Homelessness is a major public health concern in major cities and small towns across North America. It is estimated that 650,000 individuals across the U.S. and Canada are homeless on any given night. Estimates of alcohol and drug use rates among the homeless vary considerably, however, there is agreement that substance use is significantly higher…Details
With the opioid crisis claiming more lives every day, we need to do everything in our power to help people with addiction achieve the best possible outcome, said Robert Matylewicz, DO, FASAM, medical director at Clarity Way drug rehab in Hanover, Pennsylvania. “Allowing them to have a say in the design of their individual addiction…Details
A hot topic of debate in many circles surrounds the use of medical marijuana. It is a complicated matter due to conflicting rulings about its legality and accessibility. The Drug Policy Alliance, which refers to itself as “the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights,” has…Details
When left untreated, substance abuse will sabotage your career and demolish your professional reputation. No matter how much success you’ve had in the past, the abuse of alcohol or other drugs will eventually leave you out in the cold with no real hope of finding another job. If you are an entrepreneur, it could…Details
By Cathy Habas Drug detox will change your life, but it’s not easy. You’re in for a week or more of withdrawal symptoms, which will vary depending on which drug you are getting out of your system and may include: Chills Sweating Diarrhea Vomiting Muscle aches and pains Depression Anxiety Moodiness To relieve the withdrawal…Details
One of the most therapeutic tools for addiction recovery is journaling. It’s something that you can do just about any time or anywhere, and it’s simpler and less expensive than therapy. Keeping a journal is a great way to reduce stress and get in touch with what you’re thinking and feeling. By writing in a…Details
If everything hurts, and you’re becoming sensitive to pain, it’s time to ask why. For a significant number of people suffering from chronic pain, the source of their increased sensitivity may be the drugs that are supposed to fight the pain. This is cruel and ironic. Long-term consumption of opioid painkillers like OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet®…Details
It can be devastating to watch a loved one struggle with addiction. It’s painful and personal and brings feelings of helplessness, anger, fear and hurt.
Anxiety and insomnia are common problems for people in treatment for substance use disorders. In many cases, these issues were present prior to substance abuse, were masked during the addiction, and have now resurfaced in sobriety.
Overcoming addiction is one of the hardest things you’ll have to do in your life, and the initial detox is the most challenging part. While your success depends on your commitment to making a positive change in your life, addiction experts know that detox is a particularly sensitive time, and detox facilities aim to provide…Details