Addiction: Men Versus Women

While research has shown that there are differences in how and why opioid addiction manifests in men and women, a 2017 Canadian study suggests those gender differences do not significantly affect the effectiveness of Medication-Assisted Treatment. Researchers also sought to explore whether women and men have a different perception of how effective their treatment program was. This was done by …

The Abuse Potential Difference Between Immediate-Acting and Extended-Release Opioids

Depending upon the injury or condition, physicians routinely prescribe either immediate-acting or extended-release opioids for pain relief. But patients who don’t know the difference between the two will often take these very different medications in the same manner. And that little mistake can have big consequences. What Is an Immediate-Acting Opioid? “If we know that pain and suffering can be …

Amphetamines – The Biggest Drug Problem in California

Did you know that amphetamines are the most-abused drugs in the state of California? Amphetamines are the class of drugs that include methamphetamine as well as prescription medications prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) report found there were almost 45,000 drug treatment admissions in California …

Drug Rehab in Orange County: Finding the Best Fit

Finding the right drug rehab can be confusing. Admitting that you have a substance abuse problem is the most important step on the road to recovery. But after that, what do you do NEXT? Even if you live in a populous area of the country, like Orange County, California, how do you find the drug recovery help that you need? …

How to Support Someone New to Recovery

 “Despite the challenges, families who understand the inevitable ups and downs of early recovery put themselves in a strong position to offer their loved one meaningful support.” ~Beverly Conyers, Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts When a loved one is in alcohol or drug rehab and hoping to begin a new, sober life, you might understandably worry …

Are You a Functional Alcoholic?

An alcoholic looks just like everyone else. Even a seemingly-“successful” person can secretly struggle with alcohol. The disease of alcohol addiction doesn’t respect boundaries of race, sex, income, or education. It doesn’t care how good your job is, how nice a house you live in, or how prominent you are socially. In other words, your success doesn’t matter to your …

Exciting News about Vivitrol

According to a brand-new study published  in The Lancet, a once-a-a-month injection of Vivitrol is equally effective at preventing opioid relapse as oral Suboxone, a medication containing the opioid buprenorphine and the anti-abuse additive naloxone. This is the first American study to compare these two medications, although a smaller Norwegian study was published in October 2017 in the Journal of …

Anxiety and Addiction – the Close Connection

“… Research suggests that socially anxious people may be less likely to participate in group therapy or seek a sponsor. Also, higher levels of anxiety at the end of (treatment) have been shown to lead to a higher rate of relapse…” ~Dr. Julia Buckner, Louisiana State University Having anxiety is normal. Everyone occasionally struggles with some level of social anxiety …

Staying Sober During the Holiday Season

“I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer.” ~Holly Jolly Christmas, one of the Top-25 most-performed Christmas songs Recovery can be a lot harder during the holiday season. During the rest of the year, people in recovery for alcoholism or drug addiction can set personal boundaries by paying attention to where they go and who …

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7 Healthy Habits That Will Bring You Joy in Recovery

“In recovery, recovering addicts do more than lose their addictions. Usually, they regain enjoyment of life… Most individuals want to be happy. Addicts learn that they may be happy – even joyful – by appreciating their lives in recovery. Instead of killing themselves with their addictive substances, they live in freedom.” ~Dr. Francis A. Martin, PhD, Full Life: A Workbook …