a woman finds comfort in the 11th step of AA

Explaining the 11th Step of AA’s 12-Step Program

The 11th step of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-step program says this: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.“ AA is careful to indicate that while the program leans into…

Does adderall lower your immune system

Does Adderall Lower Your Immune System?

Did you know that Adderall misuse can affect the immune system? If you or someone you care about is struggling with Adderall misuse, a prescription drug addiction treatment program may be worth considering. The immune system is a group of glands and organs that work together to protect the body against infection and illness. When…

Top 10 abused prescription drugs

The Top 10 Most Abused Prescription Drugs

You may think that only illicit drugs are dangerous. However, why are there prescription drug addiction treatment programs if that’s true? Sometimes, even drugs you can legally obtain are highly addictive. This is a public health issue at this point — the U.S. is dealing with an opioid epidemic, in part due to prescription opioids.…

Massachusetts opioid statistics

Massachusetts Opioid Statistics

In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that people would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers. As a result, healthcare professionals began to prescribe opioids at greater rates. About two decades later, opioid drug addiction treatment programs help more than a million Americans struggling with opioid misuse yearly. In 2017, the…

Unresolved trauma

How to Deal with Unresolved Trauma Without Abusing Substances

Before you or someone you care about needs to consider trauma-informed substance abuse treatment programs to help them overcome an addiction, it may be worth dealing with long-unresolved trauma. Dealing with trauma means decreasing the chances of developing an addiction. But it can also help with overall health and wellness. For example, getting professional help…

How to overcome meth addiction

How to Overcome Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine, often called meth, is a potent central nervous system (CNS) stimulant chemically similar to other amphetamines. You may know the latter as Adderall or Dexedrine, medications often used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. However, recreational use of the drug is common. In 2019, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)…

How to overcome heroin addiction

How to Overcome Heroin Addiction

If you are looking into a heroin addiction treatment program for yourself or someone you care about, you’re already taking the first step toward overcoming a substance use disorder. Remember that heroin addiction treatment affects more than a patient’s quality of life — it can be the difference between life and death, as this type…