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June 21, 2024
From Isolation to Connection: Why Social Support Matters in Recovery

We all need love and support from the people closest to us. This need is even greater for those in recovery. Addiction has a way of pushing people away from their friends and family. The secrecy, defensiveness, withdrawal, aggressiveness, etc. that come with addiction often sever relationships. Even in recovery, there’s stigma, isolation, shame, guilt, […]

June 13, 2024
Innovative Approaches: Using Ultrasound Technology for Addiction Recovery

In recent years, the health industry has embraced ultrasound technology. It's typically used for medical imaging to examine the inside of specific body parts. However, most health facilities are also using it to treat various psychiatric conditions like drug addiction.  This innovative use of high-frequency sound waves sheds new light on how we approach mental […]

June 7, 2024
Maximizing Texas’s Opioid Settlement: Investing in Treatment & Rehabilitation

The US has been experiencing an opioid crisis since the mid-90s. This was around the time when there was a shift in how doctors prescribed pain medication. Pharmaceutical companies downplayed the addictive potential of opioids, and doctors were encouraged to prescribe them more liberally for chronic pain. Sadly, this led to a significant increase in […]

May 23, 2024
Redefining Success: Celebrating Milestones in Recovery

Recovery is a journey and a tough one at that. A quick look at the numbers and you realize the magnitude of the challenge. According to the NIDA, about 40 to 60% of people who’ve gone through addiction treatment will relapse within the first year. That’s why you should be celebrating milestones in your journey […]

May 17, 2024
Break Free: How to Overcome Shame & Guilt in Addiction Recovery

There’s a lot of stigma surrounding addiction. People misinterpret it as a moral failing rather than a complex interplay of emotional, psychological, and social factors. So, in recovery, it can feel like you're carrying the weight of societal judgment. Add that to the internal struggles of shame and guilt, and it all becomes an overwhelming […]

May 10, 2024
The Connection of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Substance abuse and mental health issues often co-occur. According to reports, about 50% of people with severe mental problems also grapple with substance use disorders (SUD), and vice versa.  When SUD and mental illness coexist, it's often referred to as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder.  Substance abuse and mental health issues are both complex challenges that affect millions of […]

April 25, 2024
Beyond Sobriety: Life Skills for Lasting Addiction Recovery

Addiction doesn't just affect your relationship with substances; it permeates every aspect of your life. Now that you're in recovery, it's crucial to equip yourself with life skills that not only support your sobriety but also help you face day-to-day challenges with resilience and purpose. From communication skills to social emotional intelligence, this article will […]

April 18, 2024
The Emerging Trend of Synthetic Drugs & Designer Substances

Synthetic drugs and designer substances are increasingly easy to come by. With the rise of online markets and illicit distribution networks, people can easily obtain these substances with just a few clicks or a quick exchange on the street corner. This accessibility presents a significant challenge to public health and safety, as it increases the […]

April 11, 2024
The Role of Trauma in Addiction: Healing the Wounds

Trauma refers to deeply distressing events that can leave lasting scars on our minds and hearts. These events can range from childhood struggles to life-threatening situations like natural disasters, accidents, or even military combat. When people face such distress, they often turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the overwhelming emotions. This explains the […]

March 28, 2024
Supporting Loved Ones: A Guide for Families of Those in Recovery

Addiction rewires the brain and makes it hard for one to control their substance use despite harmful consequences. This means they may struggle to prioritize relationships, responsibilities, and their well-being. Over time, the shift in priorities can create profound strain within families and challenge even the strongest of bonds. In these moments, supporting loved ones […]

March 18, 2024
Navigating Treatment Options on the Road to Sobriety

The road to sobriety and recovery is filled with challenges but also with immense opportunities for growth and healing. As you embark on this journey, you should know that various treatment options are available. From evidence-based care to holistic therapies, each approach offers unique benefits to support your recovery journey. This article guides you in […]

March 14, 2024
Alcohol Awareness: America's Most Deadly Drug?

Alcohol is legal and widely available in many parts of the world, including the US. It is a socially accepted drug, often consumed during social gatherings, celebrations, and even casually. However, despite its legality and widespread use, alcohol can indeed be very harmful, both to individuals and society as a whole. This article will spread […]

February 21, 2024
Overcoming Cocaine Addiction: Effective Treatment Strategies

Cocaine addiction is a chronic and relapsing condition that can affect anyone. Today, millions of Americans have a cocaine use disorder, and millions of others have lost their lives due to cocaine-related complications. If you or a loved one is struggling with cocaine addiction, you should know that treatment is available and recovery is possible. […]

February 15, 2024
Setting Realistic Goals: A Guide to Sustainable Recovery

Sobriety is more than just quitting alcohol and drugs. It's an ongoing process of embracing a substance-free life and improving yourself. As SAMHSA puts it, it is a process of change where one strives to lead a more self-directed life, working to improve their wellness and health while trying to reach their full potential. One of the […]

February 8, 2024
Love, Trust & Recovery: Navigating Intimacy After Addiction

Relationships, dating, and marriage are complicated enough. But addiction adds another layer of complexity to the dynamics. It creates emotional distance between partners, takes more time away from the couple, and affects sexual health, among other things. This explains why couples with partners who abuse alcohol or drugs report problems with intimacy after addiction. They […]

January 24, 2024
Navigating the Winter Blues in Addiction Recovery

Around 14% of the adult population in the US experience the winter blues every year. According to experts at the National Institute of Mental Health, the condition is fairly common and is often marked by irritability, lethargy, overeating, feeling down and unsociable and sleep problems. A small percentage of people also experience a more severe medical […]

January 17, 2024
A Fresh Start: Decluttering Your Life in Addiction Recovery

There’s nothing wrong with holding on to sentimental items or memories. If anything, these can offer a sense of comfort and familiarity. But in addiction recovery, sometimes that very comfort can become a barrier to progress. That’s why it’s necessary to release things that no longer serve you. Decluttering your life is not about erasing […]

January 10, 2024
New Year, New Beginnings: Tips for Sobriety in 2024

The dawn of a new year symbolizes a fresh start. A chance to redefine your path and embrace positive changes. It is a good time to prioritize your physical and mental health. This could mean making a choice to get help for alcohol abuse or reaffirming your commitment to a life of sobriety. As the calendar turns, it […]

December 21, 2023
Natural vs. Synthetic Drugs: The Myth and Reality

One of the most common yet very dangerous misconceptions that people have on the drug use scene is that "natural" is healthier, safer, and better than synthetic drugs. The notion stems from various reasons, including cultural beliefs, historical usage, and a general preference for things perceived as "pure" or untainted. Nature is good for humans, […]

December 15, 2023
Dark Web Markets & the Changing Face of Narcotics Distribution

The dark web can be a helpful tool for ensuring private communication or sourcing legitimate products. But it is also a hotspot for illegal internet activity. People turn to this part of the internet to buy, sell, or exchange a variety of illicit goods and services, including narcotics. And with over 2.5 million daily dark web visitors, the digital drug […]

December 12, 2023
DARE to Challenge: Why Drug Education Programs Fail

Drug education programs are often seen as a critical tool in the fight against substance abuse. However, a growing body of research suggests that most of these programs fail to achieve their intended goals. This blog post will critically assess why drug education programs often fall short of their objectives, drawing insights from the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) […]

November 30, 2023
Synthetic Opioids: The Invisible Epidemic

The 2022 provisional data showed that over 68% of the reported 107,081 drug overdose deaths in the US involved synthetic opioids other than methadone. According to the CDC, illicitly manufactured fentanyl was the primary driver of these deaths, accounting for nearly 73,654 of all overdose deaths. Fentanyl deaths have increased every year since 2012. In […]

November 17, 2023
Cannabis: From Stoner Stereotypes to Big Business

Cannabis has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. People from various cultures were using it for medicinal, industrial, and recreational purposes. However, its image took a significant turn in the early to mid-20th century, largely due to a combination of factors, including political, cultural, and media influences. Early Stereotypes and Taboo Status […]

November 7, 2023
The War on Drugs: More Harm than Good?

