of addicts will relapse within two years after treatment. That’s why it’s important to maintain regular care after rehab to...

Beat Opioid Addiction With Our Suboxone®️ Treatment Plans Jun 4th, 2019

The numbers surrounding the opioid crisis in the United States are alarming. In 2017, approximately 1.7 million people suffered from a substance use disorder involving prescription pain medication, and more than 650,000 struggled with heroin addiction. But the real tragedy is the number of overdoses — 47,000 deaths in 2017....

How to Get a Suboxone Prescription Jan 23rd, 2019

There are some difficulties that we cannot handle on our own and addiction is one of them. For those that know someone struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to deal with this addiction and often the help of medication like suboxone is needed. It is important to take the...

How Suboxone Can Be Used to Treat Opioid Addiction Aug 22nd, 2018

Naloxone and buprenorphine are combined to form Suboxone. Suboxone is not the same as Subutex. It is a prescription medicine and the primary active ingredient is buprenorphine. It attaches to the receptors other opioids attach to. This reduces the effects of other opioids by blocking the receptors. Misuse of Suboxone is...

What is the Difference Between Suboxone and Subutex? Aug 16th, 2018

Suboxone and Subutex are FDA-approved medications used to treat patients with opiate addiction through what is called opiate replacement therapy (ORT). Both drugs have the same active compound, known as buprenorphine. Buprenorphine works by stimulating the same brain cell receptors opiates also influence, without causing the psychotropic effect known as a “high.”...

Hanging Out With Friends That Drink As a Recovering Alcoholic Aug 1st, 2018

In sobriety, hanging out with friends who drink can be difficult, especially when the number one priority is staying sober. How to Stay Sober in Early Recovery In early recovery from alcoholism, it can be important to just avoid contact with friends. During this time, you can figure out how many...

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment: There is a Solution Nov 3rd, 2015

Oxycodone is a strong opiate derived from morphine. It is legally prescribed for pain relief. Patients often take oxycodone to control pain. Abuse of this strong opiate is extremely common. Abuse takes place when oxycodone is taken more than needed to manage pain. This drug has a powerful addiction potential,...

Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment: The Process Oct 13th, 2015

Hydrocodone is a painkiller that is effective in relieving severe pain. Unfortunately it is a painkiller that can also become habit forming. Hydrocodone is abused more than any other opioid in the United States. The truth is, prescription drugs are usually safe if used as prescribed. They only become addictive when...

Pain Pill Addiction: The Truth about Addiction and Treatment Sep 22nd, 2015

Pain pill addiction can happen to anyone and is much more common than many people realize. One of the main reasons people see a doctor is to find pain relief. There are many types of drugs available to ease or eliminate pain, and for some people they can be highly...

Heroin Addiction Treatment: Getting Help Today Sep 1st, 2015

Heroin is a highly physically and psychologically addictive illegal drug that can be injected, smoked or sniffed. One of the greatest dangers associated with heroin is its ability to cause individuals to become both physically and psychologically dependent. Heroin rapidly enters the brain often producing a “downer” effect that quickly...

Getting Through The Storm: Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Dec 29th, 2014

If you are thinking about stopping alcohol abuse, you may want to become familiar with some of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms you may experience. Alcohol withdrawal is the changes your body goes through when you suddenly stop drinking after prolonged or heavy alcohol abuse. Alcohol has a slowing effect on...

Opioid Use Disorder: The Effects & Symptoms Dec 23rd, 2014

Opioid use disorder is more common than many people think. Addiction to opioids is on the rise, and is a serious public health problem with potentially devastating consequences. What are the effects of opioid use disorder? Opioids temporarily reduce anxiety and pain and create a sense of numbness in the body...

When Does Heavy Drinking Become Alcoholism? Dec 19th, 2014

Not all who abuse alcohol become alcoholics. Sometimes, it can develop suddenly in response to stressful changes such as a breakup or job loss. Or, alcoholism can start slowly as your tolerance to alcohol increases. If you drink every day or binge drink, the risks of developing alcoholism are greater. Understanding Alcoholism...

All About Addiction Dec 12th, 2014

What is Addiction? First, let’s break down addiction by its definition: Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other...

Drug Rehab Center—Putting an End to Addiction is Just the Beginning Nov 13th, 2014

People abuse alcohol and drugs for a variety of reasons. There is one common theme—eventually, almost everyone with a substance abuse problem wants to end the suffering and start living again. Perhaps you are here because you need to find a drug rehab center that will make a difference, or...