Protecting Our Veterans From Substance Abuse

As thousands of American military members return from active duty overseas, an alarming number of veterans are demonstrating symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, to cope with the challenges these conditions present, many personnel are turning to the false comfort provided by alcohol and drugs. How can we protect the…

What is Holistic Therapy?

If you are spending time researching different kinds of substance abuse therapy, then chances are you have come across the term “holistic.” At The Ranch PA, we believe holistic therapy offers the most comprehensive, successful approach to sobriety because it addresses all aspects of substance abuse — not simply the early physical withdrawal. Is holistic…

The Negative Effects of Smoking Marijuana

As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, less attention is being paid to the harmful effects of this dangerous drug in homes across the nation. The latest evidence, authored by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirms what professionals in the substance abuse…

Juice Cleanses Don’t Help the Liver

So, you went out last night, you’re feeling a little tender, and you’re hoping a juice cleanse will heal or protect your liver? Try again — there is no evidence that doing a juice cleanse will heal or flush your damaged liver from the toxins of alcohol abuse. The good news is that you can…

Drugs and Crime Go Hand in Hand

Using, selling, and manufacturing drugs are illegal on their own. Did you know, however, that people who use drugs are far more likely to commit other types of crimes as well? The relationship between crime and drug use is well established — from damaging property to domestic violence and murder, people who use and abuse…

The Deadliest Intoxication

Painkillers and alcohol are everywhere. They’re also the fastest rising cause of emergency room visits in the United States, with the number of people seeking treatment for combined overdose rising 300 percent between 1999 and 2010. Prescription drugs, such as painkillers and benzodiazepines, mixed with alcohol are the newest and deadliest mix. What to Know…

The Relationship Between Drug Use and HIV

Most people understand the risks associated with addiction to mental health. Although drug abuse also damages physical health, one overlooked consequence of addiction is sexually transmitted disease. People who abuse drugs and alcohol are far more likely to suffer from STDs such as HIV and more — and not only those who share needles during…