black-and-white thinking
April 11, 2024

Reframing Thoughts

Healthy mental habits are crucial in addiction recovery. Viewing the world, yourself and your experiences in extremes of “always good” or “always bad” can derail your progress and exacerbate your challenges. Understanding the implications of this cognitive pattern and learning to reframe your thoughts can significantly improve your resilience...

severe withdrawal
March 14, 2024

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Long-term, heavy drinking causes your body to become accustomed to the presence of alcohol. Abruptly quitting or significantly reducing your consumption can trigger a range of withdrawal symptoms that can vary widely in their intensity and duration, from well-known severe complications like delirium tremens to lesser-known but equally distressing...

grieving person
May 12, 2022

Prolonged Grief Disorder

With the continuing state of crisis in the world at large, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is taking steps to recognize those who have experienced long-term emotional responses to loss. The COVID-19 pandemic, war, natural disasters, and gun violence have all contributed to the overwhelming feeling of despair. To...

Why Do People Take Ecstasy
February 21, 2022

Why Do People Take Ecstasy?

What is Ecstasy? Ecstasy, also known as MDMA or molly, is a mind-altering drug that affects a person’s perception of reality. It has a similar structure to stimulants and hallucinogens, so taking the drug can change a person’s level of energy and often distorts a person’s sense of time and...

chronic pain
October 20, 2021

Chronic Pain as an Excuse Not to Live

Your chronic pain may affect just about every aspect of your life. It’s probably hard to get through the day without thinking about it and you are undoubtedly becoming very frustrated. You may even be ready to give up. However, there are a lot of positive options available instead...

young adult rehab programs
September 17, 2021

About Teen Drug Use: Young Adult Rehab Programs and Other Considerations

About one-fifth of teens will use prescription medicines inappropriately by their senior year in high school, about half will use marijuana, and about two-thirds will try alcohol. Ten percent of alcoholic drinks in the U.S. are consumed by underage drinkers—some as young as 12. How do you know when...

heroin overdose signs and symptoms
May 14, 2021

Heroin Overdose Signs and Symptoms

Knowing the heroin overdose signs and symptoms could mean the difference in that person’s health and well-being. You could even save their life if you recognize the symptoms and act quickly. What is Heroin? An opioid drug made from morphine, heroin is a natural substance taken from the seed pod of...