Cocaine abuse is a significant issue in America and because of its potency, persistent use can lead to dependence, addiction, and even death. Because cocaine is a chemical substance that alters the function of the brain’s neurotransmitters, people react to taking the drug in very different ways. For this reason, someone can suffer serious and… Read More »

When a loved one is struggling with substance abuse and it becomes clear to those close to them that they need help, an intervention can be an extremely powerful tool. In many cases, people with substance use disorder enter into an alcohol treatment center after an intervention that has led to them accepting they have an… Read More »

For many years, the 12 step approach to addiction recovery has been hailed as the standard, primarily because it is one of the oldest support structures in existence. These days there are tens of thousands of NA and AA groups scattered around the world. The Purpose of 12 Step Recovery Programs The 12 steps were… Read More »

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There are many benefits of outpatient addiction treatment for people seeking to combat substance abuse. Not everyone requires a residential program. Some may have a caregiving role at home that prevents them from committing themselves to a residential treatment program requiring weeks and sometimes months of attendance. Conversely, people who have completed a residential program… Read More »

Alcoholism is an illness that develops after prolonged use of alcohol that is commonly referred to as alcohol use disorder. Alcohol abuse differs from drug-taking in that the substance in itself is not illicit or illegal. When a person has reached the point where they want to quit drinking, they need to seek specialist alcohol… Read More »