A woman who knows how to help someone abusing benzos

What to Do If Your Loved One is Abusing Benzos

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a class of drugs that doctors commonly prescribe to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. While these medications can be helpful for those who take them as prescribed by their doctor, benzos can also be dangerous if misused. Therefore, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of benzo abuse so…

A patient going through the stages of substance abuse treatment

Stages of Substance Abuse Treatment

For centuries, medical teams have questioned what therapies are best suited for substance use disorders (SUDs). Then in 2006, the National Quality Forum published a document specifying the seven practices that organization found most effective in substance abuse treatment. Marcie Bough, Pharm.D., senior manager of practice development and research for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)…

Woman experiencing PTSD and substance abuse

Understanding the Link Between PTSD and Substance Abuse

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition that occurs following a horrifying event. Unfortunately, anything that terrifies you can also lead to lasting PTSD. This condition often stems from war, natural disasters, physical abuse, rape, and car accidents. Afterward, people struggle with the memories and fears of the horror each day. All too often, PTSD…

A man in opioid addiction rehab

What to Know About Opioid Addiction Rehab

Opioid abuse, such as prescription pain pills and heroin, is a growing problem in the United States. Misuse of opioids has become so prevalent that it is commonly referred to as “the opioid crisis.” Many different drugs fall under the classification of an opioid. Some have legitimate medical purposes, usually for pain management, while others…