What is Polysubstance Abuse and Use?

polysubstance abuse

Polysubstance Abuse, or using more than one drug at a time, is increasingly common. The average adult in the United States is taking 4 medications at any one point in time. So it’s not surprising that 2 million serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) occur every year in the U.S. – resulting in 106,000 deaths annually … Read more

4 Types of Bipolar Disorder and the Connection to Substance Use

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It’s important to understand the 4 types of bipolar disorder and how they can impact substance use. While the public’s perception of recovery is commonly watered down to a simple solution of detox, 12-steps, and willpower, proper addiction treatment is actually far more complicated. While a commitment to abstinence and accountability works for some, this … Read more

How to Stay Clean and Live the Sober Life

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Drinking and drug use are forms of self-medication that many of us engage in to soothe emotional pain, usually stemming from some sort of adverse childhood experiences. Unfortunately for some who become addicted, trying to stay clean and sober and live the sober life is a lifelong journey. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study … Read more

12 Things To Do After Rehab for Addiction Treatment

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Most people who complete an addiction treatment program agree it can be difficult, but ultimately worth it. Understanding what to do after rehab can form the foundation for a long-lasting recovery. Seeking treatment for a substance use disorder for alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both is often one of the hardest decisions a person … Read more

10 Questions to Ask When Searching for Addiction Rehab

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Searching for the perfect addiction rehab can be overwhelming for most people. Whether you’re searching for yourself or someone you love, you’ll want to get it right, the first-time. The truth is, each person who decides to make the heroic journey toward recovery has their own set of unique circumstances. For this reason, it’s crucial to … Read more

Stages of Change Addiction Recovery (Transtheoretical Model)

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In the journey from substance use disorder to recovery, every person experiences changes in their mindset and perspective. These are known as the Stages of Change, based on the “Transtheoretical Model of Change.” The Stages of Change provide a broad outline of what most people undergoing treatment for addiction can expect throughout their time in … Read more

Bob Forrest’s 11 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

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Leave it to a recovered junkie to say what everyone is actually thinking about the holidays but is afraid to say. They’re an emotional minefield that can kill you if you’re not careful. Let me give you some advice for how to navigate your way through in one piece. There will be hundreds of holiday … Read more

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome – CHS Weed Sickness

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If you frequently smoke pot, or you’re a long time user of marijuana and have recently experienced abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, you might be suffering from Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS), sometimes referred to as weed sickness. While marijuana is often considered something of a harmless drug by many people, the fact of the matter … Read more

Benzos and the Klonopin High – What Are the Dangers?

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Is getting high on Klonopin or abusing other benzodiazpeines a big problem? The opioid epidemic, driven primarily by highly addictive prescription painkillers, takes up most of the drug-related media coverage. However, benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium and especially Klonopin, are extremely addictive sedatives. They are also widely prescribed and potentially lethal when misused or abused. The … Read more

7 Natural Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Relief

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The worrying trend toward both prescribed and illegal opioid use in the United States requires serious action. As many as 130 people die every day in the U.S. due to overdosing on opioids, and the U.S. government has rightly called the opioid epidemic a “national public-health emergency.” Millions are becoming addicted to painkillers and drug … Read more