Alcoholism

A girl wondering what the most abused prescription drugs are

What Are the Most Abused Prescription Drugs in America?

When you think about addictive drugs, you are likely to picture illegal chemicals that people purchase in sketchy alleys. However, the reality is that some of the most common causes of drug abuse can be harmless looking pills that your doctor prescribes to you. Prescription drugs might be legal, but they can still be quite…

What is Step 11 of the 12 Steps Program

Step 11 of the 12 Steps: We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry it out. As you begin Step 11 of the 12 Steps, you may recall that our post on Step Two…

woman wonders what is fentanyl as she ponders her addiction

What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is gaining notoriety along with the spread of the opioid epidemic. Many people wonder what is fentanyl when they hear of people abusing the drug. In a nutshell, fentanyl is a powerful opiate. It is a regulated drug that doctors can prescribe to patients. Because of its potency, people can become easily addicted to…

trauma and gambling addiction

Trauma and Gambling Addiction

This presentation is on trauma and problematic gambling presented by Joanne Ketch, LPC, LMFAO, DC and SAP. Joanne Ketch is an LPC, LMS, LCD and a SAP, or Rdsap. Jane is a multi credentialed clinician serving professionals, medical staff, first responders and military, and Katy, Texas. This is an encore career for Joanne, and since…

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Core Values to Guide Addiction Recovery

Chronic pain impacts every part of your life. Chronic pain can cause depression and anxiety. It can limit your mobility and ability to function. Managing chronic pain can lead to a dependency on prescription pain medication. If you or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse, recovery is possible. You can live a life…

Holistic Drug Rehab Centers in Houston

The city of Houston is home to dozens of drug rehab centers. Because of that, you might struggle to separate one from the other. Knowing the difference between traditional and holistic services is an excellent place to start. Then, you can decide if one of the holistic drug rehab centers in Houston is right for…

Oxycontin side effects recovery in Texas

What are the Side Effects of Oxycontin Use?

Oxycontin, a powerful prescription opiate that is stronger than morphine, is highly addictive. The drug has become a well-known gateway to heroin and the face of the opiate crisis. Oxycontin side effects are extensive, with the most serious of which is its addictive qualities. The drug has led to changes in policies that restrict the…

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Are Support Groups Really Important for Addiction Recovery?

Addiction is an isolating disease. It causes people to withdraw from others. In contrast, recovery is a group effort. Support groups are an integral part of an effective aftercare program. During addiction treatment, it can be helpful to hear about the stories of others. Knowing you are not alone can make going through recovery a…

What is Narcan?

The US is currently mired in an epidemic of opiate abuse. As a result of this issue, we are seeing troubled individuals having to face their own mortality as they put their very lives at risk. As a nation, we have to come to grips with the gravity of this issue before the casualties reach…

a man with his head down holds a drink and wonders when does binge drinking become a problem

I Can’t Stop Binge Drinking

How close to alcoholism is someone who has an occasional problem with excessive drinking? It’s a relevant question because of the possible implications of the answer. If someone has a habit of binge drinking, they or someone around them need to think about the ramifications of such actions. In far too many cases, the drinker…

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Understanding Addiction Related Clinical Acronyms

When you’re first considering professional treatment for substance abuse (or any other mental/behavioral health issue), reviewing the various clinical acronyms can be overwhelming. What the heck is an LCSW? What’s the difference between a CAC and a CAS? And what exactly can you expect from someone calling herself an SAP? No doubt, already struggling with…

What is Step 8 of the 12 Steps Program?

Step Eight of the 12 Steps: We made a list of all persons we had wronged, and became willing to make amends to them all. Step Eight of the 12 Steps is the first major move toward returning to the “real world” with changed behavior to match your changed attitude. In a way, this step is counterintuitive. If the…