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According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2019, almost 15 million Americans, ages 12 and above had alcohol use disorder.

Why is Alcohol So Addictive?

Alcohol statistics are shocking. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2019, almost 15 million Americans, ages 12 and above had alcohol use disorder. Of those 15 million Americans who have alcohol use disorder, more than 7% of them have received treatment in the past year....

is benzo withdrawal dangerous

Is Benzo Withdrawal Dangerous?

Withdrawal is how your body experiences quitting a substance. Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on which substance a person has been taking. In some cases, withdrawal can be dangerous if it’s not supervised by professionals. It’s a common question heard by addiction treatment professionals - “Is benzo withdrawal dangerous?” The short answer...

explaining addiction to a non-addict

Tips for Explaining Addiction to a Non-Addict

Explaining addiction to a non-addict might seem like a tall order. People carry deep misunderstandings about substance use disorders. Changing their thinking about addiction takes time and patience. However, it is essential to make the effort. Misconceptions of addiction have very real consequences for people who need treatment. Many of those...

treatment after relapse

If You Relapse, Do You Need to Go Back to Treatment?

Diabetes is never cured. Likewise, doctors rarely tell a cancer patient that their condition is cured; it’s far more likely that if signs and symptoms are gone, they are told that they are in remission. Just like these diseases, there is no cure for addiction; there are strategies to manage it....

how shame fuels addiction

Understanding Guilt and Shame in Addiction Recovery

Shame and guilt are some of the most powerful emotions in a soul. Both of these emotions are similar, in that they deal with remorse and inadequacies - the same feelings that often compel users to start taking drugs. Shame can be caused by committing a crime and it could also...

alcohol detox

What is EMDR Therapy – And Can It Help With Addiction?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) offers hope to people who have been deeply affected by one or more traumatic events. People have complex reactions to trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and several other chronic psychological conditions. EMDR therapy is a form of psychotherapy that provides a promising approach to...

Relapse is not the end of recovery

Why Relapse Is Not the End of Recovery

Most people’s understanding of substance use disorders is clouded by decades of misinformation. We know more about addiction than ever before, but public awareness simply hasn’t kept the pace. Misconceptions not only hinder people from addressing the challenges they face; they can also cause much harm. How people think and talk...

Medical Detox is Different for Everyone

Why Drug Detox is Different for Everyone

Detox is the first step to recovery. People with a substance use disorder often wonder what to expect when taking that brave first step. Though there are a few things people in drug detox can expect, the process looks different for everyone. Detox varies from person to person partly because each...