Drug offenses are the number one reason for arrest in the US. According to sources, over 1.16 million arrests are made for drug law violations each year. Sadly, these arrests disproportionately affect Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people. Five decades after President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse "public enemy number one" and allocated significant resources to combat it, […]

October 27, 2023
Celebrity Relapses in a World That Never Stops Watching

Celebrities have always been in the public eye. But in the era of 24/7 news cycles, social media scrutiny, and insatiable public appetite for the lives of the rich and famous, celebrities find themselves navigating a treacherous landscape. Every aspect of their lives – including triumphs, missteps, and personal struggles – is exposed to a […]

October 18, 2023
The Allure & Danger of the Newest Designer Drugs

Fentanyl and its derivatives have become the leading driver of overdose deaths in the US. According to the CDC, more than two-thirds of the reported 107,081 drug overdose deaths in the country involved opioids, mainly illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Fentanyl is very potent – it is up to 50x and 100x stronger than heroin and morphine, […]

October 11, 2023
Venturing into the Modern Dating Scene With Sobriety as a Game-Changer

Venturing into the modern dating scene with a newly-found sobriety can really be a game-changer. Dating is an important part of any romantic relationship. It allows you to learn more about your potential partner and also lets you discover who you are. But the dating world can be a double-edged sword for those in addiction […]

September 29, 2023
The Benefits of Outdoor Activities in Addiction Recovery

Many studies have shown the importance of physical activities for mental and physical health. There’s also growing evidence of the benefits of spending time in nature or being in contact with the natural environment. Doing physical activity in nature brings together those positive effects that can be particularly beneficial for those in alcohol and drug […]

September 21, 2023
Music Therapy Strikes the Right Chord in Substance Abuse

Music therapy has been used for years as an effective therapy for people with a range of mental and substance use disorders. It employs evidence-based musical interventions to address a wide range of challenges, including substance cravings, motivation for treatment, and the emotional turmoil often associated with recovery.  Music therapy in addiction treatment settings involves […]

September 12, 2023
The Rise of Online Support Groups

Online recovery support groups are virtual communities or platforms where people struggling with mental and substance use disorders come together to seek help, share experiences, and provide mutual support in their journey toward recovery. These groups use various online tools and platforms, like websites, social media, mobile apps, and video conferencing software, to connect people […]

August 29, 2023
The Effectiveness of a Holistic Approach in Addiction Treatment

The impacts of addiction extend beyond physical dependency. It infiltrates the mind and spirit as well. The holistic approach seeks to address the interplay between these three components – mind, body, and spirit - to facilitate comprehensive healing and recovery. Here's a quick look at the underlying premise of holistic therapy: Mind The mind is […]

August 23, 2023
The Dual Diagnosis Dilemma in Addiction Recovery

It's not uncommon for people with addiction to experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, or others. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 9 million people have dual diagnosis. Despite this, only 7% of these people get treatment for both […]

August 16, 2023
Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Sobriety

The recovery journey has many challenges that can test even the most resilient person. For some, the process feels like learning how to walk again as they grapple with the overwhelming fear and uncertainty of navigating life without the crutch of alcohol or drugs. But as the saying goes, knowledge is power, and understanding the […]

July 21, 2023
Thriving in Sobriety: Navigating Recovery in the Workplace

Getting help for an alcohol or drug use problem is a bold move toward regaining control of your life. Addiction can profoundly impact your physical health, mental well-being, relationships, and job performance. However, it's important to remember that treatment is just the beginning of the recovery journey. Navigating sobriety, especially in the workplace, presents its […]

July 14, 2023
Exploring Art Therapy in Substance Abuse Recovery

Recovery comes with its fair share of challenges. Obstacles like difficult emotions, cravings, relationship issues, money problems, loneliness, boredom, mental health issues, relapse, etc., can take a toll on even the strongest person. That's why people in addiction recovery go through therapy, among other supportive measures, to help them overcome these challenges. But not everyone […]

July 7, 2023
HIIT vs. Hitting the Pipe: Replacing Addiction With Fitness

People use drugs for many reasons: to feel good, perform better at work or school, or stop feeling bad. They may also be curious because others are doing it, and they want to fit in. And while drugs (both illicit and prescription) and alcohol provide temporary relief or altered states of consciousness, they come with […]

June 25, 2023
The Efficacy of CBD in Treating Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

CBD has gained a reputation as a magical elixir that can seemingly heal everything from stress and insomnia to cancer and chronic pain. People are captivated by the potential of CBD as a multipurpose remedy, and its purported benefits have fueled a surge in its popularity. However, most of these claims are not based on scientific evidence, […]

June 18, 2023
Incorporating Mindfulness Practices into Addiction Recovery

Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to enhance your recovery journey from substance abuse. Recently, the transformative power of mindfulness practices in supporting individuals on their path to recovery is being recognized. In fact, a study made public by the National Institutes of Health revealed that mindfulness training is a promising intervention option for SUDs […]

June 9, 2023
The Role of Family Therapy in Successful Addiction Recovery

Addiction does not just affect the person struggling with substance abuse but their loved ones as well. When a person abuses drugs or alcohol, their family and friends often experience a ripple effect of negative consequences. The communication breakdown, betrayal, neglected responsibilities, financial strain, and emotional & physical turmoil can strain relationships, erode trust, and create a […]

May 25, 2023
High on Drugs, High on Risk: The Impulsive Gambler

Gambling is common in the US and worldwide. People gamble on everything from card games to sports and even casino games. For some, gambling is a harmless pastime; for others, it's quick cash. In moderation, gambling can be a fun activity. However, some people lose control of their gambling and end up being an impulsive […]

May 19, 2023
The Price of Pills: The Hidden Costs of Drug Use

Pills have become integral to modern medicine, helping individuals manage pain, treat illnesses, and improve overall health. They are a vital component of health care – with over 131 million people (66%) of all adults in the US using prescription pills. However, the use of prescription drugs can also come at a high cost. This is the […]

May 12, 2023
Where to Buy Fentanyl Testing Strips in Texas

If you're concerned about the presence of fentanyl in drugs you or someone you know may be using, fentanyl testing strips (FTS) can be an essential tool to help ensure your safety. These testing strips detect the presence of fentanyl in a sample of drugs, allowing you to make informed decisions about your drug use […]

April 21, 2023
Are Psychiatric Medications Overused in Addiction Treatment?

Addiction treatment can be complex and challenging, mainly when underlying mental disorders exist. As a result, psychiatric drugs like antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers are often prescribed to individuals with addiction to help manage these conditions and improve their chances of recovery. However, the use of psychiatric medications in addiction treatment is a controversial topic. Some argue that these […]

April 14, 2023
Misdiagnosis of Withdrawal Symptoms as Mental Health Issues

Withdrawal symptoms are a natural and expected part of quitting addictive substances. They occur because the body and brain have become accustomed to the presence of the substance and have adapted to its effects. When the substance is removed, the body and brain need time to readjust, which can result in emotional, psychological, and social symptoms. The misdiagnosis […]

April 7, 2023
Examining Racial Disparities in Addiction Treatment

Recent research has shed light on racial disparities in addiction treatment, highlighting the need for a more culturally competent and socially-aware approach in the addiction treatment industry. While many acknowledge drug abuse is a leading public health crisis in the country, racial disparities in addiction treatment are too widespread to ignore.  According to SAMHSA, more than 41 million Americans had a substance […]

March 24, 2023
Examining Holistic Approaches to Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a complex and multifaceted disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It impacts the individual's physical health and mental, emotional, and social well-being. Traditional approaches to addiction recovery focus on treating the physical symptoms of addiction. But they often neglect the underlying psychological and emotional factors contributing to addiction. That's why many rehab centers now […]

March 17, 2023
How Naltrexone Implants Work for Alcohol & Opioid Addiction

Opioid and alcohol use disorders are a growing concern in the United States, especially with the rise in overdose deaths. In 2021 alone, 107,622 drug-involved overdose deaths were reported in the country, and opioids accounted for 80,816. In the same year, there were over 52,000 alcohol-induced deaths in the US.  The increase in substance abuse […]

March 10, 2023
Can Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Help Addiction Treatment?

