lgbtq support groups

Do Rehabs Have LGBTQ Support Groups?

Whether or not you identify as a member of the LGBTQ community, the process of overcoming addiction remains mostly the same. Getting sober still requires detox and then rehab. However, it can be incredibly helpful to have peer support along the way. That’s why many rehab programs like Beaches Recovery offer LGBTQ support groups.What are…

ativan and alcohol

Problems Taking Ativan and Alcohol Together

Ativan is the brand name for lorazepam, which is a benzodiazepine. A doctor might prescribe it if you struggle with anxiety. Mixing Ativan and alcohol is exceedingly dangerous. Here’s what could happen.Who Mixes Ativan and Alcohol?Sometimes, it’s an accident. You forgot that you had a drink. Maybe you didn’t read the instructions. At other times,…

acute stress disorder vs ptsd

Comparison of Acute Stress Disorder vs PTSD

Acute stress disorder (ASD) is common in trauma survivors. The same is true for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In discussions about acute stress disorder vs PTSD, there’s frequently a mention of chemical dependence. Why does this happen, and what can you do about it?Processing Emotions and Memories Overwhelms YouTrauma may involve surviving an assault or…

Narcan side effects are better than overdose

Are There Narcan Side Effects?

If you or someone you know has overdosed on opioids, you might know that Narcan can be a life-saving drug. Narcan, or naloxone, can quickly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. However, results are temporary and medical attention is necessary relatively quickly to prevent the overdose from continuing. You also have to deal with…

narcotics anonymous

What is Narcotics Anonymous?

As part of addiction treatment, some addiction treatment centers make an effort to introduce patients to the 12 Steps of Recovery. The 12 Steps of Recovery serve as the core concepts for most of the 12 Step programs former addicts use to help with recovery. For people with an addiction to drugs, the applicable 12…

heroin street names

What Are Heroin Street Names I Should Know?

The illicit drug culture is a world unto itself. The residents of that world live in turmoil, constantly dealing with pain, sadness, and desperation. As part of the culture, people have their own rules and language. For decades now, heroin has been a favorite drug among the people we consider to be hard-core drugs users.…

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Beating Drug Addiction for the Last Time

Wouldn’t it be great if you could enter rehab with the knowledge that you’d be beating drug addiction forever? Of course, there’s no such promise. That said, there are some ways that you can fortify yourself against relapse. Interestingly, they have to do with treatment delivery.Modalities at Good-Quality Facilities Help You Understand the Reasons for…

Zoloft and alcohol

It’s Not a Good Idea to Mix Zoloft and Alcohol

One of the actual dangers of suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction is the lack of concern of mixing substances. In this day and age, more people die from fatal overdoses involving prescription medications than people who die from heroin and cocaine overdoses combined. A widespread issue is that people mix Zoloft and alcohol, and…

stages of drug addiction

The Stages of Drug Addiction

A substance use disorder isn’t something you planned on developing. However, you can’t say that you didn’t see it coming either. There are stages of drug addiction. In retrospect, they’re quite clear.Trying Something NewMany don’t realize that the stages of drug addiction start with something as innocent as trying something new. A friend hands you…

hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms

Overcoming Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Hydrocodone is one of the most well-known opioids due to its widespread abuse. Addiction very quickly takes over people abusing this potent prescription painkiller. With abuse or even simple overuse of prescribed pills, your addiction develops in as little as two weeks. This addiction starts with the drug’s high but ends with you needing help…