Benzos: The Common Dangers of a Common Drug

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States. Some of the most commonly prescribed drugs are benzodiazepines (a.k.a. benzos). As the number of these prescriptions has grown, so has the abuse. Some types of benzos are more commonly misused recreationally, often in […]

Michael Phelps on His Recovery and Olympic Hopes

“I checked myself in because I think I was at point in my life when I needed something to change…” These were the words of Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, in an interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show. But, they are also the words of so many people in recovery […]

U.S. Surgeon General Issues a Call to Action on Addiction

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s release of Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health at yesterday’s Facing Addiction Summit was an unprecedented moment in our country’s fight against addiction and substance misuse. It is the first time in history that a U.S. surgeon general has issued a report focused […]

Why The Meadows Outpatient Center is the Best Place for Addiction Treatment

No one plans to become addicted, but after that initial interaction with alcohol, drugs or dysfunctional behavior, they may like how it makes them feel and soon find themselves spiraling out of control. Individuals who engage in these types of escapism may have initially acted on it to feel good, but then find themselves having […]

Why Is It So Hard to Stop Using Drugs?

It’s probably the No. 1 question we hear from family members or loved ones of people with substance use issues: Why is it so hard to stop? It would be great if there was a simple answer. Both biological and psychological factors play into the “why” questions of addiction. Not only does a person’s brain […]

Be the Dad You Always Wanted to Be

By Clint Fletcher According to the US Census Bureau, there are over 70 million fathers living in the United States. And according to the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACOA), 1 in 4 kids has a parent addicted to drugs or alcohol, which adds up to more than 18 million children total. While fathers […]