Psychedelic-assisted therapy is currently drawing a lot of attention. There has been a resurgence of interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms), LSD, and MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy) for the treatment of various mental health conditions.  Re-emerging clinical research suggests that psychedelic-assisted therapy has the potential to serve as […]

February 16, 2023
How Medication-Assisted Treatment Can Aid Addiction Recovery

Addiction to drugs or alcohol can cause long-term changes to the structure and functioning of the brain. These changes make it hard for someone to quit using despite the harm it causes. Even in addiction recovery, people can experience relapses due to cravings - it's why addiction is often referred to as a relapsing disease. The […]

February 9, 2023
The Importance of Counseling & Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a complex and debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It causes physical and psychological harm to the individual and affects their relationships and ability to function in society. While various treatment options are available, counseling and therapy are often considered essential components of an effective addiction treatment plan. These therapies can […]

February 3, 2023
How Prescription Drugs Helped Fuel the Drug Overdose Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is a serious public health crisis that has been ravaging communities in the United States for years. While many of us may associate illicit drugs such as heroin with causing drug overdoses, prescription drugs have also played a significant role in this devastating trend. The widespread availability and ease of obtaining these […]

January 19, 2023
Why Are Older Adults Abusing Drugs More Than Ever?

Substance abuse among older adults is a significant issue that can have severe consequences for the health and well-being of older adults and those around them. Despite this, drug abuse rates among older adults are increasing faster than any other age group. A 2018 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration survey found that approximately one […]

January 12, 2023
How Does Addiction Affect Men and Women Differently?

Addiction is a severe mental health condition that can have devastating consequences for those affected by it. Men and women experience addiction differently, yet the impact on their lives can be equally profound. While addiction causes many similar effects in men and women, there are some key differences between the sexes regarding how they develop […]

January 6, 2023
Is the Fentanyl Vaccine Real? How Do I Get One?

At a time when drug overdose is quickly becoming an epidemic in the United States, researchers at the University of Houston are hard at work on a solution that could save countless lives. They're developing a vaccine for fentanyl, an opioid linked to numerous fatal overdoses. This fentanyl vaccine could be a major game changer in the […]

December 20, 2022
Fighting Fentanyl: The Crisis in Texas Border Communities

The opioid crisis has become an increasingly pressing issue in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 91 people die every day in the country from opioid overdose. Heroin, prescription painkillers, and fentanyl are among the most commonly used drugs in this deadly epidemic. Combining opioids with other drugs, […]

December 9, 2022
Is it Possible to be Addicted to Marijuana?

Some people use marijuana as a recreational pastime. Others use it for medicinal purposes. Either way, many wonder if it's possible to become addicted to marijuana. The answer is yes; it is possible to become addicted to marijuana just like any other drug or alcohol. According to studies, some people who use marijuana may develop marijuana use disorder meaning […]

December 2, 2022
What Are the 12 Steps of Addiction Recovery?

Addiction is a chronic mental condition that can be hard to overcome. Even after comprehensive addiction treatment, the risk of relapse is always present. Joining Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous can help you better understand your addiction and find healthy ways to cope with it. The 12 steps can help individuals dealing with all types of substance abuse, including: Understanding 12-Step Programs The 12-step program […]

November 18, 2022
What Emojis Are Kids Using to Buy & Sell Drugs?

When it comes to kids and drug use, there is a lot that parents need to be on the lookout for. Unfortunately, new research suggests that kids are now turning to slang terms and emojis to hide illicit drug use from their parents and the authorities. These covert techniques make it more difficult for adults […]

November 10, 2022
What Does Long Term Drug Use Do To Your Body?

When it comes to drug abuse, the main concern is often the immediate health impacts of drug use. However, there are also several long-term effects of drug abuse on various systems in the body. For example, prolonged exposure to certain drugs can cause changes in vital organs like the heart, lungs, liver, and brain. These […]

November 4, 2022
Why Are Opiates Like Heroin So Addictive? 

Opiates are a class of drugs that include both illegal drugs such as heroin and prescription medications such as morphine and codeine. Made from the poppy plant, these powerful substances work by binding to receptors in the brain, triggering feelings of euphoria and reducing pain. While opiates have long been used for their therapeutic properties, […]

October 21, 2022
5 Signs Your Loved One is Using Illegal Drugs

Drug use is a growing problem in the United States. According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS), about 50% of Americans aged 12 and older have used illegal drugs at least once. With this shocking trend, it's no wonder many people are worried about their loved ones using illegal drugs. If you're concerned that […]

October 14, 2022
The Importance of Proper Disposal of Unused Medication 

Prescription medications are a vital part of our society. They save lives, improve quality of life, and make us more productive. But like all powerful tools, they can be dangerous in the wrong hands. They can also be hazardous to the environment. That's why it's important to ensure that unused or expired prescription drugs are disposed of properly. […]

October 7, 2022
What Drugs Are Tranquilizers? How Are They Abused?

If you don’t mind the risk of having a panic attack, the new Netflix show "Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" is a chilling account of the Milwaukee cannibal's crimes. It outlines his horrific behavior while revisiting the heinous crimes. Dahmer would lure his unsuspecting victims back to his home or hotel and drug them using […]

September 23, 2022
Why is Addiction So Hard to Overcome?

Most people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to do so. In reality, addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good […]

September 15, 2022
Can You Get Treatment For A Xanax Addiction?

Xanax is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. These drugs are some of the most commonly abused substances in the world. They're also responsible for a high number of emergency rooms visit across the United States. Benzodiazepines slow down the nervous system and have a calming effect on the user. Xanax is […]

September 8, 2022
The Challenges of Going Back to School for Recovering Addicts

In recent years, drug use among high school and college students has become a growing problem. According to the 2021 Monitoring the Future survey by the National Institute on Drug Use, about 50% of high school seniors have tried an illegal drug at least once. The availability of drugs and relentless peer pressure can make it difficult for young people to resist […]

August 25, 2022
Do Harm Reduction Efforts Actually Lower Addiction Rates?

In recent years, there has been a growing movement in the United States to adopt harm reduction strategies when it comes to drug addiction and overdose. Harm reduction is a public health approach that focuses on reducing the negative consequences of risky behaviors rather than on eliminating the behaviors themselves. Proponents of harm reduction argue […]

August 22, 2022
Does Alcohol & Drug Use Make COVID Symptoms Worse?

Drug addiction is a serious medical condition that can profoundly impact every aspect of an individual's life. It can damage relationships, cause financial problems, and lead to various health care problems. Left untreated, addiction can be deadly. Amid the unprecedented global pandemic, drug addiction presents an even greater danger to public health as it can make COVID […]

August 12, 2022
What is the Cost of Alcohol Rehab?

Approximately 21 Million people in the United States struggle with alcohol addiction in America every year. If you or a loved one is among them, you may wonder what the cost of alcohol rehab programs are. The cost of alcohol rehab can range from free and low-cost programs to expensive inpatient treatment. This variation is due to aspects like […]

July 26, 2022
What Are the Most Popular Drugs Used at Music Festivals?

Drug use is rampant at music festivals due to the carefree atmosphere and the availability of drugs. Many people view drug use as a part of the festival experience and feel that it enhances the music and the overall atmosphere. The overall atmosphere of festivals can make it difficult to “dance safe.” However, drug use […]

July 19, 2022
What Happens During A Full Medical Detox From Drugs?

The first and most important treatment step for those struggling with addiction is a medical detox. During detox, the body is cleansed of all traces of the addictive substance, and any withdrawal symptoms are monitored and managed by medical professionals. Detox helps to break the physical dependence on a substance and provides a safe and supportive environment […]

July 12, 2022
Understanding the Risks & Dangers of Ketamine Abuse

Ketamine is a powerful dissociative drug that has been used for medical and recreational purposes for decades. While it is not as well-known as other drugs like cocaine or heroin, Ketamine's availability has increased in the recent past. Ketamine abuse is most common among young adults, who are often drawn to the drug's ability to produce an out-of-body experience. […]

June 28, 2022
Dangerous Drugs That Mess With Your Temperature

Many drugs come with a long list of potential side effects, and some of these side effects can be pretty serious. One common side effect that is often overlooked is drugs' impact on temperature regulation. Some drugs act as vasoconstrictors, which constrict the blood vessels and reduce blood flow. This can lead to an increase […]

June 21, 2022
How Do I Know When I Have A Drug Problem?

