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...

Many of us seek recovery when they experience a tipping point of some sort – a moment of clarity when our perspective shifts enough to make room for reality. That moment of reflection can be life-saving, leading us to reach out for help. But what...

In order to truly create sustainable and long-term recovery, it’s essential to explore alternative treatment options — namely those that integrate holistic healing methods with the latest developments in modern science, such as neuroplasticity (or the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural...

As incredible as life is, it also entails its fair share of suffering. Family pressures, work-related stress, relationship issues, societal expectations and the toxicities we so often encounter in modern society can easily lead to conditions like anxiety, depression and mood instability. And for many,...

Conventional treatment for addiction often takes the form of a 12-Step program, a method originally established by Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s based on the belief that we can’t, and will never be able to, control our addictions. A more holistic, integrative approach to addiction...