How Marijuana Affects the Teenage Brain

Effect of Marijuana

As states continue to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, it’s use is increasingly being seen as no big deal. In North Carolina, marijuana possession is mostly decriminalized. Possessing less than half an ounce carries a maximum fine of $200. While marijuana is used to treat a variety of conditions, there are still concerns about its effects. […]

Can Exercise Help Me to Recover from Drug Addiction?

Recover from Drug Addiction

If you’re struggling to overcome drug addiction, it’s safe to say you’re probably not feeling your best. Your body may not be in the best shape and you may feel like your life is out of control. The idea of exercise may seem ridiculous. However, exercise offers many benefits to recovering addicts. Even if you […]

Why Group Therapy is Beneficial for Alcoholics

Group Therapy for Alcohol Recovery

Individuals who are in recovery from alcohol addiction have several choices when it comes to treatment. Deciding how to approach recovery is deeply personal and what works for one person may not work for another. Group therapy for alcohol recovery is one treatment option that’s highly recommended because of its effectiveness. However, many people are […]

How to Stop Drinking Safely

Stop Drinking Safely

Alcohol is an extremely addictive substance and it can be difficult to stop drinking safely without professional assistance. Therefore, alcoholics should always seek help when detoxing since the withdrawal symptoms can be strong and painful. They should also get professional help throughout the recovery process since detox is only the beginning. People with alcohol use […]

Exploring the Link Between Alcohol Use Disorder and Depression

Alcohol Use Disorder and Depression

Alcohol use disorder and depression often occur together. Alcohol can worsen the symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. Meanwhile, depression can cause individuals to consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Each condition can make the other worse, creating a cycle that can be pervasive if not treated. If you or a loved one is dealing […]

The Pros and Cons of Long-Term Suboxone Use

Long Term Suboxone Use

Suboxone is a drug that’s used to minimize withdrawal symptoms when an individual quits opioids cold turkey. It satisfies the brain’s reward receptors and starts the healing process. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid. It activates the brain’s reward receptors but not as strongly as heroin does. Rather, the […]

How Opioid Use Affects the Heart

Treating Opioid Addiction

It is well-known that opioid use can be dangerous. While prescribed opioids can bring much-needed relief to patients who are in severe pain, they also present risks. If you or a loved one is addicted to opioids, you need to know that other health issues could be looming. You need to get professional help in […]

How to Spot A High-Functioning Drug Addict

High Functioning Drug Addict

Many people think they know what a drug addict looks like. They think about someone who is emaciated, unable to keep a job, and possibly living on the street. This portrayal was never completely accurate, and it is even less so today. There is no “typical” image of an addict. They can be of any […]