Virtually everyone at some time will require the need for a prescription analgesic for pain control. The most effective pain control is provided by opiates, which are naturally produced in small amounts in our own bodies, and are necessary for the normal functioning of our neurological system. Every brain has its own unique genetically- determined…

At this point, when it comes to chronic, severe pain, doctors are whipping out their prescription pads and prescribing an opioid drug known as Oxycontin. Because of its similar addictive qualities to heroin, this prescribed pain drug is extremely dangerous. There are even arguments that it should never be prescribed and that other pain management…

It’s bad enough to be addicted to one substance, but frequently addictions do not occur alone. The type of personality susceptible to one type of addiction is frequently defined as an “addictive” personality, which means there’s actually a physiological make-up that predisposes them to becoming addicted. That’s one reason that drug & alcohol rehab programs…

Homophobia and Heterosexism Having a general understanding of heterosexism, homophobia, and antigay bias is important for substance abuse treatment providers working with LGBT individuals. Alport (1952) defined prejudice as a negative attitude based on error and overgeneralization and identified the three interdependent states of acting out prejudice as verbal attacks, discrimination, and violence. Verbal attacks…

What Can Be Done To Help LGBT Clients? There are a number of ways that programs can adjust their policies and procedures to protect clients, educate them, and help them deal with the discrimination they may face. 1. Confidentiality Programs should establish written policies that ensure that information about sexual orientation is confidential. The policy…

Stage Two: Identity Comparison In stage two, Identity Comparison, people begin entertaining the possibility that they may be gay or lesbian. In this stage, anxiety can be considerable, as people deal with their denial about their sexuality. People in this stage are often in emotional pain and are quite vulnerable. Substance abuse may be the…

Gay Male Life Cycles and Relationships At each stage of their lives, gay men face challenges unique to being gay. Adolescents who are gay, bisexual, or questioning whether they are gay or bisexual, for example, face possible taunts or threats from their peers. Their families may reject them, and some gay youth run away from…

Individual with drug addiction continue to use their substances in the face of a long duration of critical consequences in significant areas of their lives, including medical problems, legal problems, relational problems, and employment problems. The drive to use often is stronger than one’s love for a significant other or a child; stronger than loyalty…

Successful Drug Rehab Programs in Your Area It doesn’t matter where you live, there is most likely help for your drug addiction near your home.  Successful drug rehab programs exist all over, it’s just up to you to find which one has the treatment you need the most.  A little investigating on your part will…

Information on Cocaine Addiction Assistance Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug, therefore it increases levels of dopamine, a brain chemical associated with pleasure and movement, in the brain’s reward circuit.  Normally dopamine is released by a neuron in response to a pleasurable signal and then recycled back into the cell that released it.  Cocaine…