Written By Harris House

Category: Abuse

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LGBT community members are particularly vulnerable to substance abuse and addiction. In fact, while the rate of drug and alcohol abuse for the general population is nine percent, it skyrockets to as high as 30 percent in the LGBT population. Given this data, it’s clear that this is a serious problem meriting significant attention. The…

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Adults who identify as a “sexual minority” are more than twice as likely as their heterosexual peers to use illicit drugs over the course of a year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Even worse? Substance abuse doesn’t exist in a vacuum. LGBTQ addicts are more likely to suffer from co-occurring disorders, as…

Written By Harris House

Category: Abuse

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Codependency can be a direct impediment to recovery from substance abuse problems. In order to stop these behaviors, we must first understand them. Here’s a closer look at codependency, along with why family therapy is a vital part of substance abuse treatment.   What is Codependency? “Codependency is characterized by a person belonging to a…

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Category: Blog, Psychological, Recovery

Recovering from addiction is an intensive process for which there is no easy solution; however, certain things do facilitate recovery, including medication, behavioral counseling, treatment for co-occurring mental health issues, and long-term follow-ups aimed at relapse prevention. While strong support networks have also been associated with recovery, a growing body of evidence points to the…

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Category: Addiction, Blog, Physiological, Recovery

As the opioid epidemic continues to rage in the United States, more and more people are falling victim to these highly addictive and life-threatening drugs. Methadone management treatment (MMT) is proving to be a powerful weapon in the fight against opioid addiction. But is methadone safe for pregnant women? Here’s a closer look at MMT,…

“Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication,” says the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, like many diseases, it is also one for which there is no cure. This does not mean,…

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Category: Addiction, Recovery

Think “being sober” is the same as “being in recovery?” Think again. While the two terms may seem interchangeable, there is a very important distinction when it comes to addiction. Here’s a closer look at the issue, along with why acknowledging the difference between sobriety and recovery can be essential to overcoming addiction and regaining…

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Category: Abuse, Addiction, Recovery

There are many different options when it comes to drug rehabilitation. If you’ve made the decision to pursue drug rehab for yourself or someone you love, choosing the best rehab can optimize the chances of success. Read on for an overview of contemporary drug rehab programs, along with a roundup of several different types of…

Written By Harris House

Category: Addiction, Recovery

Think the results of the most recent “Monitoring the Future” national survey on drug abuse demonstrating a general decline across the broad spectrum of drugs are cause for celebration? Think again. While drug use among teens may be on the decline, more than a million young people between the ages of 12 and 17 still…

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 17 million adults ages 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Unfortunately, in the age of mega, giga, terra, and national debt at or near $20 trillion, a million just does not sound quite as big as it used to. Nor does…