1010, 2019

What Are Opioids?

There are two basic types of opioid medications, although both, as you will see, have many similarities as chemically they are close to the same. The first type is natural opioids, which are derived from the opium poppy plant. These include drugs such as heroin, morphine, opium, and codeine. There are also synthetic opioids. These […]

210, 2019

Key Questions To Ask When Considering Rehab

If you are considering rehabilitation services for yourself or someone else, there are some key concerns that you should be asking before you commit to a particular hospital, clinic, or program. You will certainly want to know about the costs of the program and whether your insurance will cover any of the bills. You will […]

2309, 2019

Process Addiction

There are many types of addiction, and while we tend to think of substance abuse with a component of physical dependence characterized by withdrawal symptoms, but the fact is that behavioral addiction can occur in a number of activities and processes with no physical dependence.

What makes these behavioral patterns addictions instead of a habit? It […]

1809, 2019

Improving Patient Adherence in Rehabilitation Programs

Patient adherence is a pressing issue in the management of substance use disorders and other addictions. Overall, nonadherence (to all treatments) causes approximately 125,000 deaths annually in the US alone. Moreover, the forms of nonadherence extend beyond medication and include lapses in keeping appointments, to follow the recommended dietary or other lifestyle changes, and to […]

2208, 2019

Austin Eubanks

Fifteen people died at Columbine High School in a school shooting on April 29, 1999: Two shooters, 12 students, and one teacher. In May of 2019, the incident claimed another victim: Austin Eubanks, 37, who was found dead in his home after struggling for years to combat opioid addiction, which began with prescriptions given to […]

808, 2019

Coping with the Challenges of Recovery

Quitting the habit that you are addicted to is just the first step of the recovery process. It’s not easy but that battle has just begun and there are several other steps that will need to be taken for a lasting and full recovery. In essence, the goal of the recovery process is creating a […]

3007, 2019

How to Know when You are an Addict of a Non-Substance Activity

What is addiction? And when do you know that your habit has become an addiction?

It is true that there is nothing pathological about indulging and enjoying something. Engaging in pleasurable activity is not wrong in and of itself, but there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed, beyond which the activity becomes an addiction.


People sometimes […]

2607, 2019


Self-awareness sounds like a phrase that would fit right into the 1960s mindset. Is this another offshoot of the old do-your-own-thing generation?


Self-awareness, in fact, as a clinical theory, is often traced to the breakthrough study on the subject done by psychology researchers Thomas Shelley Duval and Robert Wicklund, which was published in 1972. This opened […]

1807, 2019

The Gambler’s Fallacy

A global study on drugs, alcohol and tobacco use found that consumption of alcohol and use of tobacco were by far the most threatening addiction problems faced around the world in terms of risk to health and chance of death. The one-two punch of alcohol and tobacco cost the world population more than a quarter […]

407, 2019

Core Services

There are several core services you can expect when you enter an addiction recovery and rehabilitation clinic. Let’s look over these briefly, so you know what options are available to you and why they are recommended.


Using the disease model, addictions are often defined as a disease that is in an early, middle or late stage. […]

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