Helping a Child with an Addiction

As we discussed in our post about things you should know as the parent of an addict, it can be difficult to know how you can help your child when you know they are struggling. On the one hand, you can’t make your child want to change his or her life, but on the other […]

When You’re the Parent of an Addict

It isn’t uncommon for children to fall into situations or make decisions that dishearten their parents. You as a parent might even suddenly find yourself the parent of a child who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Being the parent of an addict can be extremely difficult, as it is hard to know how you […]

All About Hangovers Part 2

If anyone has ever drank a lot on any particular night, then they probably know that the morning brings with it a horrible experience known as a hangover. However, a hangover is actually a way to categorize and lump together several symptoms that one experiences after drinking too much. This short series, ‘All About Hangovers’, […]

All About Hangovers Part 1

If anyone has ever drank a lot on any particular night, then they probably know that the morning brings with it a horrible experience known as a hangover. However, a hangover is actually a way to categorize and lump together several symptoms that one experiences after drinking too much. This short series, ‘All About Hangovers’, […]

Don’t Wait Until Rock Bottom

You hear the term “rock bottom” fairly often in the world of addiction recovery, as many individuals put off seeking treatment until there is truly no other option. Rock bottom looks different for everyone. For someone who is addicted to alcohol, it might mean getting a DUI or incurring a serious injuring while driving under […]

Polysubstance Abuse: What You Need to Know

We often think of addiction in singular terms, with someone being purely an “alcoholic,” “cocaine addict,” or “heroin addict,” but the truth is that addiction often is not so cut-and-dry. In fact, addiction can and often does center around more than one substance. The term “polysubstance abuse,” also known as “polydrug” or “multidrug” abuse, can […]

Understanding the 12 Steps Part 2

Last week we discussed the first six of the AA’s 12 steps (in case you missed it, check out the blog post here).  This week, we will be discussing the final six steps.  Read on to learn more.  

Understanding the 12 Steps Part 1

If you are a recovering addict, there is no doubt that you have heard of the twelve step process.  It is used by Alcoholics Anonymous, many treatment centers, as well as most private support groups.  If you are curious about the twelve steps, but don’t fully understand them, read on to learn a little bit […]

What You Should Know about Alcoholic Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is defined as inflammation of the pancreas that leads to cell damage. It can be chronic or acute, and it is especially problematic because your pancreas produces two essential substances: digestive juices (which your intestines need to break down food) and hormones needed for digestion (such as insulin). Even more, pancreatitis can cause progressive […]

Substance Abuse and Your Teeth

While many expect to see physical health complications arise after a prolonged period of substance abuse, many forget to take into account the effects that substance abuse can have on oral health. Here is a look at what substance abuse can do to your mouth, gums, and teeth.