The National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA) defines addiction as a chronic, often relapsing, brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Brain changes that occur over time from drug use affect an addicted persons self control, judgment and emotions and limit the ability to resist the intense impulses to take drugs. Drug addiction is a complex disease as drugs change the brain in profound ways that then foster compulsive drug abuse. Quitting can be difficult and requires more than will power alone.
National Drug Facts Week: January 26 February 1, 2015 National Drug Facts Week? (NDFW) is an annual health observance week for teens to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. NDFW centers on community events for teens, NIDAs Drug Facts Chat Day, and partnerships. There are great resources available at the National Institute on Drug Abuse
The holiday season can be stressful for all of us, whether we are in recovery or not. Overindulging in everything from food to alcohol, over-spending seems to be in vogue, and then we are expected to hit the reset button come January 1st. Living in excess is not particularly healthy for anyone, but for those..
Addiction doesnt happen in a bubble, it has a way of altering a family and the interactions of family members. The effect addiction in the family has becomes quite apparent when we look at the dysfunctional communication roles that family members often take on. These interactions are fittingly called The Drama Triangle. There are three..
We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character After completing the Fifth Step with our sponsors, recognizing and disclosing the exact nature of our wrongs, a realization sets in: without changing our destructive behaviors we cannot experience the full benefits of the recovery program. In Step Six, a sense of..
September is Recovery Month. To celebrate this month, and inspire ourselves and others, we offer daily Addiction Recovery tips. Todays tip is: Always remember to practice self care. Aim for 1 hour a day just for you even if it is not done all at once You can contact New Hope Recovery Center at 888-707-4673..
September is Recovery Month. To celebrate this month, and inspire ourselves and others, we offer daily Addiction Recovery tips. Todays tip is: Make your own recovery the first priority in your life. Recovery is #1 keep that thought at the top each day! We wish everyone a Happy Recovery Month! You can contact New..
Many people enter addiction treatment rehab or walk through the doors of a 12-step room and struggle with the concept of spirituality. For those beginning the journey of addiction recovery who do not identify as religious, or who did previously but have now rejected religion, or who have felt harmed by religion, the idea of..
Xanax, generically known as alprazolam, is one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs in this country. As prescriptions for this highly addictive drug rise, the rates of abuse and dependence increase as well. As many have discovered, Xanax is highly addictive. Xanax is a benzodiazepine in the sedative-hypnotic class of drugs. It is generally prescribed..
Ambien, the brand name of the generic drug zolpidem, is a widely-prescribed, and also widely abused drug. According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, about 30-40% of adults say they have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year. Another 10-15% of the adult US population report chronic..
Looking into addiction treatment programs (rehab) for yourself or a loved one can seem overwhelming. Generally life is already stressful and unmanageable. Trying to understand what options are available within the treatment world and what would work best is not an easy task. To give you a starting point, here are 5 frequently asked questions..