Patient Resources

FAQs About Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabs

Taking the first steps and admitting one has an addiction is an essential part of rehabilitation. At this early stage, the individual might not yet be ready to enter a substance abuse treatment program. Read More

The Many Faces of Addiction
What Makes Something Addictive and Why?

Drugs, including alcohol and nicotine, have a bio-chemical effect on how the brain functions.  Endorphins and other pleasure-inducing substances are released in the brain not only from drug use but also from other addictive activities. Read More…

What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality is a term thrown around quite a bit these days. We use it describe facets of health, well-being, yoga, eating, morals—but what, exactly, is spirituality? Read More…

Tips for Parenting Children While in Outpatient Drug Rehab

As a parent who is also an addict, you may be wondering about the benefits of finding a top-quality intensive outpatient program near you. These programs, also known as IOPs, allow you to live at home and attend school or work as you receive treatment for your addiction. Read More

How AA Helps You Stay Sober

Despite the addiction obstacles, there is a famously successful support program that continues to be lauded for its ability to help alcoholics rise above their addiction: Alcoholics Anonymous. Read More

The Effects of Drugs on the Human Brain
How Is an IOP Different from Inpatient Treatment?

One of the first decisions someone who is ready to deal with their addiction needs to make is what type of recovery program will be the right fit. Inpatient and outpatient options, including intensive outpatient programs, are designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of individuals who are in need of addiction treatment. Read More…

What Happens When Cocaine Is Mixed with Alcohol or Other Drugs

Despite the fact that cocaine is a powerful drug on its own, mixing coke and other drugs or alcohol is a common practice among users. However, the effects of combining cocaine with other substances are both dangerous and unpredictable, having potential long-term negative health effects for the user. Read More…

A Look at Stimulants vs. Depressants

Stimulants and depressants are two main classes of drugs which affect how a person behaves, feels, and thinks. Although they both affect the central nervous system, these drug classes are really at opposite ends of the spectrum. Read More

Addiction Prevention

Because use of drugs or alcohol in one’s youth increases the risk of becoming addicted, educating young people about the effects of drug and alcohol Addiction Preventionabuse during their extremely formative teen years is still one of the most effective. Read More

Mental Illness and Its Relationship with Substance Abuse

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), “There is a definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances.”1 The research and study conducted by NBER focused on alcohol, cocaine. Read More

10 Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal: Dealing with the Dragon

Information is empowering when it comes to conquering addiction. If you are or a loved one is considering heroin addiction treatment, anxiety about going through outpatient detox might be a reason for not seeking treatment. Understanding the healthy and necessary process of detox will help. Read More

How Cocaine Addiction Leads to Other Substance Abuses

Cocaine isn’t often listed as one of the top “gateway drugs.” In fact, it’s usually the fourth or fifth substance someone uses after trying lighter drugs first.1 Unfortunately, cocaine is often considered a party drug. Read More

The Perfect Storm: What Makes Drugs Addictive?

As we gain an understanding of the disease of drug addiction, it becomes apparent that a combination of factors is at work. Not only are there chemical reactions and changes within the brain that occur with addiction. Read More…

The Family’s Role in an Addict’s Recovery

Without a family providing shelter, food, and money, most people wouldn’t have the personal resources at hand to sustain an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Read More

How a Real Life Intervention Differs from Reality TV’s Portrayal

Viewing an intervention on a reality TV show is not the same as it is in real life. With all the reality TV shows about addiction and interventions, the perception of what a real intervention entails is often distorted. Read More

Once an Addict, Always an Addict?

When Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson’s famous “Big Book” was first published in 1939, there was little understanding about the science of addiction. Read More

What to Pack When Going to an Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 2.5 million people receive addiction treatment every year. Read More

How to Know When You Need Help

Addiction may seem like an easy thing to spot, but the truth is that you can develop an addiction without even knowing how or when it happened. Knowing the difference between mild use. Read More

Finding a Rehab Program That Works for You

One of the most meaningful steps you can take toward breaking free of addiction is finding the substance abuse treatment program that is the best fit for you. Deciding between inpatient facilities. Read More

Why Do People Risk Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is a rather taboo subject in the United States, despite its prevalence. Most of us probably remember the D.A.R.E program from the 1990s. Read More…