If you or a loved one has recently made a commitment to sobriety, let us be one of the first to congratulate you. This is a big step toward improving your quality of life. The first few months of sobriety are life changing. But, like most things that change your life, there may be some … [Read more...] about Eight Challenges in Early Days of Sobriety
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), more than 23 million adults in the United States have struggled with problematic drug use. For this reason alone, it’s important to understand the underlying causes of addiction, its relationship to other psychiatric … [Read more...] about How Addiction Changes Your Personality
Heroin is the most addictive substance in the world. It’s an opioid painkiller similar to morphine, but it’s not available by prescription. Unregulated drugs, particularly addictive drugs like heroin, are often impure or contaminated. Heroin must be purchased illegally and as a result is much more … [Read more...] about Is it Possible to Get Addicted to Heroin on the First Try?
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 19 million American adults (aged 12 and older) struggled with a substance abuse disorder in 2017. Genetics, environmental factors and mental health disorders are all factors that can increase a person’s risk of … [Read more...] about Will I Lose My Job if I Go to Rehab?
One of the key questions scientists are trying to answer is: Why are some people are more vulnerable to addiction than others? According to research, about 50 percent of a person’s susceptibility to drug addiction may be linked to genetics. How are genes connected to drug addiction? Addictive … [Read more...] about Is Addiction Genetic?
While there is a distinct difference between casual drinking and alcoholism, it may be difficult to recognize when the lines between the two get blurred. What typically defines alcoholism is a person’s relationship with alcohol, not how they appear to their peers, colleagues, and family. What is … [Read more...] about Casual Drinking vs. Alcoholism
Addiction is a complex disease you shouldn’t have to fight alone. When you struggle with addiction your entire perspective changes. Your mind and body are fixated on using—despite the serious health and social consequences. When you’re ready to begin your journey toward recovery, your counselor … [Read more...] about How Important Is a Sponsor?