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…

Can One Gene Cause Alcoholism?

Since the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous in the early 20th century, each decade has seen a growing body of research and understanding of addiction. Sobriety, once thought to be a matter of morals or willpower, has been recognized as addressing and treating a blend of genetics, environment, biology, and more. In fact, people who have…

Nigella Lawson, Addicted to Drugs?

If you love food, then you probably know of English journalist and entertainer Nigella Lawson. Lawson is best known for her work as a restaurant critic, food writer, and reality television judge — but, if you believe her former husband, art collector Charles Saatchi, she is also a former addict who spent 10 years secretly…

What Are Blue Blossoms?

If you are the loved one of a recovering addict — and especially if your loved one is a smoker — you need to pay attention to the latest trend sweeping the streets. Blue blossoms, a legal synthetic drug that is available in many smoke and head shops across the country, is a liquid formula…

When Dependence Becomes an Addiction

Dependence If you’re a caffeinated coffee drinker or you’re a diabetic, then chances are you know what it’s like to be dependent on a drug. Imagine going a day or two without coffee — a debilitating headache is the likely consequence and probably a foul mood. Diabetics, naturally, must have insulin — severe illness and…

Can 30-Day Rehab Programs Truly Work?

At The Ranch PA, we offer both short- and long-term drug rehab. On occasion, family members express concern about short-term rehab. They worry their loved ones won’t receive adequate treatment during a short stay at the clinic. This is a valid concern, but sometimes shorter stays can be just as effective. Throwing out the Cookie…

Doctors’ Roles in Prescription Drug Abuse

Since 1999 and 2010, the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions written in theUnited Statestripled. Over the same time period, deaths caused by drug overdose rose almost 500 percent. Many of these deaths result from prescription overdose. Research suggests doctors are not always following guidelines for monitoring potential prescription drug abuse, including maintaining patients on opioid…

How Neurofeedback is Used in Substance Abuse Rehab

Neurofeedback trains people to alter their brainwave patterns. This therapy developed from biofeedback, which trains people to control normally autonomic body functions. Biofeedback has taught people to slow their heart rates and lower blood pressure. Neurofeedback takes a similar approach, changing abnormal brainwave activity associated with addiction. Brainwaves and Substance Abuse To understand neurofeedback, you…

Understanding the New Drinking Spectrum

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is known as the “psychiatrist’s bible.” Psychiatrists rely on the DSM to diagnose mental disorders and recommend treatments. The DSM is the authoritative text to help professionals decide what is – and what is not – a mental disorder. The latest edition offers a new way of categorizing alcohol…