Substance Abuse

6 PERSONALITY TRAITS COMMONLY LINKED TO ADDICTION

The term “addictive personality” is often used flippantly, and it implies that a person may be predisposed to substance use disorder based on their personality type. But it’s not that simple. There isn’t one single personality type that automatically indicates a potential for addiction. There […]

THE DANGEROUS RISE OF STUDY DRUGS

Society as a whole views perfectionism as an admirable trait, and students who set high standards for themselves, work hard and succeed are rewarded for it. It wasn’t too long ago that stressed out college students called on caffeine, nicotine and sugar to pull all-nighters […]

HOW TO WELCOME BACK A CO-WORKER WHO IS IN RECOVERY

Substance use in the workplace is nothing new. According to a 2013 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association study, of the 22.4 million illicit drug users ages 18 and older, nearly 70% were employed either full- or part-time.

Welcoming back a co-worker who has taken a leave […]

IS INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT THE NEXT TOOL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC?

Civil commitment, or involuntary commitment, allows health professionals, members of law enforcement and relatives to petition a court for the treatment of a person who has mental illness and is seen as a danger to themselves or others. 37 states and Washington, D.C. have civil […]

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION

If you have a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, you likely know how difficult it can be to confront them about it. Perhaps you’ve tried having a conversation in the past that was met with avoidance, anger, guilt or other […]

3 ADVANCES IN ADDICTION RECOVERY TECHNOLOGY

THE ROLE OF CBT IN ADDICTION RECOVERY

CBT is one of the most popular therapeutic modalities for those in recovery for addiction. Regarding substance use disorder, it’s useful as a monotherapy and as a component of combination treatment strategies. In addition to addressing the mental health disorders that often co-occur […]

WHAT TO EXPECT IN DETOX

By the time an addicted person decides to seek treatment, the addictive substance has already taken hold of the body, and that requires medical expertise to undo. They may already be experiencing withdrawal symptoms and are physically ill as a result.

Before recovery can truly begin, […]

How to Stage an Intervention

When someone you love is grappling with drug or alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to determine the best way to help. Although your loved one’s addiction may be very apparent to you, they may struggle to see it.

Perhaps you’ve tried to initiate conversations in […]

The Importance of Family Involvement in Addiction Recovery

Family dynamics are complex enough, but adding addiction to mix makes it much more complicated. We’ve all heard the expression “the first step is admitting that you have a problem.” But this is as important for family members as it is for the addict.

When one […]

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