Is Addiction A Disease?

Is Addiction a Disease?

Addiction is characterized by brain changes that lead to compulsive drug-seeking behaviors despite the problems the drug use causes. But is addiction a disease? The medical community has widely accepted the Disease Theory of Alcoholism since it was embraced after World War II, but is the theory still sound?

How is Addiction a Disease?

8 Signs of a Quality Treatment Center

8 Signs of a Quality Treatment Center

Addiction affects every corner of one’s life, from relationships and finances to legal and health status. Choosing the best outpatient drug rehab Los Angeles offers is central to successful recovery. Here are eight signs of a quality outpatient treatment center.

1. Accreditations

The best outpatient drug rehab Los Angeles offers will be a program that’s accredited.

The Federal Government’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic

The Federal Government’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic

On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2016, around 42,000 people lost their lives to overdose deaths related to heroin, prescription painkillers and illegally manufactured fentanyl—a five-fold increase since 1999. The opioid crisis isn’t slowing down, and preliminary reports show that overdose deaths for 2017 are on track to be around 30 percent higher than in 2016.

What Is Patient Brokering?

What is Patient Brokering?

It is a privilege and a responsibility to be a part of someone’s addiction recovery. Most substance abuse treatment providers take this responsibility seriously and are dedicated to the recovery of their patients and their patients’ families. Unfortunately, there is a sector of treatment providers whose quest for profits outweighs the trust of people and families in crisis.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: Genetic Risks

Adult Children of Alcoholics: Genetic Risks

Growing up with a parent who suffers from an alcohol use disorder can reverse family roles so that a child feels more like the responsible person in the relationship. Adult children of alcoholics have grown up with a very different childhood and adolescence than those who do not have a parent who abuses alcohol.

In addition to personality and emotional changes,

Alcohol Abuse and Dementia: 6 Things You Didn't Know

Alcohol Abuse and Dementia: 6 Things You Didn’t Know

While there are many health risks connected to alcohol abuse, alcohol-induced dementia is particularly grim. Also known as Korsakoff syndrome, alcohol-induced dementia is often the result of a chronic thiamine deficiency that causes changes in the brain that affect memory. The following are important facts to know about alcohol abuse and dementia.

Thiamine Deficiency Can Lead to Wernicke Encephalopathy

Alcohol-induced dementia is most commonly due to prolonged thiamine deficiency.