Professional medical associations, such as the American Society of Addiction Medicine and American Medical Association, define addiction as a disease just like diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. Articulating a usable definition of what “disease” actually is can be surprisingly difficult, as notions of health vary by context. Dorland’s Medical Dictionary generally defines disease as any […]
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Addiction has a stigma attached to it, causing many to blame the struggling individual for their problems and assume that they should just be able to stop using if they want to. But the effects of substance use can change the chemistry of the brain, making the task of “Just Saying No” seem inaccessible. This […]
So . . . congress recently passed $1,000,000,000 to address the opioid crisis. Much of that money is expected to be spent on medication assisted treatment. Buprenorphine has been the most frequently touted form of medication assisted treatment. I’ve reviewed the research here and found that it does not live up to the hype. A […]
or some individuals, substance use may cause appetite suppression leading to significant weight loss that can trigger the onset of an eating disorder. For others, it can be relied upon for avoidance-based coping.
An addict’s road to recovery can be compromised by a person who exhibits co-dependency symptoms. If you are living with an addict or a recovering one, do you have co-dependency habits that can get in the way of full recovery of a person in a womens drug rehab center in Vancouver? Here are some signs […]
So have you ever wondered why incense seems to relax you so? In our ongoing effort to keep you up to date with the latest drug teens may be using, today’s topic introduces “Spice” aka “herbal high.” Simply put, spice products are an effort to create a legal synthetic marijuana. You may be thinking: “Why […]
More and more often an education is required to secure a job; many companies see a college degree as a sign of initiative and good follow through skills. If you’re diligent you can prepare yourself for the challenges of college while keeping your recovery program intact. Most addiction starts in late adolescence, so setting and […]