It’s no secret that many people with substance use issues are confused as to how to label their problematic behavior: is it abuse or dependence? And, what’s the difference anyway? Mental healthcare professionals struggle with these terms themselves—and when it comes to getting insurance to pay for any type of treatment for substance use disorders,.. read more →

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that creates an irregular behavioral pattern involving severe mood shifts. Many people who have bipolar disorder also struggle with a substance abuse problem. People with bipolar disorder often use drugs in an effort to self-medicate to relieve the difficult symptoms of bipolar disorder, developing a dangerous cycle of drug.. read more →

There’s a certain accepted truth regarding those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction: they have to hit rock bottom before they can begin to get better. The theory is this: in order to acquire the mental state necessary to make real change in their lives, addicts have to be given the gift of desperation, and.. read more →

Most parents dread the day when they know they must sit down with their kids and have chats about uncomfortable adult situations, which nowadays often arrive long before adulthood. Among the many subjects that are likely to be broached between parent and child, there are two big whoppers that really stand out: sex and drugs. read more →

Vicodin is one of the most widely prescribed prescription drug painkillers in the country, with 131 million doses prescribed in 2011. Unfortunately, many of these prescriptions are unnecessary, and they are producing an abundance of people suffering from Vicodin addiction. Consider this scenario, which plays out in one version or another on any given day.. read more →

After a relative lull in heroin abuse during the first part of the new millennium, this notorious street drug is making an explosive resurgence. Police all across America are reporting a sharp uptick in heroin arrests. In Florida–and in Broward County in particular­–one very specific reason is being cited for the unwanted revival: oxycodone. Specifically,.. read more →

What is GHB? Also known as gamma hydroxybutyric acid, GHB is a central nervous system depressant that is commonly referred to as a “club drug” or a “date rape” drug. GHB is one of many drugs abused by teens and young adults at bars and clubs—venues common to the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami nightlife landscape read more →

Celebrity deaths from prescription drugs have been increasingly reported in the news over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, the untimely deaths of mega-stars such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Heath Ledger only highlight the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and drug-related deaths throughout the United States. read more →

In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, we discussed five of the most commonly abused prescription drugs, including the symptoms of their abuse that lead to drug addiction. Today, we conclude our blog series with five additional prescription drugs that have been heavily abused in recent years according to the CDC. read more →

Prescription drug addiction is on the rise throughout America. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that about 48 million people (20% of the US population) have used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes in their lifetime. Prescription drug abuse is highest among Americans aged 18 to 25. read more →