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Santa Ana Drug & Alcohol Rehab—Addiction Treatment Resources

When it comes to looking for drug and alcohol counseling near me, it can be difficult to know what type of facility is best for you. Although there are facilities...

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hotlines

If you think you may have a substance abuse problem or you know someone who you suspect may be addicted, you might not know where to turn. Alcohol and drug...

How Group Therapy Helps in Recovery

Treatment for addiction very often centers around group therapy. Although individual and family therapy are important parts of an overall treatment plan, group therapy often serve as the core therapeutic...

Can You Die from Benzodiazepine Withdrawal?

Which Drugs Are Benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines are a type of central nervous system depressant, which slow activity in the brain.1 Doctors may prescribe benzodiazepines to treat anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, and...

Will Drug Rehab Work the Second Time?

Starting a drug rehab program for your drug or alcohol addiction takes a lot of strength, courage, and determination. If you have relapsed, you may be wondering several things: If...

What Is the Average Length of Stay at a PHP?

When considering the length of stay at a partial hospitalization program, you must remember that any average duration is only a rough estimate. Time spent in a PHP can vary...

Drug Accessibility in America

New technologies have had a profound impact on our exposure to everything from content to how we shop for new things. It can certainly seem like everything is readily available...

Recovery Community

Social media’s influence on human connections remains uncertain: Do platforms like Facebook and Instagram truly “bring the world closer together,” or do they simply increase our isolation? For communities once marginalized...

How Do Gender and DNA Play a Part in Medicine and Treatment?

Each person is unique. As addiction is a disease that will impact each person individually, treatment protocols should reflect this individuality as well. What works for one person may not...

What Are Evidence-Based Treatment Options?

Treatment that is backed by scientific evidence and studies with proven results is called evidence-based treatment (EBT). Psychology and the study of the mind, and therefore treatments for mental illness...

Examining FDA Drug Recalls and Adverse Reactions

More Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 than in the Vietnam War and the war with Iraq combined. The majority of these overdoses weren’t caused by an illegal drug that...

Research Articles

Drug Purities in America

A drug’s chemical composition contains the mystery of its history – from the secrets of its creation to the substances with which it’s been cut. For casual and dependent users...

Addiction in the News

In recent years, the advance of the opioid epidemic has yielded increasingly grim headlines. Much of this coverage emphasizes the unprecedented number of overdose fatalities, while other reports describe new and potent...

Lifestyle Changes and Self-Care

Making healthy lifestyle changes that include self-care can make a positive difference in mental illness and addiction treatment and recovery. The better a person feels emotionally, physically, and spiritually, the...

What Is Psychotherapy, and How Can It Help during Treatment?

Psychotherapy is a formal intervention that relies on a formally trained professional therapist to utilize techniques that have their foundation in psychological principles in order to assist a person or...

What Are the Pros of Group Recovery & How Does It Help with Treatment?

There are a number of group approaches to recovery that can be very beneficial to individuals in treatment for substance use disorders. The major forms of groups used in recovery...

Perceptions of Addiction

The roots of the American opioid crisis run deeper than many assume. Experts date the epidemic’s origins to the late ’90s when pharmaceutical companies downplayed their drugs’ addictive potential to market them...

Understanding Addictive Behavior

America’s addiction crisis today is undeniable. Despite earning mainstream media attention in recent years, the number of opioid overdoses rose by nearly a third in just 14 months between 2016 and 2017,...

What Are the Roles of Neurotransmitters & How Do Drugs Disrupt Them?

The human body is both wildly complex and masterfully delicate. Each system works in harmony with the others, keeping us alive, helping us think, and triggering our feelings in remarkable...

When Is It Time to Seek Treatment?

Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs like opioid painkillers are consumed safely in various scenarios in the United States. Doctors will oversee prescriptions, and adults are legally allowed to drink...

What Are the Different Types of Therapy for Addiction?

One of the most important aspects of addiction treatment is therapy. Although detox gives the body time to end dependence on an intoxicating substance, learning to stay away from drugs...

How Can Residential Treatment Help with Mental Illnesses?

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), mental disorders or mental illnesses are psychological conditions that result in a...

Residential Treatment Programs

What Is a Residential Treatment Center? Residential treatment centers provide live-in treatment for addiction and mental health disorders. These treatment programs are also sometimes referred to as inpatient treatment programs. There are...

What to Look for in Residential Treatment?

In residential treatment centers, clients stay in the same facility where they receive treatment. Residential treatment typically takes place in a more home-like atmosphere compared to the more sterile atmosphere...

Is Residential Treatment Best for Those with Co-Occurring Disorders?

Comorbidity occurs when people have two or more illnesses or disorders at the same time. Individuals who have co-occurring disorders (sometimes still referred to as dual diagnoses) have at least...

How Does Holistic Treatment Help?

When a person is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is incredibly important that they find a treatment program that will encourage them to stay sober. Today,...