It can be difficult to know when you have a drug problem. Many people mistakenly believe that if they're not using drugs every day, they must not have a problem. But drug abuse is about how much you're using, not how often. If your drug use is causing problems in your life - like missing […]

June 14, 2022
Drugs & Food: When Do Addicts Overeat & Undereat?

When it comes to drugs and food, there are many different things that can happen. Some people may overeat when they are taking certain drugs, while others may undereat. It all depends on the drug and how it affects the person's hunger or food habits. In this article, we will discuss how drugs can affect […]

May 31, 2022
My Roommate is an Addict, How Do I Help Them?

It can be tough to deal with a roommate with drug abuse problems. You may feel like you are constantly walking on eggshells and may not know what to do or how to help. This guide will give you some tips on how to support your roommate and help them get the treatment they need. Challenges […]

May 24, 2022
Does Alcohol Addiction Lead To Dangerous Sleepwalking?

Alcohol addiction can lead to many health problems, including liver diseases, heart disease, and pancreatitis. It can also increase the risk of accidents and injuries and contribute to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. One less well-known effect of alcohol dependence is sleepwalking. While there is no direct experimental evidence that alcohol predisposes one to sleepwalk, […]

May 17, 2022
Why Distancing Yourself From Old Friends Can Help You Avoid Relapse

When in recovery, it is important to distance yourself from any friends or associates who may be triggers for your substance abuse. Relapse is always a risk, but by avoiding temptations, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of falling back into old patterns of abuse. It's not easy to distance yourself from old friends, especially […]

April 27, 2022
Can Creativity Be Harmed By Drugs?

The idea that drugs and alcohol are necessary for the creative process is popular, but it is also controversial. On the one hand, many notable figures in history were heavy drinkers or drug users and produced great works of art while under the influence. Also, there is no real evidence to suggest that drugs and alcohol improve creativity.  […]

April 20, 2022
Healthy Foods to Help With Drug Cravings

Proper nutrition is essential for everyone, but it plays an especially important role in recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. The physical and mental stress of addiction can take a toll on the body, depleting nutrients and damaging cells. The resulting deficiencies can contribute to mental illness and issues like fatigue, anxiety, and depression. This is where healthy foods […]

April 13, 2022
Overdoses Are at an All-Time High: 100,000 Deaths Last Year

Drug overdose deaths have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. In fact, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses killed more than 100,000 people in just one year. This is the first time drug overdose deaths have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in America. Most of these […]

March 23, 2022
Tremors & DIMD (Drug-Induced Movement Disorders)

Drug use harms the health of drug users. One common symptom reported or seen in drug addicts is tremors, also called Drug-Induced Movement Disorders (DIMD). The tremors may or may not be apparent to the drug users. The severity generally depends on the extent of addiction. Drug abuse is currently at an all-time high. According to National […]

March 17, 2022
Why Do I Keep Relapsing On Drugs?

If you wonder why you or your loved one keeps relapsing on drugs, you are not alone. Relapse is common among people seeking recovery. Statistics show that approximately 85% of recovering addicts relapse within a year following treatment. For this reason, there is a need for a long-term drug relapse prevention plan. Although society deems recovering addicts who relapse as not having […]

March 9, 2022
What Is the Best Therapy for Drug Addiction Treatment?

Your addiction treatment will vary based on a range of factors, including the level of care you need, the substance you are addicted to, your mental health, and what you can afford. There are several treatment options available for addiction recovery. If you are unfamiliar with them, this article is for you. We will discuss the various therapies for addiction […]

February 24, 2022
Teens In Texas Are Abusing ADHD Medications To Get Ahead

Doctors prescribe stimulant medications like Adderall and Ritalin to approximately 2.5 million Americans every year to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These ADHD medications can help some patients, but they can also be easily abused. When used as a treatment for ADHD, Adderall and Ritalin reduce symptoms, making it easier for patients to concentrate and control impulsive behaviors. Unfortunately, most people, […]

February 16, 2022
The Link Between Risky Sexual Behaviors & Drug Use

For ages, human beings have intentionally used different substances for sexual pleasure. For example, Egyptians used extracts from the blue lotus flower to facilitate and enhance sexual desire.  Today is no different. People use alcohol and illicit drugs for sexual pleasure. The trend is prevalent among teenagers and young adults in the United States. While substance misuse […]

February 9, 2022
How Does Someone Use Methamphetamines?

Dealers produce methamphetamines in various forms. Therefore, it can be orally ingested, smoked, snorted, or injected. The methods meth addicts prefer vary depending on the geographical region. This article discusses the various methods people use to get meth into the body. We will also look at paraphernalia for meth use and how meth affects your body. How meth addicts […]

January 27, 2022
Texas Overdose Trend Remains At All-Time High For 2022

Substance abuse harms individuals’ physical, mental, and behavioral health. It also affects their families and communities at large. In some instances, it may result in overdose deaths. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that over 4,000 people in Texas died due to drug overdose in 2020 alone. The same report revealed that overdoses claimed a total of […]

January 20, 2022
Isotonitazene: New Synthetic Opioid Has Recovery Specialists Worried

Every year hundreds of Texans die due to substance abuse. Illicit and illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine were the main culprits for the longest time. However, opioid-related deaths became more prevalent in 2017. A new synthetic opioid, isotonitazene threatens to make this problem worse. Medical practitioners started prescribing opioid pain relievers to patients in the 1990s. Their role was to solely […]

January 13, 2022
How Is Rehab For Meth Different Than Other Drugs

Meth is a powerful drug and one of the hardest to overcome. This makes meth addiction treatment a challenge compared to alcohol or other drugs like cocaine and marijuana. A full recovery from meth needs an extensive meth addiction treatment plan, which comprises patient assessment, detox, therapy, and aftercare (support groups). Detox purges the physical […]

December 22, 2021
How To Be Grateful Even When Times Are Tough

Gratitude is an essential tool for those in the recovery process. It is known to significantly reduce relapse rates, especially during the holidays. If you feel grateful to be on the road to recovery, the chances are that you won’t relapse. A thankful attitude allows you to face any challenges that come your way and focus on your recovery […]

December 15, 2021
Cartels Are Shipping Thousands of Pounds of Meth Into Texas

The National Drug Intelligence Center reported that Mexican drug cartels have come up with extensive drug distribution and transportation networks along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.  According to the intelligence center, the drug trafficking networks extend from Texas to all other states in the US. The cartels have drug suppliers in most, if not all, […]

December 8, 2021
Pupil Dilation & Drug Use - What Drugs Cause It?

There are many different signs of drug abuse, some more common than others. Pupil dilation is one of the most common signs of drug abuse.  This article will discuss the various drugs that cause pupil dilation and what to look out for if you’re worried that your loved one is abusing or addicted to drugs. What […]

November 23, 2021
Holidays 2021: A Guide to Avoiding Relapse Triggers

The holidays are a time when most people reunite with friends and family to celebrate. It is considered a time to drink, eat, and be merry. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be stressful for people in recovery, and the chances of addiction relapse are relatively high. Emotional relapse may make any recovering addict turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. Some common holiday […]

November 16, 2021
Stuck In A Loop: When Hallucinogens Cause Cyclical Behavior or HPPD

There are instances when individuals who abuse hallucinogenic drugs like MDMA (ecstasy), psilocybin (also called magic mushrooms), and LSD experience the effects several weeks, months, and even years after abusing the drug. These effects are commonly referred to as flashbacks and are prevalent in people suffering from HPPD (Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder). This article will discuss HPPD in […]

November 11, 2021
Prison Time For Drug Convictions In Texas?

