Co-Occurring Disorders

Why Treat Addiction and Mental Health Disorders Together?

If you have an addiction and co-occurring mental health disorder, it’s important to treat the two together. This means getting help for both simultaneously. But why can’t you just treat one?  Well, substance use and mental health disorders interact with and affect one another. If you enter recovery without being treated for a mental health…

Matthew Perry

Leading up to the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reunion, fans are worried about Matthew Perry. He’s struggled with addiction since the 90’s and has had periods of sobriety, but his slurred speech in promo videos is causing speculation about a relapse. It’s unclear whether Perry did relapse or is having health problems, but he has been open about…

woman learning about national women's health week

Beginning Addiction Treatment During National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week is a time for women to consider their physical and mental health. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH), this week serves as a reminder to women of all ages to think about their bodies and minds and make changes if necessary. For…

Exercise

Can Exercise Play a Role in Addiction Treatment?

Addiction recovery is different for everyone. Some people find 12-step groups helpful, while others might do therapy or meditation. Often, it is a combination of several methods. However, there are practices that tend to be helpful for many of those in recovery, and exercise is one of them. Working out releases dopamine and other neurotransmitters…

Can I Get Fired

Can I Get Fired for Attending Addiction Treatment?

You may be ready to enter addiction treatment, but worried doing so could cost you your job. Fortunately, there are legal protections that allow you to attend substance use disorder treatment without worrying about job security. Any business with 50 or more employees, and public agency or school with any number of employees, is covered…

a woman learns about alcohol during national drugs and alcohol facts week

What You Can Learn During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is an annual observance designed to raise awareness about drugs and alcohol within the teen community. Since 2010, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has provided educational events in communities to help teens understand drug use. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week’s ultimate goal is to rebuke…

a woman wonders if she has a drug addiction

Do I Need Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment?

Many people take prescription medication, especially opioid painkillers or central nervous system depressants such as Xanax. Others may use prescription drugs recklessly, and the abuse of these drugs can lead to the need for treatment. Abuse of prescription drugs is dangerous and can even be deadly for some. That’s why our Amatus Recovery Centers team…

commonly abused prescription drugs are spilled on the table

3 Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

The abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise. It’s considered one of the fastest-growing drug abuse problems in this country. An estimated eighteen million people countrywide have at one time misused prescription medication. Addiction and abuse of prescription drugs are just as dangerous as what you find on the street, like heroin or crack…