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,…

Psychological Dependence & Addiction-Two Sides of the Same Coin

The terms addiction, chemical dependence, and psychological dependence are often used interchangeably. In reality, addiction and psychological dependence are quite similar. Psychological dependence describes the psychological (or emotional) components of substance use disorder. These elements include cravings or behaviors that occur around the perceived need to use a substance. Psychological dependence is also sometimes referred…

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Addiction Recovery Resolutions

Each year millions of people around the world begin the new year by making new year’s resolutions. For many, the holiday season and the arrival of the new year signal an opportunity to purge old habits and start fresh by developing new, healthier habits. This year especially, many are looking forward to putting closure to…

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What Role Does Exercise Play in Recovery?

The benefits of exercise on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are well known. Whether you are reading a peer-reviewed journal article or looking at your Facebook feed, it quickly becomes clear how beneficial exercise is for everyone. Some people wonder what, if any, connection exists between exercise and addiction recovery. After all, it is…

Addiction Treatment in a Crisis

If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, the concept of crisis, whether personal or professional, is likely all too familiar. There is an unfortunate yet common relationship between those who abuse drugs or alcohol and those who have emergencies in their lives. These emergencies can take on a variety of forms ranging from…

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What is Luxury Rehab?

Across the United States, there are thousands of rehab centers. Each of these offers competent, professional, and caring help for those who want and need to recover from substance use disorders. While researching options, you will likely come across listings advertised as “luxury rehab.” What does that mean? How is luxury rehab different from “normal”…

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What Is The History of Addiction and Substance Abuse

The use of substances such as alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and other opioids has roots as far back as the Bible. The use of various substances is well documented in medical texts written by ancient Syrians and the Chinese. Addiction has a long history both here in the United States and throughout the civilized world. Look…

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Dealing With Isolation During Recovery

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, it was believed social distancing and stay at home orders would be a short-lived thing. Sadly, this appears to be an inaccurate assumption. Initially, most states initiated stay at home orders, which were slated to last through the first weeks of April. As time passed and the medical community…