how to treat substance use disorder

How to Treat Substance Use Disorder

When we talk about substance use compared to substance abuse, we generally discuss the difference between misuse, dependency, and addiction. Alcohol, marijuana, and prescription medications are among the most misused and abused substances. In the past, there has been a focus on potential gateway drugs. This term suggests that the use of less dangerous or…

How Red Ribbon Week Helps Fight Drug Addiction

How Red Ribbon Week Helps Fight Drug Addiction

Since its establishment in 1985, the Red Ribbon Week campaign has focused on awareness and education, advocacy, and providing free resources. Millions of lives have been touched worldwide as schools, families, local, state, and national governments, and more have amplified the messages of Red Ribbon Week, used their resources to disseminate information and education, initiated…

benefits of a drug addiction recovery center

3 Benefits of a Drug Addiction Recovery Center

The benefits of a drug addiction treatment program for anyone who struggles with addiction are well-documented. From statistics about relapse prevention and long-term outcomes of people in recovery who credit their addiction treatment center with helping save their lives, there is ample cause for gratitude that drug addiction recovery is increasingly available. Breaking down stigma,…

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What Are the Differences Between Benzos and Opiates?

Two of the most commonly abused drugs are benzodiazepines (nicknamed “benzos”) and opiates. Addiction rates for both classes of drugs are on the rise. Notably, more than a quarter of opioid overdoses involve benzos as well. Users of both drugs overlap significantly, and drug addiction treatment programs are finding they are increasingly treating dual addictions.…

man in need of polysubstance abuse treatment

3 Common Occurrences of Polysubstance Abuse

Polysubstance abuse refers to a dependence on multiple substances taken in combination. The risks are higher than abuse of a single drug because mixing various substances can easily lead to entirely unexpected results, side effects, and even overdose. Substance abuse treatment programs are the only safe option for addressing this disorder. If you or someone…

What’s the Difference Between a Detox and a Recovery Center?

Detox and recovery centers are both parts of treatment for addiction, and may even exist in the same building, but they are not the same thing. They treat people at different stages of early recovery. A detox center helps people get off substances safely and as comfortably as possible. A person looking to stop using…