Opioid Addiction Epidemic: Most Users Are Not Getting Help, But Long-Term Recovery Is Their Best Hope

Fewer people are using painkillers these days for nonmedical reasons, and that’s good news.1 But many of those who have already gone down that road have developed serious dependency problems. Some are now abusing heroin and even dying from overdose, new studies show.1 The chronic nature of opioid relapse, and a reluctance of many addicts […]

How Drinking Costs the U.S. Economy

In addition to the human toll it takes, excessive alcohol consumption is helping to drain our country’s coffers and we’re all paying the price. It would seem like full bars at happy hour would be a boon for the economy. Even at a discount, drinks are pricey, and we’ve been told frequently that if consumers […]

Taking the Fear Out of Rehab

Rehab is something you absolutely don’t need to be afraid of. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not filled with bleak hallways and cell-style rooms where people sit in circles, shamefully revealing their stories and repenting the various misdemeanors that come with a life of addiction. In fact, many people report having very positive […]

Anxiety, Genetics and Addiction

Anxiety is one of those disorders that often finds sufferers looked down on or misunderstood. After all, can’t they just “get over it”? Well-meaning loved ones try to reason it away and frustrated friends try to talk you out of feeling the way you do. As with many other mental health issues, it’s not very […]

Addiction as Disease

“Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives,” according to The National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA). But despite the great strides we’ve made in understanding addiction […]