Like any other chronic illness, addiction is a disease of remission and relapse.
It's common for addicts to turn to new and old addictions this time of year, but there are ways to help.
Two years ago, Niki and her boyfriend Jessey moved to Florida where they say they now exist day-to-day, chasing their addictions
A newborn care facility at the epicenter of the opioid epidemic has become a national model for hospitals that are overflowing
When Kathy discovered that her son, Erik, was snorting heroin, she decided to give it a try, too. “I’m kind of embarrassed
Erik, 32, was living with his mom when she found out he was using heroin. “At first she was very angry about it,” he says
You are allowed to build a program of recovery that works for you.
Too many people are dying from accidental overdose in America today. If you even suspect that a loved one might be using, educate yourself on addiction. Intervene early and often. "Help" is letting the addict know that you care that they get treatment, today.
As anyone who gets sober after having spent most of his or her life drinking can attest, the original process is terrifying. I didn't admit to myself I was scared because I told myself I wasn't scared, let alone terrified, of anything. Without realizing it, I'd internalized the idea that I was not allowed to feel fear so instead it came up as other things: either that social anxiety or anger and sadness.
Yes, some addicts do walk into a treatment center or a 12-step support group and find that they are suddenly "struck sober," with the desire to drink/use/whatever swiftly and permanently removed. However, that is not the usual pathway to healing and a better life.