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Why There’s Nothing “Casual” About Drug Use

Even so-called casual drug use can have long-term and damaging effects on your health, brain, independence, freedom, future, and life. Whether it is having an occasional episode of binge drinking or popping more prescription painkillers than prescribed, there are numerous ways one can go from “casual” drug use to addiction. Many casual drug users believe…

Substance Abuse and Drug Addiction
You Don’t Have to Hit “Rock Bottom” Before Seeking Drug and Alcohol Rehab

There is a common misconception that addicts must first hit “rock bottom” before they can get help through an outpatient or inpatient drug addiction treatment program. Unfortunately, this misconception is not only believed by many addicts but also their family and friends. The concept of hitting “rock bottom” came about because of the belief that…

Turning to Prostitution for Active Drug Users
The Danger of Turning to Prostitution for Active Drug Users

Many studies have found a connection between prostitution and drug abuse. In the world of sex work, prostitutes may use drugs to cope with their lifestyle or be provided with a supply by pimps as a form of control. The connection is seen especially in those working on the street or via cell phones and…

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The Real Danger of Adolescent Suboxone and Heroin Use

Heroin and opioid use, in general, has reached crisis levels nationally, and New Jersey is no exception. Suboxone, also an opioid, has been used to treat heroin and prescription opioid abuse since 2002. It had been considered difficult to abuse, as just 40% of the brain’s opioid receptors are activated.1 However, Suboxone addiction treatment has…

Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Outpatient vs. Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

The standard approach to substance abuse treatment involves detoxification and management of the withdrawal process in a medical setting. An overall treatment program goes beyond these stages to address the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction. There are two basic forms of treatment—inpatient and intensive outpatient therapy. What Is Inpatient Treatment? Often referred to as…

Is an IOP Right For Me?
Protecting the Positives: Is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Right for Me?

Addiction has a broad impact on career, family, and living situations. Sometimes fear of losing the good things stops us from seeking the help we need on the road to sobriety. With intensive outpatient treatment options available, there is no need to wait and allow the addiction to slowly dissolve what is still strong in…

Vivitrol Treatment
What Is Vivitrol?/Vivitrol 101

For the past few years, opioid usage has spread like a wildfire, causes thousands of deaths across the U.S. Deaths attributed to opioid use have continued to increase. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose each day. This is five times higher than the numbers…

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The Slippery Slope from Binge Drinking to Alcohol Dependency

We live in a world where college students routinely participate in underage drinking. The same stands for teenagers who drink as a rite of passage to fit in with the “in-crowd.” While some young people are able to drink once and realize it’s not safe or legal, others fall into the trap of alcohol. At…

Help a Relapsed Addict
How to Help a Relapsed Addict Without Enablement

If someone close to you is an addict, you know that the road to recovery can have some bumps in it. One of these bumps is relapse. When this happens, you might want to provide help every way you can, but is that really the best way get your loved one through this? Addiction treatment…

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Is Intervention Successful if Your Loved One Doesn’t Want Treatment?

If interventions were that easy, then people with addictions would be willing to sit through them or even ask to have their friends and family stage one. However, in real life, interventions do not always go as planned, and there could be unexpected outcomes. Rather, someone with an addiction may not want addiction treatment because…