spilled pill bottle showing the risks of prescription painkillers

Risks of Prescription Painkillers

Prescription drug abuse is one of the leading addiction issues in our country today. Many begin taking prescription painkillers after a routine surgery or minor injury. These drugs block pain receptors in the brain, altering brain chemistry. Because of this, these drugs can be habit-forming. Prescription drug abuse takes physical, emotional, and psychological tolls on…

person seated thinking about negative thoughts and addiction recovery

Dealing with Negative Thoughts During Addiction Recovery

It’s difficult to control negative thoughts during addiction recovery. When someone stops using drugs or alcohol, the brain and body adjust. Prescription and illegal drugs and alcohol alter brain chemistry. During addiction, the brain stops producing chemicals like dopamine and GABA. These chemicals affect mood and behavior. During detox, the brain goes through chemical withdrawal…

family meets during addiction therapy program

Goal of Family Therapy During Detox and Addiction Treatment

Addiction is often a family issue because substance dependence affects the entire family system and the individuals battling it. Therefore, family therapy during the detox of a family member is vital. It has been proven that addiction treatment programs have better outcomes when family members or close associates are also involved in the treatment process.…

woman meets with sponsor during national recovery month

How to Celebrate National Recovery Month

Admitting you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and seeking help at an addiction recovery program takes courage and strength. Every September at Atlanta Detox Center we celebrate National Recovery Month. This is a time to reflect on that courage and strength, as well as the heart and soul of the treatment professionals who…