12 Step Alcohol Recovery Programs

The day someone seeks help from an alcohol recovery program is a momentous and important one. It marks the start of a new chapter in their life – one that,...

The Benefits of Attending Residential Addiction Treatment

Watching a loved one suffer from addiction is heartbreaking, and it often leaves family members feeling powerless, but when the individual is finally ready to seek help, it can be...

What Causes Drug Withdrawal?

An important principle that explains how a person’s system maintains its normal level of functioning is the principle of homeostasis. Homeostasis refers to the property of a system, such as one’s...

How Does LGBTQ Addiction Treatment Differ from Straight Treatment? 

Research investigating the rates of substance use disorders in the LGBTQ community compared to heterosexual communities is inconclusive at best. However, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the...

What Is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies represent a number of different forms of psychotherapy where the primary focus is on identifying elements of an individual’s irrational and often dysfunctional beliefs, and then changing those...

The Difference between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment

When it comes to ongoing substance abuse and addiction, treatment is a necessity. Without professional care, the effects on one’s health, career, relationships, and finances can be devastating. Thankfully, there...

Drug Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has long been a part of society, but the LGBTQ acronym came about only in the 1990s. While official recognition of these individuals...

Do You Withdrawal from Process Addictions like Gaming?

In an illuminating TEDx Talk, former nonstop video gamer Cam Adair shares his story of overcoming his self-described addiction to gaming. Adair discusses how he coped with withdrawal from gaming by...

Psychological Withdrawal: What You Need to Know

Many sources continue to maintain the notion of a separation between physical withdrawal symptoms and psychological withdrawal symptoms.  This separation is artificial and ignores the current understanding of behavior. All behavior...

Getting off Antidepressants: Prozac

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 16.2 million American adults suffered from at least one major depressive episode in 2016, approximately 6.7% of all adults in...

Withdrawal Medications: Making Detox Safe

The detox process allows a person’s system to slowly eliminate substances, such as drugs, and recover relatively normal functioning in the absence of these substances. Most of the elimination of...

Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms: What Loved Ones Need to Know

The development of physical dependence to certain classes of drugs can be symptomatic of having a substance use disorder; however, physical dependence (having both tolerance and withdrawal symptoms) is neither...

Definition of Substance Abuse

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has defined a standard of care for substance abuse that is based on applying the most appropriate intensity of treatment based on an...

Assessment

When it comes to determining how to place a person in addiction treatment, having a standard guideline based on the degree of substance abuse and the person’s motivation to change...

Detox

When a person is entering substance abuse treatment, there are specific criteria for determining the level of care needed at each treatment stage. These criteria are based on the person’s...

Placement Criteria

Substance abuse research has shown that the treatments most likely to help people achieve recovery are those that are personalized to the individual’s needs. As described in an article from...

ASAM

Most people understand that people with addictions need some form of help. These people did not choose to develop addictions. They do not want their lives to be full of...

Substance Abuse vs. Process Addictions

To fully understand the difference between substance abuse and process addiction – and how the two are actually related – it is important to define both terms. Substance abuse is...

Love Addiction 

Although love addiction is not listed in the DSM and has not been confirmed as a diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association, this condition, like sex or gambling addictions, involves impulse control...

Outpatient Program

Providing the appropriate level of care for people struggling with substance abuse or addiction is important to give individuals the services most likely to help them achieve and maintain recovery....

Exercise Addiction

Behavioral addictions can sometimes seem baffling. The ways in which a person can become addicted to activities, such as exercise, surfing the Internet, and other activities, may be confusing without...

Sex Addiction 

Although much debate exists about whether sex addiction is a true addiction or a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder, there is no question that droves of people seek help from therapists...

Gaming Addiction 

When a behavior stimulates the reward centers of the brain, it can become addictive for some people. Although many Americans of all ages play video games, a small percentage of...

Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction is a disorder involving the inability to stop, or the need to continue in riskier situations, gambling behaviors. This addiction is also sometimes referred to as compulsive gambling, problem gambling, or pathological...

Cross Addiction

To a person with alcoholism, any drink that contains alcohol can look a lot like temptation. In time, those drinks could even look like enemies. As a result, people with...

Withdrawal Symptoms among Various Substances

Withdrawal is the period of time when substances leave a person’s body. When someone is physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, withdrawal symptoms often occur as the substance exits the person’s...

Intensive Outpatient Program

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) placement criteria describe a continuum of care that matches the appropriate level of treatment to people struggling with substance abuse or addiction. These criteria include...

Partial Hospitalization Program

What Is Partial Hospitalization? Partial hospitalization is the highest intensity level of outpatient treatment. While it is not residential treatment, it includes daily supervision and guidance, with structured programs throughout...

Residential Treatment

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, there is a progressive range of treatment levels of care for people struggling with substance abuse or addiction. These levels of care are...

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