Love and the Bottle: Can Your Relationship Survive Alcoholism?

Maybe you and your partner drank together at one time – and maybe you drink a little more than you should sometimes on your own. Or maybe you’ve gotten clean and sober, but your partner is still drinking heavily. However your relationship began or how your partner’s drinking may have started , today it’s clear: your partner is an alcoholic … Read More

Character Flaw, Disease, or Habit: The Addiction Debate

There is no known cause of addiction.   Though researchers have tried for centuries to pinpoint a reason why some people can recreationally use drugs and alcohol and never have a problem, and others will develop a life-altering addiction, they have only been successful in identifying potential links and risk factors that may contribute to the development of an addiction … Read More

Men and Alcohol: 3 Health Hazards Caused by Binge Drinking

A couple of drinks before dinner, a glass of wine with the main course, a cocktail or two with dessert or some shots at the bar. A six-pack during the game or at a cookout. A few hours at the bar drinking with coworkers. A Friday or Saturday night at a party or a club complete with a few shots, … Read More

Why Do Addicts Lie?

Addicts lie. It’s practically part of the disorder. They lie to themselves: “I don’t have a problem with heroin. It’s under control.” They lie to other people: “I’m not high.” Some addicts may even really believe what they’re saying when they say it – or at least feel that since there is no black-and-white proof to the contrary that they … Read More

Heroin Detox FAQ: What You Need to Know

Whether you smoke heroin, snort it, or inject it – or use it alone or in combination with other substances – the fact is that if you don’t get treatment and learn how to stop using the drug safely and avoid relapse, it’s a deadly habit that will eventually take your freedom and/or end your life. The only way to … Read More

10 Ways to Move On After Relapse

Drug addiction is a chronic disease, and like other chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes) relapse is often a part of long-term recovery.   In some cases, it is just a bump in the road – a single event that stands alone and doesn’t have a huge impact on the patient. In other cases, however, one relapse can lead to another and … Read More

Naloxone FAQ

For friends and family who want access to naloxone, the drug that can bring their loved one back from potential overdose, there are often a number of questions that arise as they consider seeking out the drug. Here are just a few of those questions and their answers. What Is Naloxone? Naloxone is a drug that is given to patients … Read More

Bupe Implants vs. Suboxone: Which One Is a Better Choice for Opiate Detox?

Probuphine: an implantable version of buprenorphine that provides ongoing detox assistance for up to six months. It’s a medication that offers a number of benefits, including: Impossible to abuse Can’t skip a dose Impossible to sell on the black market Protects children who might find the medication and overdose Sounds like a great option for people hoping to overcome opiate … Read More

Should You Use Meds to Detox Off Alcohol?

Did you know that there are a number of medications – not just one or two options – that have been proven to be effective in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal symptoms in clinical trials? If so, you’re in the minority. Very few people know the depth and breadth of their options when it comes to alcohol detox, and those … Read More

The Addiction Stigma 

Over the past decade, more and more research has demonstrated that addiction is a medical disorder. Demonstrable changes in the brain and the ability to control compulsive behaviors has been shown time and again when different drugs are abused regularly. In some cases, even occasional use of addictive drugs has been shown to cause significant brain changes. Yet, despite these … Read More