Zac Efron’s Secret Cocaine Addiction

Those of us on the outside of celebrity culture often shake our collective head when a person who seemingly has it all — meaning fame and fortune — is willing to throw it away by abusing drugs or alcohol. What seems obvious to us, however, isn’t always so obvious to the addict — and is…

Physical vs Mental Addictions: What’s the Difference?

All addictions are not created equally. Some addictions affect a person mentally, some cause physical symptoms, and sometimes addictions can become both physical and psychological. It is important to understand if an addiction is physical, mental, or both in order to identify the best course of treatment. Physical Addiction Physical addiction is most commonly caused…

The Effects of Adderall, Wall Street’s New Go-To Drug

Prescription stimulants such as Adderall are used mainly to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In people with ADHD, stimulants help the brain use dopamine and norepinephrine more effectively. Adderall is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. In neurotypical people—meaning those who don’t have ADHD—the drug has stimulant-like effects such as increased alertness and energy.…

The Rise of Women Addicted to Painkillers

Did you know that many prescription painkillers are pharmacologically almost identical to the world’s most dangerous illicit drug, heroin? If not, you’re not alone. Although past statistics indicate men are far more likely to become addicted to prescription drugs, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study reports the number of women who died…

Does Your Rehab Facility’s Location Matter?

When it comes to getting sober or beating an addictive behavior, is selecting a drug or alcohol treatment facility solely based on its location wise? Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right rehabilitation center for you. Putting the Focus on You If you are considering entering a rehabilitation program, congratulations on placing…

A “SMART” Alternative to 12-Step Programs

Why Would Anybody Want an Alternative to a 12-Step Program? Twelve-step programs have helped millions of people struggling with addiction. But the road to recovery is complex, and different people have different needs. What works for many people might not work for others. That’s why many addiction treatment centers now offer alternatives to 12-step programs.…

The Good News

If you suspect that you or someone you love is suffering from alcoholism, you’re not alone. Estimates suggest that 15 million Americans suffer every day from an addiction to alcohol.  Thousands die every year from alcohol-related liver disease, incidents, and auto accidents. Although alcoholism cannot be cured, the good news is that it can be…

Music Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction

Many people who are recovering from an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs find themselves suffering from anxiety or depression, especially while receiving treatment in rehab. Although certain anti-anxiety medications are remarkably effective at reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression, they are also, unfortunately, habit-forming. How, then, to treat clients who are suffering from anxiety…