Drug laws are different by state. Compared to other states, Texas has more stringent laws on narcotics and controlled substances, including mandatory minimums. Prison time for drug convictions may get you months or even years. Suppose law enforcement officers in Texas find you in possession of drugs, you may face drug charges that can result in prison sentences, hefty fines, probation, temporary […]

November 1, 2021
Drugs are Getting More & More Potent

It is true that drugs are getting more and more potent these days. Unlike in the past, drug dealers are now selling stronger doses of drugs to attract consumers and also outshine the competition. According to researchers, the increasing potency of drugs is a sign of an ever-growing recreational drug marketplace, fueled by the rising […]

October 29, 2021
Digestive Health Issues From Drug Use

Drug use can have both short-term and long-term effects on your digestive health. And while some of these effects can resolve on their own or through treatment, some linger on for years. In some cases, drug-induced complications on the digestive system could cause severe health complications and even death. You probably know that drugs affect judgment, decision-making, moods, […]

October 18, 2021
Friends & Family Can Contribute to Drug Addiction

There is truth to the expression, “One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.” That’s because ripe apples produce ethylene, a ripening agent. When you store apples together, the ethylene prods other apples to ripen further and eventually rot. It takes a single apple to start a domino chain that ruins the rest of the bunch. […]

September 27, 2021
Can Delta-8 THC Cause Harm to the Body?

The popularity of Delta-8 THC has been rising in the past few years. According to Headset, the sale of delta-8 grew by 144% between April 2020 and April 2021. However, just like any other new product in the market, actual and potential users of Delta-8 products are anxious. They want clarity on whether the products are safe for […]

September 15, 2021
Isolation can Lead to Addiction

Addiction is a complex condition that can rarely be attributed to a single cause. One’s environment, genetics, mental health, and past experiences all influence the development of addiction. Studies also point out isolation as a vulnerability to drug addiction.   Social isolation isn’t necessarily bad: we all crave some alone time, at least occasionally. Being alone can be rejuvenating, meditative, […]

September 7, 2021
What is A Wook? (And Other Drug User Terms)

People use a myriad of names to refer to drugs and alcohol. Some of these names are common, while others are only specific to certain groups. Usually, the more popular the substance, the more slang is associated with it. One popular term these days is "wook" and it's not at all like the Wookiee from Star […]

August 25, 2021
East Texas Has an Opioid Problem, From Prescription

If you think that the drug abuse trend in the great state of Texas has anything to do with its closeness to the Mexican border, you are right. Texas shares a 1,254-mile border with Mexico, which is a big factor in the state's drug problem, especially with the illegal drug heroin. According to the National Drug […]

August 18, 2021
Texas is Dealing with Even More Fentanyl Problems

Fentanyl is the newest drug to blame for the growing opioid epidemic in Texas. This might sound odd, considering the drug is medically approved and is often prescribed by doctors. However, statistics show deaths involve fentanyl abuse more now than ever before in the state of Texas The misuse of opioids, including fentanyl, heroin, and […]

August 11, 2021
People Use More Drugs in the Summer

You guessed it right – people use more drugs during summer than any other time of the year. But have you ever wondered why that’s the case? Well, according to a post published on the National Drug Institute on Drug Abuse, summer offers more idle time along with social activities like outdoor dance parties and music […]

July 29, 2021
Things You Can Do When You Beat Addiction & Get Sober

When you beat addiction and get sober, you may wonder what’s next? In sobriety, you have lots of time and what seems like a long journey ahead. Most people assume that when you get sober, your social life, or life in general is ruined and that you would never have fun again. However, this is not […]

July 19, 2021
Should I Be Afraid of Rehab?

Addiction affects almost every part of your life. Admitting that you have an addiction problem is the first step toward recovery. Denial is a large part of addiction, and breaking through self-deception is very difficult. So, if you’ve reached a point where you accept that drugs and alcohol are a serious problem in your life, then you’ve […]

July 8, 2021
How Mexican Drug Cartels Affect Texas

According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration reports, Mexican drug cartels are responsible for the majority of drugs smuggled into the country. The far-reaching influence of these well-organized crime groups that ascertain their dominance through fear and violence continues to be astounding. While Mexican cartels have major influence across the country, the most affected state has been Texas. Why […]

June 30, 2021
What is the 27 Club?

The 27 Club is a term that was coined after it became apparent that many famous people were dying at the young age of 27. These untimely deaths have, over the years, become a cultural phenomenon. In turn, there are lots of theories and cult-related stories thrown around as people try to find a link […]

June 15, 2021
The Link Between Music and Drugs

A good number of musicians have used drugs to augment their creativity. Their fans, on the other hand, may use drugs to intensify the pleasure they get from music. This has been the norm for centuries, leading to intensive research on the link between music and drugs. On the surface, music and drugs are like […]

June 8, 2021
TV Shows About Drug Addiction (And What They Show Us)

Society views addiction as a choice or weakness. So, when someone gets caught up in an addiction, they tend to see themselves as falling short of the standard. They feel guilty of their perceived shortcomings and end up with a negative mindset. The public stigma around the “failings” of those with addiction doesn’t encourage anyone […]

May 20, 2021
Alcoholism is Getting Bad Thanks to the Pandemic

Alcohol slows down the central nervous system, creating feelings of relaxation. It also lowers inhibitions, memory, and judgment. Because of these qualities, many people turn to alcohol to distance themselves from the challenges or stressors they’re facing due to COVID-19. The pandemic is associated with negative economic and health impacts, loss, grief, isolation, prolonged uncertainty and […]

May 11, 2021
Why Do I Keep Using Meth? Ways to Stay Clean

You’ve gone through recovery, and things are starting to fall back into place. But for one reason or the other, you slip and end up using meth. So, you start over again, only to find yourself in what feels like square one – using meth, yet again. So, now, you can’t help but wonder why […]

April 15, 2021
How Chronic Pain Can Lead to Drug Abuse

Pain is a normal part of life. It is our body’s reaction to illness or injury – a warning that something is wrong. Usually, pain lessens as soon as the body recovers. The hurting stops and things go back to normal. But this doesn’t happen all the time. Not when it’s chronic pain. Chronic pain […]

April 9, 2021
How Can Relapse Be a Part of Drug Recovery?

There’s a lot to feel good about when your loved one goes through an arduous recovery journey and then comes out clean and sober. Sadly, even after rehab though, your loved one may relapse at some point. Relapse doesn’t happen to everyone in recovery, but it does happen to many people. That’s why newer schools […]

March 30, 2021
How Alcoholism Can Make Your Blood Pressure Worse

Scientists are still learning how alcoholism affects heart health and blood pressure. According to a few John Hopkins University studies, moderate alcohol drinking may lead to a lower risk of dying from heart disease. Also, modest amounts of alcohol might help to slightly raise the levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol as per some studies. Does that […]

March 23, 2021
Does Counseling Work for Drug Addiction?

Millions of Americans struggle every day with an alcohol or drug addiction. Unfortunately, many of them never end up getting the help they so desperately need in order to get clean and sober. Battling a substance use disorder, or  addiction is extremely difficult, and many individuals require outside help in order to stop using drugs […]

March 12, 2021
How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?

It is never a good feeling when you, or a loved one, are considering whether or not professional treatment is necessary for an alcohol use disorder or an alcohol addiction. However, the simple fact that there is even a question is a strong indicator that there is possibly a problem and that professional help may […]

February 26, 2021
5 Ways to Conquer Drug Cravings

When you have a substance use disorder or an addiction, one of the hardest things to do in life is quit using drugs and alcohol. One of the main reasons for this is that you will begin craving the drugs or alcohol, almost immediately after you decide to quit. So, what are some good ways […]

February 19, 2021
What Is A Dual Diagnosis?

Unfortunately, addiction or substance use disorders are very common in our country. Nearly 21 million Americans struggle with this disease every day. Sadly, out of those 21 million people, only around 10% of them will ever receive treatment for their addiction or substance use disorder. For those who are able to receive treatment, they know […]

February 10, 2021
What are Quaaludes and Why Were They Popular?

