emotional abuse and addiction

Emotional Abuse and Addiction

People who are chemically dependent on substances that impair their cognition are especially vulnerable to being emotionally abused. Emotional abuse can lead to mental health problems, family strife, and eroded self-esteem. When a person does not feel safe, loved, and cared for, it creates a sphere of pain and escapism around them. Substance use is…

alcohol-induced dementia

What Is Alcohol-Induced Dementia?

Alcohol misuse can lead to many long-term health problems down the road and ultimately require alcohol addiction treatment. One of these health problems is alcohol-induced dementia, a form of brain damage. Alcohol affects different parts of the brain and can cause damage when consumed in excess. Chronic alcohol use is linked to lower cognitive performance.…

opiate withdrawal symptoms

Recognizing Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Opiates are highly addictive drugs often prescribed to people in the United States who are struggling with pain. Opiates are known for their strong pain-relieving effects and potential for misuse. Prescription opiate abuse can lead to a long road of addiction and mental health concerns. Before further treatment, many individuals must go to an opiate…

signs of ptsd in women

Common Signs of PTSD in Women

Struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder can cause people to have complex emotional responses when faced with events that remind them of their unhealed trauma. Using high doses of psychoactive drugs may allow people to experience brief periods of relief; however, their numbing effects also prevent growth and healing. If you are looking for compassionate, caring…

what is meth mouth

What Is Meth Mouth?

Methamphetamine is a synthetic central nervous system stimulant that causes jitteriness, bursts of euphoria, delusions, paranoia, and aggression. Meth users often experience a condition known as “meth mouth” that involves rotting teeth, abscesses, and tooth loss. Meth mouth involves a gradual decline of dental health due to methamphetamine use. This and other consequences of addiction…

sober goals

Sober Goals for the New Year

As the New Year draws closer, most people are finalizing their New Year’s resolutions. When you are on your journey to recovery, it can be isolating and difficult to figure out fun, sober resolutions to stick to. Many find a support group program where they can nurture their sober goals and share their achievements. If you…

sober holiday

Enjoying a Sober Holiday

The holidays can be a challenging time to stay healthy, especially for those in recovery from addiction. Holiday traditions, annual gatherings, and even childhood memories can tug at your emotions, so you must remember how far you’ve already come. During this time of year, consider seeking counseling from an alcohol addiction treatment center. Protecting your sobriety…

women and drug abuse

Women and Drug Abuse

The issues women face with substance abuse are unique. Biological and cultural differences between men and women influence those issues. A women’s rehab center that understands these differences plays a vital role in the success of any gender-specific treatment plan. Women’s drug abuse tends to advance from first use to addiction more quickly than with…

benefits of dbt

Benefits of DBT

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) effectively teaches people to identify emotions, pause and reflect on them, and avoid reacting impulsively. There are numerous benefits of dialectical behavioral therapy, which is why many addiction counseling programs use it in various treatment plans. DBT can help people who have intense emotions effectively manage their reactions to circumstances in…

effects of crystal meth

Common Effects of Crystal Meth

The long-term and short-term effects of crystal meth are devastating. Meth abuse destroys the lives of not only the user but also their family and friends. Although methamphetamine use has severe consequences, meth addiction treatment is a powerful strategy that can save lives. From abnormal heart rhythms and strokes to decayed teeth, dizziness, and impaired…