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When Help Becomes Harm for Celebrities and Lorazepam

By Cindy Coloma Behind the red carpet poses, the confident interviews and the crafted performances, many celebrities have a hidden secret of prescription drug use to combat debilitating anxiety. Lorazepam is one drug often used to ease symptoms of performance anxiety. However, if used incorrectly, the results can be deadly. In May 2017, rock musician […]

Pressure and Expectation

As individuals consider or pursue recovery from substance abuse, expectations and pressures arise. Some of these pressures and expectations are great—they include internal or external pressures to get healthy for yourself and your loved ones and dreams and expectations of the benefits of a drug-free life. Pressures and expectations keep people going through challenging times […]

Am I Depressed?

By Patti Richards It’s a bright sunny morning, but you can’t see anything but clouds. You try to get out of bed, but your legs feel heavy and taking even one step is exhausting. You hear your family laughing, but the distance between your room and the kitchen seems like a thousand miles. If you […]

Learning to Trust the Method in Treatment

Trust is an essential component of any relationship; when it comes to addiction treatment, it is vital to commit to the care that professionals plan. In fact, Penn State’s Center for Economic and Community Development explains that a lack of trust means individuals are less likely to participate or engage in a relationship, program or […]

How Does Alcohol Abuse Damage the Body?

Alcohol, prescription drugs like lorazepam and recreational drugs are all known to harm the body, and while some of the damage these commonly misused substances do is universal, other damage is specific to the substance involved. Alcohol is a drug that creates long and short-term damage as it moves through the body. While intoxication is […]

Will I Succeed in Rehab if I’m Antisocial?

The best rehab programs are warm, welcoming and understanding of the fears, the personal history and the future hopes you bring with you. They will help you succeed in recovery, and they will never do so in a coercive or aggressively confrontational manner. Addiction recovery does require work and asks you to face personal challenges, […]

How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Combat Veteran

Experiencing trauma, no matter the cause, can result in a condition known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); however, for people in the military who have experienced combat, the condition can be even more severe than usual. With PTSD, even the smallest noises or changes in routine can bring on nightmares, flashbacks and extreme anxiety, but […]

Giving Back: Why Giving Is a Great Way to Receive

Volunteering is great for the community and individuals it serves, but it also turns out to serve those who do the serving. Giving one’s time, money, expertise and energy yields many benefits, such as better mental and physical health along with a sense of purpose. Such work also creates healthy support as people recover from […]

Does There Need to Be an Emergency to Get Me into Rehab?

Now is the best time to begin treatment for substance abuse, as there is never a good reason to wait. If you put off rehab, then you will probably experience serious consequences or even emergencies before getting help or being legally required to do so. On the other hand, if you take action early in […]

Why Families of Addicts Should Seek Counseling for Codependency

To see how codependency affects individual addiction patterns and overall family health, you must first know what codependency is. The definition of codependency has changed over time; Mental Health America explains that, “originally, ‘co-dependent’ was a term used to describe partners in chemical dependency, persons living with, or in a relationship with an addicted person. […]