Does My Addiction to My Depression Meds Count as a Dual Diagnosis?

Addiction is not a simple disease. To stop using drugs requires more than good intentions or having a lot of willpower. In fact, drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse that makes … [Read more...]

Early Sobriety: How Chaos Can Slowly Ease into Calm

When you first get sober, it is a very difficult time. Your life was completely out of control with substance abuse, and now you are finding clarity, feeling better part of the time and yet also feeling … [Read more...]

Methadone’s Effect on Serotonin

Found throughout the body and brain, serotonin is an invaluable neurotransmitter that influences many of the body's most important functions. It may affect how quickly wounds heal, and it contributes to … [Read more...]

How Art Therapy Is a Healthy Outlet

The benefits of art in therapy and addiction treatment has long been recognized, but the practice has gone underutilized. In the early 1900s, art was used “to provide a creative and relaxing release … [Read more...]

Methadone Abuse and Brain Injuries

Opioid abuse damages the body’s natural ability to cope with pain. That is why withdrawal from drugs such as heroin and prescription pain pills can be excruciating. Once the levels of opioids in the … [Read more...]

Is Depression the Root Cause of Methadone Abuse?

Methadone is an extended-release opioid that treats chronic pain and helps opiate addicts recover. Despite its long history of use in addiction treatment, this drug is addictive, so abusing it can be dangerous. … [Read more...]

Can Methadone Interact with My Anti-Depressant?

Methadone is an opioid (narcotic) analgesic (painkiller) that many people use to treat heroin or opiate addiction. It has a very long half-life, which means that it stays in an individual's system for … [Read more...]

What Methadone Does to Your Brain Chemistry

Methadone has been used to treat opiate addiction in the US for over fifty years. While it is very effective when used this way, the drug can also be used recreationally and contributes to the death of … [Read more...]

Can Methadone Cause a Mental Health Relapse?

Mental health and brain chemistry are closely linked. Some drugs that affect brain chemistry can treat mental health problems, but such drugs can also create a mental health problem, or it can cause a … [Read more...]

Why Methadone Addiction Leads to Compulsive Behavior

Methadone is an opioid narcotic that treats severe pain and opioid addiction. It treats opioid addiction because it is a weak opioid, so it can help addicts taper from stronger drugs. When doctors use … [Read more...]