sober living

Some individuals do not find the motivation to put themselves through rehabilitation and recovery until an external party stages an intervention that shows them the need to take action. Intercession may occur in a controlled environment with a professional trained in intervention psychology, or it may be done at home by a person’s loved ones. Read More


Relapsing is neither inevitable nor uncommon. For the overwhelming majority of people, recovery follows a nonlinear path. What can help one individual stay sober may not be helpful for another; each person must figure out what works best for them. Success might involve developing new coping strategies, forming a more helpful support system, or finding Read More

How to tell if your loved one is addicted to heroin

In recent years, there has been a six-fold increase in heroin-related deaths in the United States.1 In some parts of the nation, the heroin epidemic is particularly fierce. According to reports, Georgia is witnessing “unprecedented amounts of heroin” moving into the state, and it’s also penetrating in the Carolinas.2 It appears that no regions are Read More


Despite crackdowns on overprescribing, painkiller prescription and abuse rates remain highest in the southeastern United States. According to an article in Scientific American magazine, painkiller prescriptions in the southern states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina are some of the highest in the county—between 96 and 143 prescriptions per 100 people.1 When Read More

Opioid Versus Opiate What Is the Difference

Pain medications, which include opioids and opiates, are designed to enhance recovery and reduce short-term and long-term debilitation from pain. However, their abuse has proven a growing problem in the United States, where an estimated 2.1 million people are addicted to and/or abuse the medications. To understand how prescription painkillers and, in some instances, illegal Read More

Opioid Addiction Short-Term and Long-Term Effects on the Body

A study by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that more than 2 million people in United States experienced prescription opioid use disorder or opioid addiction in 2012-2013. Misuse of prescription opioid painkillers by adults in the U.S. more than doubled from 2001 to 2013. What are Opioids? Opioids are powerful Read More