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Even though you have come to realize that living the life of an addict is hard, you may feel that breaking free from your addiction will be even harder. If you feel that way, the good news is that there are steps you can take to help you get over the initial hurdles of breaking…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery

You might not think that Demi Lovato is much of an authority on the issue of addiction recovery. However, she candidly admits that she has “been there, done that,” and she has said and done many things to encourage others to keep their eyes on the goal of the journey, not the bumps and turns…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Physiological

More than two million Americans had substance abuse disorders involving prescription painkillers and an additional 591,000 had substance use disorders involving heroin in 2015, according to the most recent data shared by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In order to support these addictions, many end up turning to desperate measures. One increasingly common…

Between 7 and 8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD over the course of their lifetimes, according to the National Center for PTSD. While coping with the condition is hard enough on its own, a growing body of research indicates that people who suffer from PTSD are more likely to become addicted to drugs and…

Dubbed “the caviar of street drugs,” cocaine, also known as coke, is an expensive way to get high. It’s also a high-abuse and high-dependency risk that often leaves behind a trail of destruction in its wake. Wondering why cocaine is so addictive and why its effects are so significant? Here’s a closer look at this lethal…

Crystal Karges is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. We recently asked Crystal for her insight on eating disorder recovery and the relationships between disordered eating, mental health, and substance abuse. Here’s what she shared: Can you tell us about the…

There are many differences between men and women, but how does gender affect addiction? You may remember the book that gained popularity in the early 1990s entitled Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Though the book was about communication styles and relationship issues between men and women, it did open a sometimes humorous…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Brain

There is good news in the fight against teen drug addiction. The 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) annual survey indicates that past-year use of any illicit drug was the lowest in the survey’s history for eighth graders, while past year use of illicit drugs other than marijuana is down from recent peaks in 10th and 12th…

There is a large emotional component to addiction that cannot be ignored if you intend to truly recover from addiction for good. The reality is that addiction is not just physical in nature; as such, success in addiction recovery is not just about detox. Detox is designed to break the cycle of physical dependency on…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Brain, Physiological

Finally, addiction in America is addressed by the Surgeon General! Wait; let’s take a step back for a minute. In 1964, the Surgeon General’s landmark report, “Smoking and Health,” shed light on the devastating effects of tobacco use. Now, more than 50 years later, there are still approximately 438,000 American deaths each year attributed to…