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What Makes Cocaine and Methamphetamine so Dangerous?

Cocaine and methamphetamine will cause an individual to seem extremely alert and have increased energy along with increased heart rate and blood pressure. I remember the first person I encountered as a doctor in the Med ER who was on cocaine. It was the mid-1990s in Memphis, and people came to the ER every night […]

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The Most Important Thing for You to Do for Your Sobriety During Tough Times

Keeping Your Sobriety When Life is Tough One of the biggest challenges people face is when things in life get hard. Things like COVID-19, or when family crises arise, when financial hiccups happen, when career and job life is stressful, it can be difficult for people dealing with addiction for several reasons. Stress is a […]

War on Drugs

A Brief Lesson in the War on Drugs

Since the war on drugs began almost 50 years ago, we have learned much about the science of addiction. Today, we know that when an adolescent is exposed to substances that produce pleasure chemically, the individual’s brain undergoes permanent changes regarding their balance of pleasure and pain. The typical response to substances that cause the […]

How to choose a rehab facility

Principle of 5: 5 Things to Do in Recovery Every Day

How to Plan a Successful Recovery  When it comes to working with a certified addiction counselor on your recovery, you’ll quickly learn that it’s more than just avoiding alcohol or drugs; it’s about replacing alcohol and drugs with positive things that give your life meaning and help you stay happy and healthy. One of the […]

What quality addiction treatment looks like

What Does High-Quality Addiction Treatment Look Like? 

The most cost-effective, humane, and efficient way to provide medical care involves providing holistic, evidence-based care to people who need it from the start. It’s vital to view health and address illness from the get-go, rather than to play “catch-up” on the back end after disease processes have become more advanced, more complicated, and more […]

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What to look for in an addiction recovery center

Choosing The Right Recovery Center Choosing the best rehabilitation center for you is a difficult but important first step towards getting the treatment you need. Treatment for addiction and dependency is a very personal experience. A treatment center that is successful for one person may not be the right fit for another person. Researching your choices […]

Cost of Treatment

What Is the Cost of Addiction Treatment?

Problematic use of alcohol or other drugs results in adverse health consequences and serious social concerns. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of persons with substance use disorders seek treatment. Addiction treatment costs depend on several factors, and it is critical to know the type and severity of addiction illness in order to access suitable treatment services. Substance use in the US remains widespread, costing the nation over $600 billion every […]

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MAT in Minority Groups

In an effort to improve treatment for everyone, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), especially as it relates to the treatment of opioid use disorder, is something people have varying opinions on and especially as it’s concerned to minority groups – is it accessible to them like it should be? Our own, Dr. Brent Boyett and Dr. Steven […]

Ketamine

What is Ketamine?

Overview Ketamine is a popular club drug that got its start in the 1960s as an anesthesia medicine during the Vietnam War. Today, it is making strides as a popular drug for treating severe depression, but is it safe? Ketamine and the Brain It’s essential to understand how ketamine works in the brain. Once ingested, […]

Stay sober this summer with these tips

Five Tips for Alcoholics to Stay Sober

The arrival of summer brings warmer temperatures, which makes it perfect for outdoor events, such as weddings, backyard barbeques, and staff retreats. It’s a time when people will serve beer, wine and liquor and other beverages to celebrate with their loved ones. While this may not seem to be an issue for some people, it […]