A man holds his head as one of the side effects of vivitol takes effect

What Are the Side Effects of Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a relatively recent drug that is commonly used for the treatment of alcohol dependence or to prevent relapse in patients struggling with opioid dependence. It can help users break free from dependence by blocking the intense high that often accompanies opioids, resulting in the user experiencing only negative effects from the substance. It…

A young woman researches whether social media helps or hinders recovery

Get Answers on Whether Social Media Helps or Hinders Recovery

Technology can be a double-edged sword. Some studies report the hazards of technology and cell phone use while others say social media makes people feel better. With recovery-oriented social media and addiction recovery apps growing, we spoke to David Sack, MD, who is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine and chief medical…

A man helps his wife through embracing failure and relapse

Embracing the ‘Failure’ of Relapse

Relapse is more the rule than the exception in addiction recovery. In fact, relapse is considered a component of addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which says, “Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Instead of viewing relapse as…

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Physical Dependence Is Not The Same As Addiction

Sometimes you will hear someone use the words “dependence” and “addiction” interchangeably. Is it possible to be physically dependent on drugs or alcohol and not be addicted? Yes, it is. Some drugs, particularly opioids, develop physical dependency in a short period of time requiring a professional opioid addiction treatment to recover successfully. According to the National…