What Is the First Step of Drug Addiction Treatment?

In 2009, only 2.6 million of the 23.5 million people who abused drugs and alcohol received treatment, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. That means that only 11.2 percent of those who needed treatment received it. People fail to seek treatment for a myriad of reasons, one of which is the fear of

Recovery from Trauma and Addiction

According to SAMHSA, 21.5 million Americans struggle with a substance use disorder, many of whom also have mental health issues. As we better understand the dynamic relationships among mental health, life experiences, genetics/epigenetics, and addiction, we have become better equipped to help people overcome the challenges they face. In addition to genetic susceptibility to addiction,

How to Find Quality Substance Abuse Providers and Questions to Ask

Woman talking about what questions to ask an addiction treatment center

How to Find Quality Substance Abuse Providers and Questions to Ask With more than 14,000 addiction treatment centers in the United States, it’s hard to decipher which will be a good fit from those that aren’t going to appropriately serve your or your loved one’s needs. However, there are some telltale signs you can look

Alcoholism In America: The Overlooked Epidemic

Alcoholism Rate In America: The Overlooked Epidemic By Michael Rass The United States has a long history of struggling with problem drinking. “Every century, our drinking pendulum—the radical change in our relationship to alcohol—swings,” writes Susan Cheever in Drinking in America. “In the 1830s, we were the drunkest country in the world. By 1930, we

The Link Between Self Esteem and Addiction in Women

There is a definitive connection between self esteem and addiction– most notably in women’s addiction issues. In his famous hierarchy of needs, American psychologist Abraham Maslow put esteem in the second highest slot. All humans have a need to feel respected, including the need to have self-esteem and self-respect. Only when they are valued by

How Replacement Addiction Can Complicate Recovery

It is a phenomenon addiction professionals and people in recovery are well familiar with: replacement addiction, also known as addiction interaction. “Everyone who has battled an addiction understands the concept,” Jeanene Swanson wrote on The Fix. “You go from smoking to eating; from drinking to shopping; from sex to chocolate to working. You’re substituting one

Why Misusing More Than One Substance is Extremely Dangerous

Before patients begin their treatment at Lakeview Health, our doctors, nurses, and therapists will thoroughly evaluate and assess their medical condition and addiction history so they can develop an individualized treatment plan. Often, clients reveal that they have been using more than one drug or drugs in combination with heavy alcohol misuse. They may take

Don’t Wait for the Consequences of Drug Abuse to Unfold Before Seeking Help

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as a “chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Most addiction professionals work with this definition, but the terminology of addiction is changing. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association introduced the comprehensive diagnosis of substance use disorder