a person looking at their medicing wondering if they show painkiller addiction signs

Painkiller Addiction Signs May Not Be Obvious

There were over 250 million prescriptions were written for prescription painkillers in 2012. The current opioid epidemic claims the lives of countless Americans every year. Painkiller addictions are affecting every corner of the country. It is important to know how to recognize the signs of addiction to protect yourself and loved ones from potential drug…

a woman struggling to get out of bed while dealing with dual diagnosis

Coping with a Dual Diagnosis: Tips from the Experts

You, or a family member, may be among the millions of people with “dual diagnosis”—simultaneous substance-abuse problems and mental illness. People with post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, or other mental health disorders are particularly vulnerable to falling into addiction via the attempted-self-medication route. What do treatment professionals and mental-health experts say that can…

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When Prescriptions Become a Problem: Prescription Medication Abuse

Although prescription medication abuse is now a topic of common knowledge, many people still assume that if doctors are allowed to recommend something, going a little farther with it can’t be so bad. The truth is, especially with opiate medications such as Percocet or OxyContin, anyone who steps outside carefully regulated therapeutic boundaries is playing…

woman holding head distressed at the beginning of the benzo withdrawal timeline

What Benzo Withdrawal Timeline Can You Expect?

The benzo withdrawal symptoms timeline can take a year to run its course. Benzo detox and rehab programs are essential to recovery. Drug cravings are just some of the many psychological symptoms you can experience during withdrawal. Psychological symptoms make it difficult to stay sober when you haven’t received cognitive behavioral therapy. Drug addiction treatment…