Quaaludes--perhaps you’ve heard of them or maybe you have even tried them yourself? Quaaludes are often talked about with a sense of nostalgia, usually being referenced in movies by someone’s grandma who has a secret stash of them left over from the 70’s when the drug was at its height in popularity. More recently however, […]

January 28, 2021
7 Healthy Foods To Eat While Detoxing From Drugs

Getting sober can be difficult for people who have even what seems to be a mild substance abuse problem. Part of what makes recovery so difficult, is going through the initial drug detox and sometimes painful withdrawals when they first stop using their drug of choice. While many people experience some sort of drug detox […]

January 22, 2021
How To Spot A Possible Heroin User

Heroin is an extremely dangerous and addictive illicit drug. It can come in many forms and goes by many different names but it often comes in a fine white, brown, or black powder. Another popular form of heroin is black tar heroin, and as the name implies, it looks like black tar and is sticky […]

January 15, 2021
Why Do People Get High?

In today’s crazy world it may seem like more and more people are reaching for drugs and alcohol to get high, in order to help them cope with the struggles of our "new normal". Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic that our country is still facing, alcoholism and relapse rates are once again on the rise. […]

December 23, 2020
Fun Things to Keep Busy & Off Drugs for the Holidays

For a lot of people, winter marks a great time of the year. They look forward to fun things like spending time with family, eating great food and celebrating the holidays. What some people don't know though, is how difficult this time of year can be for a recovering alcoholic or drug addict. For someone […]

December 16, 2020
Where Did Meth Come From? A History of Methamphetamine

Today, there are more than 1.6 million Americans who report having abused crystal meth sometime within the past year. Out of that number, roughly one million of them will also state that they suffered from a methamphetamine use disorder within that same year. A substance use disorder, also known as an addiction, is when someone […]

December 6, 2020
What Happens to Your Brain When You Get Blackout Drunk?

If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it is that 2020 has been a stressful year. Along with the nation battling the surge of cases in the COVID-19 pandemic, is the increased rates of alcohol consumption sweeping across the country. No one could argue against ending a long stressful day with […]

December 1, 2020
Do Drug Implants Like Naltrexone Really Work?

Drug and alcohol addiction has been around for centuries and it has increasingly become a major issue in the United States. At first, people who suffered from substance abuse problems were considered degenerates and were often blamed for not having enough self-control to get sober and stop abusing drugs or alcohol. Today, thanks to medical […]

November 18, 2020
Why High Lumen Lights Help Fight Relapse During Winter

High lumen lights used for the treatment of SAD are specialized lights that are very bright and they essentially mimic the effects of the sun. This makes high lumen light therapy a great natural option that helps restore the biochemical balance of our brain and bodies which in turn helps to alleviate the symptoms associated with not getting enough sunlight. In a way, it helps to trick our bodies into thinking the days are longer again.

Before trying high lumen lights as a form of therapy, patients are recommended to get a checkup from your eye doctor before trying treatment

November 10, 2020
The Many Forms of Weed

Marijuana goes by many names, such as weed, cannabis, and herb. It also has a long history of use within the United States. Many political and racial factors led to it being outlawed in the United States, though the stigma surrounding weed has slowly changed across America as more and more states vote to legalize […]

October 28, 2020
Before You Use Meth, Read This First

Meth is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug. It is used by a wide range of different types of people in the United States. However, it is typically more common among old teens or young adults, with the average age of a meth user being around 30 years old, much younger than cocaine and […]

October 20, 2020
Alcoholism is on the Rise During COVID-19

I’m sure the year of 2020 hasn’t turned out quite the way any of us had envisioned it would have in the beginning of the year. Since the arrival of COVID-19 in our country, we have all faced many challenging obstacles. Temporary closures of businesses deemed non-essential, self-isolation, quarantine, and other dramatic changes of how […]

October 9, 2020
What is the Difference Between Norco, Heroin, and Fentanyl?

Opioids are a class of drugs that are naturally found in the opium poppy plant and target the opioid receptors in the brain to produce effects very similar to morphine. Manu opioid medications work by blocking pain signals to the brain. Even though there are many different opioids, Norcos, heroin, and fentanyl are some of the most popular substances that are commonly abused by people who suffer from an addiction or substance abuse problem. With so many different opioid drugs on the market, it is easy to be confused about the differences between them, so here is a brief explanation of Norcos, heroin, and fentanyl.

September 28, 2020
What Drugs Cause Scabs or Lesions on the Skin?

Are you concerned that a loved one may be abusing drugs because you have seen what appear to be lesions or scabs on the skin? These types of skin sores just never really seem to go away, or sometimes they even seem to get worse. Unfortunately, with drug and alcohol abuse, scabs and lesions on […]

September 17, 2020
Common Ways Addicts Store or Hide Their Drugs

Anyone who has ever known or loved an addict knows just how far they would go to continue getting high and they would also never question their ingenuity when it comes to trying to conceal or hide their drugs from others. If there is one thing in common between all people who suffer from the […]

September 3, 2020
Hygiene and Drug Use: Why Does Use Cause a Lack of Care?

It can be very sad when we see a loved one who is putting off their appearance, or is not taking care of themselves, because of drug abuse or drug addiction. If you, or a loved one, need help getting back on the road to a healthy, sober life, then we are here to help! We can answer any questions you may have about the recovery process and would love to teach you the tools to get back on the road to loving yourself again!

August 30, 2020
How Can Drug Court Help Addicts Recover & Avoid Jail?

Recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction is never easy, but for some it can require more intervention. The level of care necessary really depends on the individual and is affected by things like how long the person has been abusing alcohol or drugs, how heavily they have been using these substances, and whether or […]

August 20, 2020
Is it Easy to Buy Drugs on the Dark Web?

Most of us are aware of the illicit drug market that usually consists of players, like your local street dealers, their suppliers, and then their suppliers, eventually working all the way up, ending at whoever manufactured the product. When most people think of the drug trade, they associate it with organizations like the Mexican drug […]

August 12, 2020
PTSD & Drug Use: Military, Police, Fire & Healthcare Workers

Many have heard the term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but what does that really mean? Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric condition in which the person suffering has either experienced or witnessed a terrifying or traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident such as a car crash, combat in war, rape, or […]

July 24, 2020
The Military and Drug Use

Besides alcohol, substances like marijuana and cocaine are also common among active duty service members currently in the military, however, due to the fact that testing positive to a random drug test could lead to a dishonorable discharge, many military members develop problems associated with alcohol or prescription painkillers, commonly prescribed due to injuries from combat or carrying and operating heavy equipment. For instance, during the years of 2001 to 2009, the number of painkillers prescribed to the military more than quadrupled, causing a subsequent rise in opioid use disorders as well. In 2017, one in four active-duty members of the United States military received a prescription for opioids.

July 6, 2020
Why Being In-Network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Is Better For Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Here at More Than Rehab, we accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and only provide the highest quality of care. If you are looking for an excellent facility who accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, then we are here to help! It is our passion and desire to help restore an addicted person's way of life to a place where they no longer need to rely on drugs or alcohol in order to feel normal. We treat the underlying issues that led to the addiction to begin with. We understand that addiction is a complicated disease and we offer any level of care that is necessary. We know how hard of a struggle achieving sobriety can be. We have helped many who have walked that lonely road before and we have brought them to a place of happiness. It is never too late to ask for help, everyone deserves a second chance at life.

June 22, 2020
Can I Get COVID-19 From Drug Use?

The coronavirus, also commonly known as COVID-19, has rapidly swept across the globe, ultimately causing worldwide economic shut downs in the hopes of flattening the curve to potentially save millions of lives that are at risk of death from this dangerous virus. The problem with COVID-19 is that the virus can last on surfaces for […]

June 18, 2020
How Do Drug Cartels Affect Drug Flow Into The US?

