a person lays in bed looking sad and faraway as they grapple with the Long term effects of abusing prescription drugs

Long-Term Effects of Abusing Prescription Drugs

Prescription medications provide enormous symptom relief to millions of people every year. However, their benefits are dampened by how addictive and habit-forming they can be. Drug abuse all too often begins with a valid prescription. The long-term effects of abusing prescription drugs can be catastrophic to a person’s health. The longer someone uses these substances,…

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Women’s Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

Fentanyl is a type of opioid that is incredibly powerful. It is many times more potent than morphine and exponentially stronger than the types of opioids prescribed for pain relief like oxycontin and codeine. Recent data indicates that over 100 people die in the United States every day from opioid overdoses, with fentanyl being the…

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Do Partial Hospitalization Programs Actually Work?

A partial hospitalization program, or PHP for short, is a type of intensive outpatient addiction treatment. Clients spend up to six hours per day every day of the week attending on-site treatment, accessing therapy, and getting help with medication management. But does PHP work? The simple answer is yes. The more complex answer is yes,…

a woman attends group therapy in her partial hospitalization program

What to Expect in a Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are a type of outpatient addiction treatment. They are often considered the most intense form of outpatient. Clients access care for as much as 30 hours per week spread across four to six days. PHPs are commonly used as a step down from inpatient treatment. However, they can also be implemented…

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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…

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.…