dependence

The Psychology Behind Dependence

When people talk about struggles with drugs and alcohol, the terms dependence and addiction are often used in the same breath. While the concepts are difficult to separate from one another, there is a subtle yet critical difference between dependence and addiction. However, both can and often lead to physical, emotional, and behavioral challenges directly…

stages of withdrawal

Stages of Withdrawal

Year after year, millions of people struggle with the life-changing effects of drug and alcohol addiction. Recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggest as many as 22 million Americans have a substance use disorder. Addiction is not a disease…

Purple Drank

Purple Drank: What is in Lean?

Codeine has been widely misused for decades. When used as directed, codeine is a highly effective pain-relieving medication. When misused or abused, it can create a “high” sought by many who struggle with an addiction to prescription opioids. Codeine is the main ingredient in lean, making it a new and popular pop culture drink. For…

Withdrawal symptoms

Warning Signs: Withdrawal symptoms

Commonly abused substances, whether alcohol or drugs carry a significant risk of phycological and physical dependence. When you develop a dependency on any substance, you are highly likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when you reduce the amount you use or stop using altogether. The severity and duration of withdrawal will vary from person to person…

Addictionologist

What is an Addictionologist and How Can They Help?

As the opioid epidemic and other challenges related to substance use and abuse continue to rise, the need for trained addiction treatment professionals remains high. Depending on your treatment needs, finding an addiction treatment professional skilled in addressing your unique treatment needs can be complicated. Today, there are several specialized roles in addiction treatment medicine,…