Why Does Crack Cause Aggression?

Drugs impact people in a variety of unanticipated ways. Even naturally calm people may become aggressive when using certain drugs like crack cocaine. If you use crack, you might find yourself lashing out and experiencing unexpected bursts of anger. You may even become unintentionally violent and find yourself in legal trouble as a result. How does crack impact the brain … Read More

Pros and Cons of Using Ativan to Treat Alcohol Withdrawal

Ativan can help those with an alcohol use disorder get healthier as they go through withdrawal. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be uncomfortable, painful and even life-threatening in some cases. The most common symptoms are a rapid heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, tremors and exhaustion. Some of the more dangerous symptoms include hallucinations, panic and seizures. One way to … Read More

Study Finds Children are Collateral Victims of Opioid Epidemic

Study Finds Children are Collateral Victims of Opioid Epidemic

As the opioid crisis continues, an increasing number of children are harmed. The number of American children dying from opioid poisoning has tripled in the last 18 years, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Nearly 9,000 children ages 0 to 19 lost their lives because of opioids between 1999 and 2016 in the United … Read More

Exploring the Connection between Domestic Violence and Addiction in Colorado

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Domestic violence: It’s such a difficult topic, yet according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million women and men will experience domestic violence from an intimate partner every year. This does not include those who might experience violence from other relatives, nor does it include those who have experienced violence as children or in past relationships. … Read More

What Happens in a CRAFT Intervention?

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When most people think of an intervention, they probably envision a confrontational, one-time event in which friends and family members try to convince someone with a substance use disorder to enter treatment. While these types of interventions can be effective in some cases, they often backfire and cause the person struggling with addiction to feel like everyone is against them. … Read More

Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction: Exploring the Vicious Cycle

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There has been much discussion in the treatment community about whether depression and anxiety disorders contribute to addiction or addiction can be a cause of depression and anxiety. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It turns out that often, depression, anxiety and addiction create a vicious cycle in which all of them become entwined and difficult to separate. … Read More

Can A Colorado Employer Enforce Drug Testing Policies?

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Most American workers are familiar with the concept of workplace drug testing. It is not uncommon to consent to a pre-employment drug screening and random drug testing during the tenure of employment with most companies. However, you may not be familiar with what the specific rules of drug testing in the workplace actually entail. What rights do you have as … Read More

3 Common Excuses Not to Go To Rehab

Making the life-changing choice to enter a professional drug rehab program is far from easy for most people. Like any major life change, there may be many perceived barriers to rehab that can create numerous excuses to stay deeply entrenched in the disease. Only ten percent of individuals who are struggling with a substance use disorder in the United States … Read More

Should I Tell My Employer about My Substance Use Disorder?

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According to U.S. News and World Report, 76 percent of those who have a substance use disorder are employed. Naturally, many of them are reluctant to tell their employers about their substance use because they are afraid it will jeopardize their job or career. What are the benefits and drawbacks of telling an employer about your substance use disorder? Employers … Read More

Who Is Most Likely to Have Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder?

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Studies have shown that it is common for substance use disorder to co-occur with bipolar disorder, with more than 40 percent of those with bipolar disorder also misusing alcohol, 20 percent misusing cannabis, and smaller percentages misusing various other drugs. While men and women develop bipolar disorder at roughly equal rates, more men than women have co-occurring substance use disorder … Read More