I’m not an addict, I have legitimate pain! According to the American Pain Foundation, there are 50 million Americans that suffer from chronic pain each year. Chronic pain is a response elicited by the brain and spinal cord after the body has been injured or there is a potential to be injured. Prescription drugs offer
Many don’t understand why people suffer from pain killer addiction. Unfortunately, this can make them unsympathetic to the condition of addiction that creeps up on patients who have legitimate prescriptions for pain. Sadly, many patients who are prescribed painkillers find themselves addicted just like illicit drug users and desperately need help. What is Pain Killer
Diseased or degenerate? Perceptions about the nature of substance use disorders hindered treatment for generations by stigmatizing dependency as the product of a weak will. Such perceptions limited availability to treatment. It also made those who were suffering hesitant to come forward until their problem reached crisis proportions. Is addiction a disease or a choice?
Going into alcohol rehab is not a “one and done” process. Recovery is a lifelong pursuit that requires dedication and commitment to a better life through sobriety. In the beginning, you’ll focus on detox and rehab. However, when you go into aftercare or independent recovery maintenance, you’ll need to remember that the process continues. Types
Alcohol rehab centers provide the most effective way to end alcohol addiction. The solution to alcohol dependence begins in a quality rehab center that includes alcohol detox and rehab in the same treatment center. Beyond detox, rehab programs will help you learn to live without alcohol while treating the physical, psychological and emotional effects of
A study done in 2000 by the American Journal of Public Health reported that 1 in 4 children are exposed to some type of family alcoholism, alcohol abuse or both. Alcoholism is a family disease infecting all members individually and collectively. Specific roles develop in this family dynamic such as enabler, hero, scapegoat, clown and
What Really Happens to Your Brain When You Blackout from Alcohol You jolt awake and realize you’re in a strange bed. Who is lying next to you? What is that stain on your shirt? And what, in the name of all that’s good, is that awful smell? This intro may remind you of a Sublime
The best definition of grief that I have found to date is that “grief is the normal and natural emotional reaction to loss or change of any kind.” I like this definition because generally speaking when one talks about grief, it is related to the death of someone or loss of something (i.e. loss of
Believe me. I might not come out and tell you I’m being abused, but I will give you signs. I will stop coming to family gatherings. I will tell you I’m sad or depressed. I might have bruises; however, they will likely be where no one can see them. I might lose or gain weight.
Lately several families have inquired how to help their families work. By work they are asking how to have a well-adjusted, healthy family. Many people in today’s modern world want to know how to deal with blended families, divorced families, one parent families, or families of different faiths, to name just a few examples. These