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…

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,…

Dangers of Combining Opioids and Benzos

Dangers of Combining Opioids and Benzos

Combining drugs is always risky. Opioids and benzos (benzodiazepines) have risks when used on their own. When mixed, prescription opiates, like hydrocodone, and Xanax, a strong benzo with a short half-life, can have intense and unpredictable side effects. If someone you know is experimenting with dangerous combinations of drugs like opioids and benzos, we encourage…

Vyvanse: Uses, Side Effects, & Dosages— Why Is It So Popular Among Americans?

Vyvanse: Uses, Side Effects, & Dosages— Why Is It So Popular Among Americans?

What Is Vyvanse: Vyvanse Uses & Dosages  Vyvanse is a prescription medication used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Binge Eating Disorder (BED). It works as a central nervous system stimulant. Vyvanse is taken by mouth in the form of a chewable tablet or capsule, and these can range…

9 Signs That Someone Needs To Go To Methamphetamine Rehab

9 Signs That Someone Needs To Go To Methamphetamine Rehab

Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive psychostimulant drug. Tolerance to meth can be developed quickly, leading a meth user to depend on more and more of the substance to feel its effects. As tolerance increases and larger quantities of the drug are taken, physical dependence and addiction develop. Meth produces an intense but short-lived high that…

Medication-Assisted Treatment Options for Alcoholism

Medication-Assisted Treatment Options for Alcoholism

Not everyone is aware that there are medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options for alcoholism. It’s important to keep in mind that these treatment options are not a cure for an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Medications are used to help individuals who struggle with alcoholism get their lives back on track. This is similar to the way…

Risks of “Speedballing”

Risks of “Speedballing”

There are many risks and dangers of combining substances. One of the original uses for the term “speedballing” specifically referred to the combination of cocaine and heroin. The meaning of “speedballing” has shifted over time but the basic concept remains. In the case of cocaine and heroin, an individual is abusing a combination of a…