faces of drug addicts

The Changing Faces of Drug Addicts


We may not admit it, but we all have a stereotypical view of drug addicts and alcoholics. If someone asked you to draw a picture of an addict, you’d probably come up with a bum living under the bridge with a needle in his arm. These figures do exist, but there is more to addiction […]

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Is Detox Only for Physical Drug Withdrawal?


Addiction doesn’t happen overnight. Individuals who begin experimenting with alcohol and drugs must continue that behavior for a prolonged time for addiction to set in. Moreover, there are frequently numerous other factors that contribute to the development of an addiction, including prior exposure to substance abuse such as having a parent with a substance abuse […]

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Why Opiate Painkillers are No Better Than Heroin


There are many drugs to which a person can become addicted. In fact, there are even a number of behaviors that research has found can be quite addictive and disruptive to one’s daily life and health. Even so, more often than not when we consider the disease of addiction, we think of alcohol and drugs, […]

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What New Synthetic Drugs Mean for Drug Abuse Treatment


There are countless chemical substances out there that people are abusing today, including new synthetic drugs. Although we’re most familiar with alcohol, marijuana, prescription painkillers, and heroin, these represent only a select few of the wide variety of substances that exist, most of which can very quickly be lethal in many circumstances. However, addiction is […]

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Changing Addiction Stigma: Is It Time?


According to the scientific and healthcare communities, addiction is a disease. More specifically, it’s a chronic, progressive, and incurable brain disease, characterized by altered structure and functioning of the brain. When present, the disease of addiction causes individuals to compulsively pursue harmful and destructive behaviors despite the likelihood of negative outcomes and consequences. In effect, […]

What You Should Know about Treatment Guidelines

What You Should Know About Benzo Detox


Benzodiazepines, called “benzos” for short, are medications that depress the central nervous system. Commonly known as sedatives or tranquilizers, they are prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and even severe withdrawal. Occasionally, benzos may be used as an anesthetic before surgery as well. The benzodiazepine class of drugs includes: Ativan (lorazepam) Klonopin (clonazepam) Halcion (triazolam) […]


The 6 Most Popular Medications Used for Addiction Treatment


There are many different treatments and therapies available that individuals can use to overcome addiction and achieve lasting sobriety. More often than not we associate such treatments with things like counseling, psychotherapy, group sessions, and skills-building, but there are a wide variety of therapies beyond just the quintessential recovery offerings. For example, there are a […]

Types of Drug Addiction Counseling

The 5 Popular Types of Addiction Counseling


The addiction recovery process: It’s intimidating. However, when you break the process down into its individual components, it begins to not only look more manageable and accessible, but also logical. Each of the individual therapies that are commonly incorporated into addiction treatment are intended to address specific effects of addiction or a particular aspect of […]

Rallying for Addiction Recovery

Rallying for Recovery in Ohio


All over the country, decision-makers have tried to find effective ways of alleviating the widespread suffering of many individuals who are in the throes of active addiction, especially in states with particularly high rates of addiction such as Ohio and Rhode Island. As such, politicians from those two states have spearheaded an actionable plan that […]

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Bills Address New Jersey Addiction Treatment


A few days ago, we posted an article on some new developments for New Jersey addiction treatment. There were efforts to provide better access to addiction rehab centers at both community and government levels. As was said then, addiction has become a part of life in New Jersey. Drugs — especially heroin and painkillers such as […]