Tag Archives: Substance Abuse

Common Defense Mechanisms And How They Relate To Substance Abuse

Common Defense Mechanisms and How They Relate To Substance Abuse
We use defensive mechanisms in our day to day life in order to cope with trauma and uncomfortable feelings, however, they are a substance abuser’s arsenal to avoid the reality of their addiction and its consequences. Some of the more common mechanisms are denial, blaming, regression, and projection. We all use defense mechanisms in our everyday lives. Most are used short-term to distance ourselves from uncomfortable or unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They help us keep sane and stay functional in the face of the trauma and stress that we experience. We develop them as a natural part of growing up. ...

Holistic Recovery Is Growing in Popularity; What Does It Really Mean?
What Is Holistic Recovery? Holistic therapy is an integral part of holistic recovery. It involves recovery methods that help bring the mind, body, and spirit into alignment. Holistic therapy is widely used at non 12 step or holistic treatment centers to help others overcome substance abuse in a more complete fashion than traditional programs. Finding the right holistic treatment center can be difficult, depending on the level of treatment required. Holistic therapy is recommended for individuals who want an overall healing experience, rather than simply be treated with medications. A holistic treatment center that addresses alcohol and substance abuse treatment can make the difference in ...
Elevate Chiropractic Care for Addiction Recovery

Chiropractic Care in Addiction Recovery and Substance Abuse Treatment
Drug abuse is a serious issue facing our country. The rampant misuse of alcohol and other substances accounts for 50% of all traffic fatalities, 60% of drownings, 83% of arrests, and 35% of suicides. In 2014 alone there were 47,055 drug overdoses. In particular, opioids have been linked to 18,800 deaths in relation to prescription pain medication and another 10,500 as a result of heroin usage. These rates have skyrocketed since the 1990s, and they continue to rise. Drugs Aren’t the Only Addiction Dr. Jay Holder, D.C. — A chiropractor who himself touts the benefits of chiropractic care in addiction recovery — said ...

Watsonville Sees Its Share of Local Drug Problems
Watsonville, CA, a rural community in Santa Cruz County, is home to roughly 51,000 California residents. Despite the rustic setting – agriculture and farming drive the local economy – Watsonville residents are regularly impacted by drug abuse and drug-related criminal activity. As a matter of public safety, it’s vital for Watsonville residents to understand the issues facing their community and how to support individuals struggling with substance abuse. Substance Abuse and Drug-Related Crimes in Watsonville The presence of illegal drugs in any community coincides with a rise in violent crime, as well as property crime. Those involved in the drug trade, for ...

How Group Therapy Aids in Addiction Treatment
Illegal drug use in the United States is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an estimated 24.6 million Americans – 9.4% of the population aged 12 and over – used illicit substances in 2013. This is a major shift from 2002, when just 8.3% of the population was estimated to have used illegal drugs. The rise in drug use has not been limited to younger generations. The same NIDA study reported that drug use is also on the rise among aging baby boomers in their fifties and early sixties. These startling trends underscore a need ...

Why Binge Drinking Is Such a Problem on College Campuses
A college has infamously been a time when kids experiment with drugs and alcohol and (hopefully) come out unscathed. We have traditionally looked at these years as a time when experimentation is a rite of passage into adulthood and applauded graduates for surviving. However, by viewing college alcohol and drug abuse in this manner, we have brought forth a new generation of substance abusers who need help. This begs the question: why are college students so apt to dangerously experiment? And furthermore, what can be done to further alcohol abuse prevention? Why Is College a Vulnerable Time for Drinking?  On the surface, ...