Buprenorphine (more commonly known by its brand names, Suboxone, Subutex and Zubsolv) is one of just three federally approved medications to treat opioid addiction. But because of its intense narcotic effects, many people who are initially introduced to it as part of their tapering program...

An estimated 2.4 million people in the US struggle with prescription painkiller addiction, and almost half a million suffer from heroin addiction. Unfortunately, much of that has to do with the overprescription of opioid drugs – what starts as a legitimate prescription for treating pain...

When it comes to drug rehab, there are numerous paths to recovery, but the most effective healing happens when you’re taking care of your spiritual, psychological and physical needs. In other words, when you take an integrative approach to healing all aspects of yourself that have...

Cocaine is one of the most challenging drug addictions to overcome, with about 80 percent of people who try to quit experiencing relapse within the first six months. Thankfully, modern science and spirituality have developed a variety of effective methods for creating truly sustainable, holistic...

As modern science continues to study the evolution of drug addiction and its impact on the mind, we’ve come a long way from simply understanding that addiction hijacks the brain. In more recent years, we’ve also come to understand why alternative drug treatment is so...

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the standard treatments for heroin addiction are focused on pharmacological and behavioral treatments. Medications like Methodone and Naltrexone that were developed to treat opioid use disorders work through the same opioid receptors as the addictive drug, but...

Marijuana legalization initiatives swept the states in recent years, where recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states and medicinal marijuana is legal in 33. Yet, even though increasingly legal, it’s alarming that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that 18 percent of those...

When we think of addiction recovery, the 12-Step approach is often the first option that comes to mind. And while it works well for some, others struggle with this method. They may reach a certain place in their recovery and hit a plateau, find themselves...

With drug addiction being one of the leading causes of death in the US, it’s no surprise that the presence of 12-Step treatment centers is so pervasive nationwide. While the 12 Steps have their benefits, and have helped many people on their recovery path, they’re...

When you’re in the throes of active addiction, it’s hard to see your problems for what they are – let alone admit to others that you need help. Unfortunately, our culture isn’t always kind to people struggling with addiction, and the stigma surrounding it can...