Mexican transnational organized crime groups, often referred to as cartels, have spent several decades establishing intricate, complex routes and connections to smuggle illegal drugs across the United States and Mexico border. Border Patrol, and other governing agencies such as the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), have been waging war against […]

May 22, 2020
How to Live Without Drugs: 7 Ways to Overcome Addiction

If you have ever struggled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol then you know just how hard it can be to turn your life around and get sober, once and for all. For a lot of people who are still living in an active stage of drug addiction and/or alcohol abuse, having fun without […]

May 6, 2020
Colleges and Drugs: What are the Popular Drugs to Look Out for in 2020?

Due to things like social experimentation, peer pressure, stress and childhood trauma, many college students turn to drugs or alcohol. If you or someone you know may be struggling with a substance use disorder, please do not hesitate to reach out for help! Many have been where you are before and they have gotten the help necessary to get back on track. College is a very rewarding experience, but we also know that it can be very stressful.

March 25, 2020
Nootropics: A Dangerous New Addiction

It is true that not all nootropic drugs are considered to be dangerous, but there are still those who have very serious side effects. Part of what makes these drugs so compelling is that they are usually medically prescribed or available for purchase over the counter, so people associate them with having less risk. Another component that increases the danger level of these drugs is what is known as increased tolerance, sometimes the user needs more and more to achieve the desired effect, this can cause them to use more of the same drug, or turn to other more harmful drugs instead.

March 17, 2020
The Best Drug Ever Created?

It is no secret that our country is currently suffering from a widespread problem, that problem is better known as addiction. Current research suggests that more than 21  million Americans struggle with an active addiction to drugs or alcohol every single day. While there are a large number of illegal drugs currently being abused, the […]

March 9, 2020
Drug Usage Can Be Driven By Childhood Trauma

A common question in today’s world is what drives abuse of drugs and alcohol? While the answer to that isn’t exactly a 'one fits all' model, there are many things that can potentially lead to whether or not someone will become an addicted person later on in life. This can include things like genetic predisposition, […]

February 21, 2020
What are Tiny Spoons Used for in the Drug World?

Tiny spoons often prove to be a curious find for parents, friends or family members who stumble upon their loved one’s “secret stash”...

February 10, 2020
How Much Does Heroin Cost In Texas?

Opioid addiction has increasingly become an epidemic in America in recent history...

January 18, 2020
I am Addicted: 10 Steps to Take to Get Away From Drugs

Unfortunately, not all relapse triggers can be avoided, no matter how hard we may try! Learning how to effectively cope with your drug cravings will allow you to move past them. Distract yourself by reading a book or go hang out with a sober family member or friend. Remind yourself why you are staying sober and the negative consequences you have experienced because of your drug or alcohol abuse. Try coming up with other coping mechanisms that will work specifically for you while you are experiencing a drug craving.

January 8, 2020
Press Release: Now In-Network With Cigna

More Than Rehab Drug Treatment Fills the Void as Cigna Drops Treatment Centers in Texas Area Press Release Jan, 1 2020. As the drug epidemic worsens, accepting insurances of different types is key to providing care to addicts when they seek help. Bryan, TX is home to More Than Rehab, a substance abuse treatment center […]

December 26, 2019
Why is Alcohol Harder to Quit than Other Drugs?

If you have ever struggled with quitting alcohol and drugs, then you know how difficult it can be, especially around the holidays. Overcoming an addiction and staying sober are essential to leading a healthy and fulfilling life. For those who do not know, addiction is considered to be a disease of the brain that can […]

December 3, 2019
Does Your Insurance Affect Your Drug Rehab Choices?

It is never a good feeling when someone has to wonder whether or not they can afford the cost of going to rehab for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, but if you do find yourself in that situation, just know that you are not alone. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 19.7 million Americans aged 12 and older suffered from a substance use disorder in the year of 2017. Furthermore, out of those 19.7 million people who had reported having an addiction in 2017, only 19% of them had received substance abuse treatment of some kind. If you are one of those many americans still suffering, then we are here to help! There are many treatment options available.

If you are wondering if your insurance company can help cover any of the cost for treatment, then do not worry, thankfully, through the Affordable Care Act, every health insurance provider must offer coverage for substance use disorder services.

October 23, 2019
What is the Difference Between Cocaine and Crack Cocaine?

While cocaine first became popular in pop culture around the 1970’s, it is one of the oldest drugs in the world, as the leaves from the coca plant have been chewed for thousands of years. Originating in South America, the Erythroxylon coca plant was used as a stimulating medicinal product; elevating mood, aiding in digestion […]

October 16, 2019
What Drugs Produce the Worst Withdrawal Symptoms?

An addiction treatment center with a medical detox program will allow the user to safely manage and alleviate the heavy detox symptoms that may be experienced when first quitting drugs or alcohol. Many who have tried quitting “cold turkey” on their own have had little to no success as they are improperly managing their symptoms. The purpose of a medical detox is to get the person safely through the acute withdrawal stage, where most of the physical symptoms occur. Maintaining sobriety long term in the post-acute withdrawal stage will require ongoing effort as the psychological symptoms, like depression and learning how to cope without the use of drugs or alcohol, begin to surface.

October 1, 2019
Drug Trafficking in Texas: Being Aware of How to Get Help

Due to its close proximity with Mexico, the state of Texas is the most heavily affected region. These Mexican drug cartels smuggle their drugs across the border and begin distributing them throughout the state. Interestingly enough though, marijuana is the drug with the highest conviction rate in Texas, due to the influx of Mexican weed that is coming across the border. Texas is also has the fourth highest rate per capita for drug trafficking sentences with an average sentence lasting around 77 months (about 6 ½ years).

September 17, 2019
6 Common Triggers for Drug Use and How to Avoid Them

If you have ever experienced a relapse, or are new to recovery, know that you are not alone, research suggests that between 40 to 60 percent of people who have recently undergone treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction will relapse within just one year of sobriety.
One of the ways to keep from becoming a member of this statistic is to pay attention to cues or situations that can lead to this unwanted drug or alcohol use, below is a list of 6 common triggers and some additional tools so that we can hopefully avoid them:

August 14, 2019
How Much Does Crystal Meth Cost in Texas?

When looking at the average price of crystal meth, the street value can vary from city to city, state to state, region to region. Due to our close proximity to the source of 90 percent of the meth available in the United States, the price of meth is typically lower in Texas, than in many […]

July 31, 2019
Crystal Meth is Making a Worrisome Comeback in Texas

While the news headlines are dominated by the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, crystal meth is making a relatively silent, but deadly return. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the rate of overdose deaths for methamphetamine more than tripled from 2011 to 2016 and that number keeps growing to this day. This is […]

July 17, 2019
Why is Meth so Hard to Quit?

Methamphetamine, speed, ice, or crystal meth is hard to quit simply because it is one of the most addictive drugs known to exist. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s methamphetamine was a major problem in Texas and across the whole nation because the ingredients were relatively easy to obtain at your local, street corner drug […]

July 12, 2019
Can You Afford Drug Rehabilitation?

Scientific, evidence-based approaches to drug rehabilitation are likely the most cost-effective versions of care, as they offer a proven success rate, regardless of age, gender and other demographics. These methods of rehabilitation can literally be life-saving so it is difficult to put an accurate price tag on rehabilitation.

June 15, 2019
Athletes and Drug Abuse: A Disturbing Trend in Modern Sports

Drug abuse is a common occurrence across all types of sports, at all competitive levels. Besides just performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids and stimulants, many athletes feel compelled to abuse drugs and alcohol for a variety of other reasons. The intense pressure to perform, coupled with a possible underlying mental health disorder can all contribute […]

May 31, 2019
Binge Drinking in the State of Texas: When Does It Become Too Much?

At colleges and universities across the United States, the culture of partying and binge drinking is pervasive. When drinking to excess starts to cause a lot of problems in academic areas like grades, attendance and extra curricular activities, maybe it is time to start thinking about your regular consumption of alcoholic beverages. We have all seen this party culture at institutions of higher learning be glorified and glamorized in popular movies, television shows and music. Some say it’s kind of like a rite of passage for young adults. We all know that students want to have a good time while they’re young, but excessive drinking can lead to disastrous, life-altering consequences.

