Addiction to prescription opiates like codeine, morphine, and oxycodone, as well as illegal opiates like heroin remains a huge problem in the United States. Millions of lives are being negatively affected every day from this unnecessary evil. Some facts from this nationwide epidemic include the following:
What does having a process addiction feel like? Some words to describe it are: compulsive, obsessive, uncontrollable, irresistible and overwhelming. Those are the words best used to describe what the urges you experience feel like. What it does, however, to your overall quality of life could be described a little differently with words such as guilt, shame, hopelessness, anguish, and desperation, among other feelings that contribute to a negative mindset.
Topics: Process Addictions
There’s a widely held misconception about benzodiazepines (benzos) like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and others: People underestimate their addictiveness.
One step at a time … That’s how you’re going to recover from drug or alcohol abuse. It may seem like you’re so deeply entrenched in a world you never intended to experience that you need to make a big jump to fix things, but that’s not how it happens.
It’s a fairly common, but unfortunate, occurrence in the healthcare industry: A patient goes to their doctor with debilitating pain in their lower back, and they leave … with an opioid dependency.
Topics: Opioid Addiction
Abuse of prescription pain medication is a problem for just about every demographic in the United States. It’s a problem for the construction worker who hurts his back on the job, an overwhelmed mother with a to-do-list that’s a mile long, and even for teens using it as a dangerous recreational habit. In fact, prescription painkillers are the second most commonly abused drug—only to marijuana—by high school seniors in America.
Topics: Opioid Addiction
Similar to pouring gasoline on a fire, drug addiction and depression is an explosive and deadly combination. Anyone who finds themselves in a situation involving this toxic mix of emotions and poisonous substances should seek help immediately. Here are the facts concerning the truth about depression and drug addiction:
At just twenty-eight years old, he had seemingly everything to live for: fame, fortune, good looks, and a young toddler to parent. Yes, it all seemed to be pointing in the right direction for this young man back in 2008. But something very dark was deeply entrenched in his private life that his adoring public didn’t know or understand.
Topics: Benzodiazepine Addiction
Perhaps you’ve been prescribed methadone as a maintenance drug to gradually wean yourself off a harsher substance like heroin or other opiates. Now, however, that methadone dosage has increased, and you may have inadvertently developed a substitute addiction. At this point, you’re probably wondering if the cycle will ever end. Good news; because the answer is, yes, the cycle will end if you remain determined to make it happen. The truth is that most likely, your substance abuse didn’t happen overnight and neither will your recovery. Recovery from methadone or any substance is a long and winding road, but the destination is well worth the difficult journey.
To make a lasting recovery from substance abuse, you need to know where your problem originates from first. Addiction is a complex, chronic condition that didn’t just manifest overnight. For most people struggling with recovery from its crippling clutches, it was a much longer process that may be the result of a singular traumatic event or a string of longer lasting psychologically challenging circumstances, perhaps even over the course of a lifetime. We at Compass Recovery realise that drug addiction is usually secondary to trauma or other experiences that wound the core and authentic versions of ourself; drug and alcohol use was the way that we got through those unbearable times.
Topics: Trauma Therapy