PREVENTING ADDICTION

The only foolproof way to prevent addiction is to refrain from substance use in the first place. For a variety of reasons, however, this solution may be impractical, and even impossible, for a large number of people. Fortunately, there are other steps that can be...

AVOIDING RELAPSE

Relapse is a common element in many chronic diseases and addiction is no exception. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that between 40% – 60% of addiction treatment patients suffer some form of relapse. This is just slightly higher than the...

TYPES OF TREATMENT PROGRAMS

While most professional substance addiction treatment programs contain the same basic elements, the specific details of each program can vary widely. It is important to evaluate each program based on your unique set of interests, circumstances, and situational...

TREATING A SUBSTANCE ADDICTION

There are a variety of different programs available to treat a substance addiction and the right treatment plan will vary based on an individual’s unique issues and circumstances. Nevertheless, there are several elements that are common to all programs and are widely...
COMMON SIGNS OF SUBSTANCE ADDICTION

COMMON SIGNS OF SUBSTANCE ADDICTION

Addiction is a severely undertreated disease in the United States. While there are many reasons why this is the case, the failure to recognize the signs of addiction in oneself or others undeniably plays a major role. Knowing these signs can help ensure that necessary...
RISK FACTORS FOR SUBSTANCE ADDICTION

RISK FACTORS FOR SUBSTANCE ADDICTION

Anyone can develop a substance addiction, regardless of age, sex, race, or socioeconomic status. Nevertheless, there are a variety of factors that may increase one’s vulnerability to addiction. These factors may include: Family History: While experts have not yet...