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alcohol and drug abuse

The Dangerous Myth of the High-Functioning Addict

By Lakeview Health Lakeview Health Meet The Editorial Team Published: March 30, 2017 Addiction is often defined as the compulsive use of drugs or alcohol or the continuance of certain behaviors despite negative consequences. These negative consequences frequently take some time to emerge. This, in turn, has led to the idea that in some cases

The Medical Benefits of 12-Step Programs

By Lakeview Health Lakeview Health Meet The Editorial Team Published: January 4, 2017 More than eight decades after its beginning, the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous continues to dominate addiction treatment in the United States. But not everybody is happy about that. Scientific American summed it up in 2015: “Hospitals, outpatient clinics, and rehab centers

Why Misusing More Than One Substance is Extremely Dangerous

By Lakeview Health Lakeview Health Meet The Editorial Team Published: December 21, 2016 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

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

By Lakeview Health Lakeview Health Meet The Editorial Team Published: November 21, 2016 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

Alcohol and Drug Abuse: When Enough is Enough

By Lakeview Health Lakeview Health Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 1, 2016 Addiction is a disease that completely takes control of a person’s life. Not only does it affect the user, but it also affects everyone else in his or her life. This can include friends, family, spouses, children and co-workers. Addiction takes hold and