The brain is a very complex organ and the more we learn about how it develops, the more we understand how substance abuse impacts its development process. There are five crucial stages of brain development during a person’s life. Here is a breakdown of each stage and how substance abuse can affect it. Stage 1: Read more about The Stages of Brain Development and Substance Abuse[…]
Ever since Adderall was made available as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 1996, the use of stimulants has been on the rise. What many stimulant users are looking for is an immediate reaction to enhance their alertness, attention, and energy. After experiencing this heightened awareness, users often want more of the Read more about Effects of Stimulants on the Body[…]
Addiction is a disease, but it isn’t the only problem that some people face. As many as one-third of all addiction sufferers are also experiencing a mood or mental disorder. When this happens, they are said to have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Although any combination of addiction and mental health conditions can occur, Read more about Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders[…]
If you suspect your teen is addicted to alcohol or drugs, it can be an incredibly challenging and stressful time for your family. Substance abuse is a serious problem that many parents may not realize is happening until it deepens to the point of addiction. Parents may not understand the signs and symptoms of substance Read more about How to Approach Your Addicted Teen[…]
Most people will admit to being creatures of habit, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Habits can be valuable, especially if they help you stick to a fitness regimen or perform better at work. However, habitual behavior can also lead people down a dangerous path that may result in substance abuse and addiction. How Read more about How Do You Know When a Habit Has Become an Addiction?[…]
How can you tell if someone has a substance use problem? These 11 signs of substance use disorder can help determine when someone crosses the line.
What is a co-occurring disorder, or dual diagnosis? Read to see how a dual diagnosis develops and what treatment options are available.