Addiction Advice

For patients and families Advice for people who are struggling with addiction - either themselves, or because of a family member or friend. In this section we aim to inform, advise and give hope. Please contact us if you would like us to address a particular issue.

For patients and families Advice for people who are struggling with addiction - either themselves, or because of a family member or friend. In this section we aim to inform, advise and give hope. Please contact us if you would like us to address a particular issue.

January 29, 2018

Fentanyl- A Deadly Opioid Addiction

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever that is prescribed with those who suffer severe pain or injury after they have surgery. Like all drugs, fentanyl can be abused too in that many experience a state of euphoria and feel relaxed after. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, more than 1,000 died in the U.S. from fentanyl from 2005-2007. Those under the influence of fentanyl need to seek treatment to prevent the chances of contributing to this statistic.

January 29, 2018

Extreme Behaviors in Love Addiction

Sex addiction is when the person is addicted to engaging in sexual behaviors and cannot stop having sexual thoughts. Then there is love addiction where sex is not the main pursuit. Someone can be in love with the idea of love as they go from one relationship to the other. Someone can also go to the point of obsession where that person occupies their thoughts on an everyday basis. That person is put above everything and everyone else such as family, friends, and work.

January 24, 2018

Domestic Violence and Addiction

Domestic violence is when you exhibit abusive behavior to gain or maintain power and control over your intimate partner. Domestic violence can fall under emotional, physical, psychological, sexual, or financial abuse. According to Addiction Center, 80% of domestic violence cases are related to drugs. When people on drugs or alcohol, it causes them to be aggressive and have low impulse control, causing them to hurt the ones they love and not be able to stop.

January 24, 2018

Dedicated Worker or Workaholic?

It is hard to know when someone is a workaholic or just someone who wants to log in as many hours to please their boss. Work addiction is considered the most socially acceptable form of addiction. ProjectKnow says that 5%-10% suffer from work addiction where a person really enjoys work or feels compelled to where that is all they do.

January 24, 2018

Adderall Addiction

Adderall is an addictive stimulant that tends to stimulate alertness and productivity. The effects of this drug are not like taking caffeine pills that help keep you awake but more like taking cocaine in which the consequences can be extreme and deadly. According to Addiction Center, there were almost sixteen million prescriptions for Adderall in 2012 which is triple the amount of prescriptions of 2008.

January 24, 2018

Common Misconceptions of Drug Addiction

People think that having an addiction is a choice as well as a character flaw. It is important to set the record straight about the truth of drug addiction so that more can be done in regards to treatment and how it is viewed.

January 3, 2018

How to Overcome Addiction

Overcoming addiction make seem like an impossible feat because doing drugs was a routine that you were accustomed to. Stopping drug use involves making a lot of big life changes. It is important to never give up and to remind yourself that if you are experiencing stresses and obstacles along the road to recovery, the real world works that way too and to not feel discouraged.

January 2, 2018

FAQ on Drug Addiction

Q. What is drug abuse and how is it developed?

  1. Drug abuse is a complex, serious brain disease where you find yourself craving drugs as well as seeking and using them despite the negative consequences they can bring to your life. It can develop when the continued use of drugs causes health problems, lacking responsibility in school, work, and relationships. Addiction changes the parts of the brain responsible for self-control and decision making.

January 2, 2018

What to Expect in Early Recovery

In early recovery, you will have to learn to not depend anymore on drugs and alcohol to achieve happiness. The key to a successful early recovery is for your priority to be on achieving sobriety and staying away from anything that can trigger a relapse.

December 29, 2017

The Benefits of Group Therapy

Group therapy involves meeting with a group of people who have all dealt with similar issues. This can range from people who have depression, PTSD, body image issues, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. Group therapy is beneficial in making you feel you are not alone and getting all of the support you need as you are on the road to recovery.