Supporting a Spouse in Inpatient Drug Rehab

Addiction recovery can be just as difficult for a spouse as it is for the addict. We like to think that everything gets better immediately after an addict enters inpatient drug rehab, but the hard truth is that rehab comes with its own set of problems. The early stages of recovery can put a strain… Continue reading Supporting a Spouse in Inpatient Drug Rehab

The Advantages of Inpatient Substance Abuse Programs

When an addict decides it’s time to enter rehab, the first step is to choose what type of treatment program is best. There are advantages to both outpatient and inpatient substance abuse programs, but inpatient is usually the best choice for addicts whose problems are particularly severe and long-lasting. The treatment in inpatient substance abuse… Continue reading The Advantages of Inpatient Substance Abuse Programs

Drug Intervention: Formal or Informal?

Addiction recovery specialists recognize two types of drug intervention. There are formal interventions, which involve a high level of organization and planning; and there are informal inventions, which usually occur when a perfect occasion to have a talk arises unexpectedly. In both cases, an intervention should occur whenever you feel the time is right. If… Continue reading Drug Intervention: Formal or Informal?

Getting Help for Your Addicted Teen

If you are concerned that your teenager is abusing alcohol or drugs, it is never too early to act to get him or her help for teen addiction.  While teenagers might not admit to a problem, and most certainly may not want your help, your responsibility as a parent is to do whatever you can… Continue reading Getting Help for Your Addicted Teen

Health Consequences of Teen Drug Addiction

Teenagers can be naïve about many things, and one area that this is most obvious is in their belief that they are indestructible.  They don’t recognize that their behavior has consequences, and that some of those consequences can be to their health, or even their very life. Using drugs and alcohol tends to be one… Continue reading Health Consequences of Teen Drug Addiction

Is It Okay to Snoop on Your Teenager?

If you are the parent of a teenager who you suspect may be using drugs or alcohol, is it okay for you to snoop into your child’s bedroom and personal belongings?  Just asking the question can be controversial, and the answer will vary depending on the respondent. It is only natural that the parent might… Continue reading Is It Okay to Snoop on Your Teenager?

How to Recognize Signs of Teen Drug Addiction

On the surface you might think that it is easy to recognize a teenager who abuses drugs.  If you believe only in the stereotype of the drug addict as portrayed on television, you would likely miss many of the symptoms that are common in teenagers. However, as any adult can tell you, the teenage years… Continue reading How to Recognize Signs of Teen Drug Addiction

Is Marijuana a Stepping Stone Drug?

There is a lot of debate out there about whether or not marijuana is a stepping stone drug. If you haven’t heard of this term before, a “stepping stone drug” leads to the use or abuse of other harder drugs. This is also often referred to as a “gateway drug.” The truth is that often… Continue reading Is Marijuana a Stepping Stone Drug?

Detox and Rehab FAQs

What are detox and rehab? Detox is the process that cleanses the body of a substance that has been abused.  It begins when an addicted person stops using the abused substance continues until the most serious physical symptoms of withdrawal have abated.  Rehab refers to a rehabilitation treatment program that follows detox.  It may consist… Continue reading Detox and Rehab FAQs

What to Look for in a Residential Rehab Facility

Choosing to undergo residential rehab treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction is a life-changing decision.  The next step is finding a residential rehab facility.  Family members or friends are often the ones who select a residential rehab facility for a loved one who is suffering from addiction.  In order to get the most effective treatment… Continue reading What to Look for in a Residential Rehab Facility