National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Using drugs and alcohol during adolescence greatly increases your risk of developing an addiction, as 90% of people who have a substance abuse disorder started using substances before they turn 18. National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is dedicated to supporting those impacted by addiction, sharing substance abuse prevention strategies and promoting access to treatment. Substance…

therapist comforting patient about chemical dependency treatments

Chemical Dependency Treatments

Chemical dependency is defined as “the body’s physical and/or psychological addiction to a psychoactive (mind-altering) substance, such as narcotics, alcohol, or nicotine.” People become physically dependent because they give their body the substance repeatedly, and over time, they become tolerant of it. Therefore, they need to increase their dose to get the same effects from…

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Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant, creating an energizing effect that improves cognition and creates euphoria. However, cocaine abuse can also cause you to experience insomnia and heart problems. One of the major reasons why cocaine is illegal is because it is highly prone to abuse and can lead to addiction, which can cause…

a doctor explaining to the patient how choice theory can aid addiction recovery

How Choice Theory Can Aid Addiction Recovery

During substance abuse treatment, programs like individual counseling and choice theory can help you learn how to manage triggers and cravings. How does choice theory aid addiction recovery? By improving your decision-making process and helping you learn how to cope with triggers.  More than 24 million Americans used illicit drugs in the past month, while…