Heroin is an extremely addictive and commonly abused opioid. People from all socioeconomic classes abuse heroin. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that nearly 5.1 million people used heroin in 2015. Heroin abuse is a disorder of epidemic proportions. The greatest increase in heroin use between 2001 and 2013 occurred in white […]
Drinking alcohol in excess or as a way to cope with stressors or avoid problems can lead to dependence and then addiction. Nearly 14 million people—more men than women—in the United States are dependent on alcohol or have alcohol problems.
Alcohol-use disorder or alcoholism is when alcohol use becomes excessive and leads to significant impairment or […]
Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder that manifests with strange or bizarre thinking, sight or sound perceptions, bland emotion and dissociation from reality. There Is a generic component but it is triggered by environmental factors, such as drug use and stress. Children who experience psychosis often can’t tell if something is real or not real. It […]
Anorexia nervosa is a complex psychological disorder typically affecting young people between the ages 15 and 18. It has been shown to be inherited from parents in about 70% cases. Personality traits, such as perfectionism, body dissatisfaction, and obsessive thoughts may predispose patients to it. Other predisposing factors are also implicated, such as having a […]
Alternative Addiction Therapy and Treatment, in recent years, have led to addiction rehabilitation programs that incorporate alternative therapies to heal addicts and help them develop long-term sobriety. Some programs still incorporate the 12 Step Program while others use alternative programs to address the underlying causes of addiction without the 12 Step Plan. Alternative addiction rehabilitation […]
Holistic Rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction is a new age approach that aims to heal the body, mind, and spirit while detoxing. It uses homeopathic therapies along with teaching new coping skills to remain free of drugs and alcohol. It is based on the idea that our lives, family and other factors contribute to […]
There are many patients who suffer from alcoholism and some of them continue to suffer from it despite repeated treatments. They are known as chronic relapsers. Their repeated attempts at rehabilitation with short-term benefit, if any, have led to coinage of the term, Revolving door syndrome. This can carry on for years and may lead […]
Polysubstance abuse refers to the abuse of more than one drug at once. It includes abusing illicit drugs as well as prescription medications.
In some cases, it may be inadvertent, such as combining prescription meds with each other or taken with alcohol. It is imperative for the doctor to educate patients on their use. In addition, […]
Addiction is not just one disease, it is many diseases. Different drugs cause different addictions and each individual has a different relationship with that substance and a different reason they fell under its spell. You wouldn’t treat two completely different infections with the same antibiotic – one might be resistance to that treatment – and […]
Drug addiction might not seem like a medical disease – but it is internationally recognized by major health organization such as the Center for disease control and the United Nations World Health Organisation as a serious and dangerous disease. In fact, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimate that is 1 in 20 […]