Studies have shown a strong correlation between addiction and emotional disorders, finding that almost half of those with a substance use disorder also suffer from at least one other mental disorder.
Codependents and addicts go together hand-in-glove—they each fill a void in the other’s life. The addict “needs” the codependent, and the codependent “needs” the addict.
While methadone is considered a safer alternative to other narcotics, the drug still has a high risk for abuse and side effects. Individuals can abuse methadone by taking more frequent or higher doses than prescribed and can become addicted.
LSD is a powerful substance that can lead to some terrifying experiences. For those with mental health conditions or risk factors for psychosis, acid trips may lead to potentially distressing long-term psychological issues.
Fortunately, family members can take supportive roles and encourage recovery. Someone should play the role of the supportive but firm caregiver, encouraging the addicted family member to take positive action.
A triggering event occurs and kicks off the relapse. Recognizing and avoiding or managing reactions to these triggers is a key part of recovery.
Originally, DBT was intended to help individuals experiencing suicidal and self-destructive behaviors. But it has been adapted to support various conditions, including addiction.
Dissociative drugs are a form of psychedelics that include Phencyclidine (PCP), ketamine and Dextromethorphan (DXM). Effects of these kinds of drugs include a feeling of detachment or dissociation from an individual’s body or environment.
There are many potential dangers for a person taking medications or prescriptions to treat self-recognized or self-diagnosed conditions or symptoms.
Detox is often the starting point for drug or alcohol abuse treatment. What is a medical detox program, and what are some reasons a person should consider medical detox?
MDMA better known as Ecstasy, X, or Molly is a synthetic stimulant and hallucinogenic drug. There are many proven negative long-term effects of prolonged usage of MDMA.
Opioids bind to specific receptors in the brain, generally acting as a pain reliever, but can also make one feel relaxed and happy. Heroin packs a double punch, being both physically and psychologically addictive.
Adderall is an effective drug with a wide range of uses, but it can cause severe side effects and addiction—both physical and psychological.
When used correctly, sleeping pills can be the extra help needed to promote healthy rest. If abused, they can have serious negative consequences.
Cravings are a natural part of a person’s addiction journey. Individuals should accept that cravings will happen and be prepared for that eventuality.
The thinking around the causes and treatments for addictions continues to evolve. Part of that shift takes in how the disease affects the family and loved ones of a person with substance use disorder (SUD).
Someone can become addicted to cocaine after only one use. Helping someone before they become addicted is essential, so it is important to know the signs of cocaine use.
A PHP offers a structured environment during the day for someone needing help managing substance abuse or mental health issues.
The reality is marijuana is still a drug that can cause dependency and addiction. And anything that someone can become dependent on can also lead to withdrawal symptoms, one of which is depression.
Recent evidence has suggested that as many as 30% of marijuana users have marijuana use disorder or dependence on the drug, which can develop into an addiction in some severe cases.