what are opiates

What Are Opiates And Why Are They Addictive?

What are opiates, and what makes them dangerous? You might have heard about the “opiate crisis.” Maybe you’ve even had someone in your life struggle from opiate addiction. But you also know that opiates are often prescribed by doctors. How could a prescription medication come with so many issues? The answer lies in understanding what…

what is rehab like

What Is Rehab Like? Your Guide to a Day in Rehab

Are you considering treatment options for an alcohol or drug problem? Addiction is a harrowing disease that has been linked to major health risks, including death. In 2015, alcohol-related deaths claimed the lives of 88,000 Americans, according to U.S. News. And, projections for the following year show that drug-related deaths were expected to reach almost…

risks of underage drinking

What Are the Risks of Underage Drinking?

For some parents, the thought of their child drinking is preposterous. However, it turns out that young people aged 12 to 20 drink 11% of the alcohol consumed in the country. Adolescents often have to deal with peer pressure and feel they need to drink to fit in. If allowed to get out of control,…


Alcohol Use Disorder

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking is up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. SAMHSA defines heavy drinking as drinking 5 or more drinks on the same occasion on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days. When one…


Drugs and Driving

When one uses illicit drugs or misuses prescription drugs behind the wheel, driving can be unsafe just as drunk driving is unsafe. Drugged driving puts all who share the road at risk, including the driver and any passengers. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2016, 11.8 million people…


Substance Abuse in the Military

According to the 2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors among Active Duty Military Personnel, 2.3 percent of military personnel were past-month users of an illicit drug, compared with 12 percent of civilians. A policy of zero tolerance for drug use among DoD personnel was instituted in 1982. However, in spite of the…