May 17, 2019
Relapse Prevention: The Basics Everyone in Recovery Should Know

The easiest way to stop a potential relapse is to simply avoid relapse triggers. These are situations, experiences, places, even people who bring out your inner urges to use drugs or alcohol. Sometimes it’s a holiday or special day when maybe you lost someone close to you. Or it could be a club or place you used to hang out when you were using that makes you romanticize your past substance abuse. It could even be a family member or friend who you previously used with that makes you want to do it again.

May 4, 2019
Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

The US Department of Health and Human Services notes that, mental health and substance use disorders may share similar, underlying causes for their development. These include changes in brain chemistry, genetic vulnerabilities and childhood exposure to extreme stress or trauma. These problems are further compounded when the person begins using drugs or alcohol to hide their symptoms. Studies have shown that people who struggle with anxiety or mood disorders are almost twice as likely to struggle with addiction than the average person is.

April 26, 2019
How Addiction Affects Family Legal Matters in Texas

When one, or both parents are using a substance that negatively impacts their ability to adequately care for children, the State of Texas considers this to be a form of “child abuse” or “neglect”.

April 18, 2019
What are some of the inspiring de-addiction stories?

At More Than Rehab, we have seen a wide variety of people come to our rehabilitation center for help. We’ve had doctors, college students, musicians, stay at home mothers literally just about everyone come to us with a debilitating substance use disorder. Addiction knows no bounds. It is true that literally anyone can develop a psychological and physical dependency on substances ranging from alcohol to prescription and illicit drugs.

April 10, 2019
What is the Best Drug Rehabilitation?

With so many treatment options available, it is difficult for some to find the best drug rehabilitation program that will suit their individual needs. Finding the best drug rehabilitation for your addiction can be one of the most important health care decisions you make in your entire life. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can quickly become a deadly disease. You have a lot of options available to help you, but we want you to make an informed decision on which program will offer the best care for yourself or a loved one.

March 26, 2019
When is the Time For Drug Rehab?

Maybe you’ve just come to realize that things have gotten bad, but are things really bad enough to check yourself into rehab? It is important to be aware that you are not alone. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that an estimated 22.7 million Americans need treatment for a problem with drugs or alcohol. But how do you know when is the time for drug rehab for yourself, or even for a loved one? Having a substance abuse problem does not always mean the person is addicted to drugs. Often times it will get to the point of addiction, before a person decides they want to stop.

March 15, 2019
What are the Dangers of Using Needles for Drugs?

Although most addictions begin with less direct approaches to drug use, like snorting or smoking drugs, many people who experiment with injecting drugs through needles can develop or strengthen their addictions much sooner. What is intravenous drug use? Intravenous (IV) drug use is simply the action of injecting a liquefied substance into the bloodstream directly […]

March 7, 2019
What is Suboxone?

Suboxone® is an evidence-based, prescription treatment for opioid addiction and heroin addiction. It is a prescription medication that combines buprenorphine and naloxone and has been shown in numerous studies to ease opiate withdrawal symptoms in patients who are beginning their recovery from addiction. These studies also highlight that the medication is beneficial in helping reduce the likelihood of relapse in some patients. Suboxone is known as a medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which is used in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy and other “whole-patient” approaches to treatment.

March 6, 2019
What is it Like to Work in a Drug Rehab?

Many people wonder what it is like to work in a drug rehab facility. For most addiction specialists, the career path is a rewarding one. You get to help people rebuild their lives, often times from the bottom, back on up. You know the old saying: “rock bottom is a great place to build a […]

February 27, 2019
Most Common Drug Overdose Types in Texas:

Deaths from drug overdoses in the state of Texas have nearly tripled in the last 18 years. From 1999 to 2017, drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled from 1,087 to 2,979. This increase was across the board for all types of drugs, although methamphetamine and cocaine caused the most overdose deaths in the lone star state. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl are also rising as a cause of an increase of deaths for Texans.

February 7, 2019
What are some effective drug-addict rehabilitation centers?

If you or someone in your family is currently experiencing the disease of addiction, you want to find the best possible care. Choosing a drug rehab facility could be one of the most important health care decisions you make in your entire life. As you look for the most effective forms of treatment, you should consider programs that offer an evidence-based approach to their care.

February 5, 2019
How many times must someone go through rehab to stay sober?

Many people from all walks of life wish they could answer the question, “how do I stay sober?”. They wish really hard, don’t they? They really want to. And they will tell you so. But in reality, only a small percentage actually investigate what it actually takes. Half of all people will relapse as part of their recovery, at a slightly lower rate than other chronic illnesses.

January 31, 2019
How to Get an Affordable Drug Rehab for a Teen in the Houston, Texas Area

It is likely you have gone through an emotional rollercoaster upon finding out your teen was suffering with the disease of addiction. Maybe you found out that your son or daughter was not only experimenting with drugs and alcohol, but they had developed a full-blown chemical dependency that seems to have taken over every aspect of their life. The lying and secrecy you have experienced from your teenager lately makes you feel like this is no longer the child you once raised. Perhaps you don’t recognize the person they have become. The actions of someone suffering with a substance abuse disorder can have a ripple effect that will impact the entire family. Addiction often comes with self-destructive behaviors that only get worse over time, so now you have decided to take action and do research on how to help your child, whom you care so deeply for.

January 16, 2019
The Social Model of Addiction Recovery:

Science can now help us understand a complex combination of biological and psychosocial reinforcement mechanisms that all contribute to a substance abuse problem. With this depth of knowledge, we can find statistically effective techniques to treat addiction and other mental health issues.

December 29, 2018
How to Celebrate New Years Eve Sober. Tips for Recovering Addicts.

The holiday season for most recovering addicts can be the hardest time of the year, especially on New Year's Eve. Holidays in the United States are quite often characterized for their excess. Excessive partying, binge drinking, even excessive spending and worrying about debts and other responsibilities can cause a great amount of stress during this […]

December 18, 2018
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) & Addiction

Mental health issues and substance abuse are often deeply connected in the human brain. According to the NationalInstitute of Mental Health (NIMH), people who experience depression disorders, such as seasonal affective disorder are more likely to have a drug or alcohol abuse problem. As the days are shorter and the sunlight escapes our daily experience, […]

December 2, 2018
Regular exercise helps in addiction treatment and relapse prevention.

Cardiovascular exercise can help in addiction treatment and relapse prevention strategies. Scientists at the University of Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions have identified how cardiovascular exercise can support rehab treatment for those struggling with addiction. In a study carried out on animals, researchers discovered that regular exercise targets areas of the brain that control dopamine. […]

November 21, 2018
Tips For a Recovering Addict During the Holiday Season

You’ve heard of black Friday, but what about blackout Wednesday? That’s right, the holidays are often the most inebriated times of the year for many Texans. Overindulgence is common and the holiday season presents a unique challenge for people who are recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction. As people get into the holiday spirit, […]

October 24, 2018
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: October 27, 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018, Texas Collection Sites for National RX Take Back Day: The United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, (10/27/18). It has been set aside for the safe, convenient disposal of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs. On the DEA’s website, you will find a list of […]

September 21, 2018
What is Fentanyl?

What Is Fentanyl And Why Is It So Deadly? As the opioid crisis wages on and a record number of people are dying each and every day from drug overdoses, fentanyl is making news headlines. It is popping up in all sorts of illicit street drugs from heroin, LSD, cocaine, Xanax and even synthetic marijuana […]

September 9, 2018
CDC Report: Record Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in 2017

New CDC Report Shows Record Number of Overdoses in 2017 Drug overdose deaths in the United States topped 72,000 in 2017 according to a new Center for Disease Control report, an increase of nearly 10 percent from 2016. These numbers translate into 200 deaths per day in the US for drug overdoses, or one every […]

August 31, 2018
Meth Abuse In Texas, What Can We Do?

Difficult but Possible: Meth Rehab In Texas Although the national conversation of drug abuse and overdose deaths has been focused on the opioid crisis, methamphetamines are still the leading killer for Texans. 715 people overdosed on meth in Texas in 2016.  This is compared to the 539 who overdosed on heroin in Texas in 2016. […]

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