Synthetic Opioids and The Dark Web: What Is the Playing Field Now?

On a cool October afternoon in 2013, FBI officials announced their arrest of 29-year old Ross Williams Ulbricht, better known by his internet pseudonym, Dead Pirate Roberts, in San Francisco, CA. Ulbricht was subsequently unmasked as the head administrator of the...

Consultation and Referrals: All Roads Lead to Rome

In the realm of health insurance, there are several options for drug and alcohol treatment. Most private and public insurance providers are willing to cover a portion of an individual’s treatment payments. This is because most healthcare providers view treatment as...

Compulsive Behavior: Traits of Addiction Outside Substance Abuse

There are times in our profession where we must shift our focus away from substance abuse, but rather on behaviors that are both repetitive and often times pathological. With our attention diverted away from these harmful substances, we can then turn our focus to...

Goals Of Family Treatment: An Examination Of Approach

It has often been stated that addiction is a family disease. This essentially means that the abuse of drugs and alcohol has a great effect on every member of the family, not just the addict and alcoholic. Statistics dictate that over a quarter of the families in the...

The Addiction Of Compulsive And Pathological Gambling

  When we start to examine addiction and how it takes its hold on our society, we must be weary not to limit ourselves to the scope of just drugs and alcohol. In fact, recent phycological studies have shown that there are several similarities to chemical...

Harm Reduction

In the realm of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, there has been a lot of talk concerning harm reduction, especially when it relates to opiate addicts and other intravenous drug users. Essentially what harm reduction entails is some carefully planned strategic...

Finding a Spiritual Path

In the depths of the darkest places I took myself in addiction, where all hope was lost, I completely disregarded spirituality as something that could be beneficial in my life.  As I grew further and further away from a conscious contact with something greater than...

Alcoholism: A Perpetual Struggle for Americans

    When we consider the nation in its entirety, it is estimated that more than 30 percent of adults in the United States abused alcohol in one way or another, according to recent government survey’s. That’s almost a third of the entire nation. That’s over...