a man holds his head in his hands and thinks about depressants vs stimulants

Depressants vs Stimulants

Looking at depressants vs. stimulants is interesting as they are both large categorization of legal and illegal drugs. This distinction is based on whether the substance in question depresses or stimulates the CNS (central nervous system). Although these two categories of drugs deliver effects at opposite ends of the spectrum, there are also some commonalities…

man hugging his child using advice for parents whose child is addicted

How to Help a Child with Drug Addiction

For many people wondering how to help a child with drug addiction, just knowing where to start is perhaps the biggest barrier.  With NIDA reporting that almost 25% of 18 to 20-year-olds abuse illicit substances, and SAMHSA data showing over 20 million people in the United States with substance use disorder, addiction does not discriminate. …

group therapy session during aftercare for addiction treatment

Aftercare Rehab Program for Substance Abuse

The best aftercare rehab program accounts for the fact recovery is an ongoing process rather than a single event.  Recovery aftercare is an umbrella term used to describe all types of care you may receive once you finish an addiction treatment program and leave rehab.  Here’s a snapshot of some of the most common types…

A man walks on a log and thinks about the benefits of adventure therapy

Adventure Therapy Benefits

You’re about to begin the journey through sobriety. You want to stop focusing on your need for the drugs or alcohol that took control of your life. However, you’re not sure where to start. Then, your counselor suggests trying adventure therapy. You wonder, what is adventure therapy, and what are the benefits of adventure therapy?…

an image of a brain scan showing marijuana brain damage

Marijuana Brain Damage

Marijuana brain damage is an issue with current research throwing up conflicting results.  What is much clearer is that marijuana has the potential for abuse, and as the most commonly abused addictive substance after tobacco and alcohol, it’s worth exploring the link between marijuana and brain damage.  Today, we’ll explore what that scientific research yields,…