Finding New Connections: The Importance of Community in Recovery

Finding New Connections: The Importance of Community in Recovery

In a TedTalk given in 2015, British-Swiss journalist and writer Johann Hari stated that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is human connection. This TedTalk has since become increasingly popular, and this phrase and idea of the importance of connection in relation to addiction has grown in traction. Isolation is a common part…

7 Effective Rehab Resources to Help With Substance Abuse in NC

7 Effective Rehab Resources to Help With Substance Abuse in NC

Addiction is defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance…

Prescription Drugs: The Complete Guide to Weaning Off Medications

Prescription Drugs: The Complete Guide to Weaning Off Medications

Research published by the Center for Disease Control in 2016 showed that 45.8% of the U.S. population used prescription drugs in the past 30 days. While not all prescription drugs are addictive, many are. Even those that are not addictive can pose problems if a person abruptly stops taking them, so it is important to…

Relapse Does Not Equal Failure

Relapse Does Not Equal Failure

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, anywhere from 40-60%  of individuals struggling with addiction will experience relapse. Though by no means a necessary experience on the path to recovery, it is nonetheless a very common one. It is important to know that relapse does not indicate that a person will never be able…

How to Choose the Best Treatment Center in Asheville, N.C.

How to Choose the Best Treatment Center in Asheville, N.C.

We live in a time when options for addiction treatment are plentiful, and there are many different treatment centers to choose from. Many decisions need to be made when selecting the best treatment center for an individual, including determining location, duration, cost, treatment therapies, level of care, and more. It may feel overwhelming at first,…

How Dangerous is Combining Meth and Cocaine?

How Dangerous is Combining Meth and Cocaine?

Stimulant abuse has become increasingly problematic. After the crack down on pseudoephedrine that was used for a long period of time to create “street meth”, powerful drug cartels have created large-scale operations using alternative techniques. Studies have found that methamphetamine (meth) involved overdoses have tripled in recent years. The study notes that aside from the…

What Does Cocaine Withdrawal Feel Like?

What Does Cocaine Withdrawal Feel Like?

Withdrawal effects vary from drug to drug. Cocaine withdrawal is known to have a particularly unpleasant “come down”. Those who abuse cocaine are known to try to offset the negative feelings associated with stimulant withdrawal using anti-anxiety medications like benzodiazepines (benzos). Adding another drug, in this case a depressant or downer, introduces further complications and…