A drug therapy session

What is Drug Therapy?

When treating addiction, medical professionals use various methods and approaches. An example is pharmacotherapy, which is also drug therapy. Explore how pharmacotherapy plays a role in addiction treatment, what it consists of, and why it can supplement diverse treatment strategies. What is Pharmacotherapy? Pharmacotherapy is using medication as a form of therapy. Therefore, if you…

A man doesn't understand what is drug abuse

What is Drug Abuse?

Defining drug abuse isn’t always easy. A majority of people use prescription and recreational drugs. However, using doesn’t necessarily mean you have an addiction. What is drug abuse? To answer this question let’s explore how to identify substance abuse, why it’s so dangerous, and how to treat it. What is Drug Abuse? There are two…

A counselor conducts a psychiatric evaluation

Undergoing a Psychiatric Evaluation

Many people mistakenly believe addiction treatment only involves going through detox. However, addiction is a complex disease. For comprehensive recovery, psychiatric care is often necessary. Find out how undergoing a psychiatric evaluation is key to the addiction recovery process.   The Link Between Mental Health and Addiction First, you must understand the relationship between mental…

A young women reflects on the causes of addiction

The 5 Causes of Addiction

Addiction doesn’t develop out of nowhere. There are many different factors that lead to the disease’s onset. By exploring the top five causes of addiction, you’ll better understand what you can do to overcome it. 1. Genetic Predisposition to Addiction It’s hard to explain why some people develop an addiction immediately while others don’t. However,…

A man struggles with methadone side effects

Methadone Side Effects

Methadone is a prescription narcotic. Doctors often prescribe it as a pain reliever, but it’s more commonly a tool for treating opiate addiction. Unfortunately, methadone symptoms can be complex. Take a closer look at potentially dangerous methadone side effects and the risks of addiction development. Slowed Reaction Times The most common side effect of methadone…

A man finds support while going through detox symptoms

Common Detox Symptoms

If you have a drug or alcohol addiction and stop using, you’ll go into withdrawal. During this period of recovery, you’ll experience many uncomfortable symptoms. While these vary depending on your substance of choice, understanding common detox symptoms better prepares you for the process. Gastrointestinal Distress An upset stomach is, perhaps, the most common detox…