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Author : Kristen Fuller, MD

Jobs with the Highest Addiction Rate and Why This is Important for Your Recovery

Reading Time: 5 Minutes A variety of factors, such as genetics, an underlying co-occurring disorder, and environmental stressors cause drug and alcohol addiction. Environmental stressors can be past trauma, financial strain, divorce, or a big life change that can contribute to drug and alcohol addiction. People may use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate when dealing with these intense stressors, […]

In the News: Drug Dealers Using Dating Apps to Sell Drugs

Reading Time: 4 Minutes Social media apps such as Snapchat have a long history of being used to buy and sell drugs. However, another trend has emerged in recent years: using popular dating apps to push illegal substances.  While dating apps are supposed to be a place to find love, they are no stranger to controversy. Studies published in […]

It’s Important to Be Honest About Substance Use with Your Doctors: Here’s Why

Reading Time: 4 Minutes We often tell “little white lies” to our healthcare providers in terms of our diet, exercise, taking our medications as prescribed, and the amount of alcohol (and if we consume any drugs) we drink. We may say that we eat healthy, but in reality, we have a soft spot for fried food and drive-thru restaurants. […]

Care Courts in California to Combat Mental Health Substance Abuse Disorders

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Court is a new program in California that launched in October 2023 and slowly rolled out throughout the year to other counties to help people with mental health and substance use disorders get the support they need while combating California’s homeless crisis. Eight counties are enrolled in this plan: […]

The Relationship Between Instant Dopamine and Addiction and Earned Dopamine and Recovery

Reading Time: 4 Minutes What do drugs, alcohol, sex, social media, and food all have in common? They all create the same “instant feel good” response in our brains. Fueled by the neurotransmitter dopamine, pleasurable activities significantly impact our brains’ reward and motivation center. Dopamine is a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) released from your nucleus accumbens, a tiny structure within […]

Addiction Recovery is Not Linear, Here’s Why

Reading Time: 5 Minutes In the world of addiction recovery, the path often meanders rather than runs straight. There are ups and downs, progress and setbacks, and because addiction is a complicated disease, recovery is not a streamlined journey. Addiction is not only a physical dependence on substances; it intertwines with mental health, emotional well-being, and environmental triggers, forming […]

Should You Travel to Another State for Recovery Treatment?

Reading Time: 4 Minutes Benefits Of Traveling Out-Of-State To Go To Rehab: Out-of-state treatment can be very effective. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, choosing the right rehab can seem daunting. From the insurance and financial aspects to choosing how much time and which level of care is best for you, the decision to […]

Romance in Addiction Recovery

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Romance in Addiction Recovery: Pitfalls of Dating in the First Year of Sobriety In the early stages of recovery from addiction, healthy relationships and being true to yourself and your recovery are essential for your well-being and sobriety. As humans, we are social creatures and want to connect with others on a platonic or romantic […]

Is My Adderall Causing My Anxiety?

Reading Time: 4 Minutes Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an estimated 4% of the world’s population. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood however it is a lifelong disorder. It is characterized by patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can make it difficult for you to pay attention and control your behaviors.   You […]

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Residential Treatment

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of prescription medications in addiction treatment to alleviate withdrawal symptoms associated with dependence urges and cravings associated with addiction. Alcohol and drug withdrawal side effects can be very uncomfortable and even life-threatening. By providing relief through medications, people have a higher chance of overcoming their addiction and becoming more […]

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