What to Know About Seeking Drug Treatment While Pregnant

Many states have recently enacted laws to crack down on mothers who expose their unborn children to illicit substances, but the consumption of drugs and alcohol during pregnancy remains relatively common. As recently as 2012, nearly six percent of expectant mothers reported using illegal drugs during their pregnancy, along with another eight and a half percent who used […]

Tips On Holding An Intervention

Interventions allow friends and family members to proactively reach out to someone in trouble. And statistics show that they work. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 90 percent of people get help following an intervention. These tips can help your family stage a life-changing intervention for someone you love. Choose Participants Well When asking […]

How Childhood Experience Impacts Substance Abuse

A number of studies link childhood trauma to addictions in adulthood. Trauma disrupts brain structure and can make addiction more likely for those impacted.  In the Adverse Childhood Experience study by Kaiser Permanente and the CDC, researchers found that 17,000 patients who experienced trauma in childhood later had substance abuse and impulse control challenges. How is Childhood Trauma […]

Reality Of Unintentional Drug Poisoning In The U.S.

Almost any drug can become lethal poison when accidentally ingested or taken in amounts that exceed healthy limits. Another cause of unintentional poisoning is found when the elderly mistakenly take the wrong drug to treat a chronic condition. But, of all the accidental overdoses, opioids are causing the largest increase in accidental overdoses that lead […]

Strength in Numbers – Your Sober Support Team

Individuals that are on the path towards living a clean and sober lifestyle will find it very useful to put extra effort into creating a sober support system before living an in-patient treatment center. Upon leaving a substance abuse treatment program, the structure at home and work can be stressful to a recovering addict or alcoholic. […]

Facing Grief And Loss In Recovery

Facing the loss of a loved one while in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction can be a powerful relapse trigger, especially for those in the early stages of recovery.  Loss and grief are a normal part of life and powerful emotions of sadness and despair can occur after the death of a family member or friend, […]

The Dangers of a Codependent Drug Abusing Relationship

Codependency in a drug abusing relationship is characterized by the sober partner fixated on helping the addict meet their needs, to the detriment of their own. It’s a family issue that is very common, fueled by the emotional fact that is difficult for anyone to watch a loved one spiral out of control. As the codependent […]

Is Drug Abuse Sending More Babies Into Foster Care?

A heartbreaking trend of more infants and toddlers being thrust into foster care has child welfare professionals on high alert. Many experts are drawing links to the opioid and methamphetamine addiction crisis that has devastated families across the country. With the nation’s welfare system already strained, rampant drug addiction continues to force more young children […]