Why Using “Legal” Drugs like Kratom Can be Dangerous for the Recovering Addict

A growing trend in America today is to experiment with various “legal” drug-like substances. Many of these are home grown plants or supplements that are marketed as legal and harmless. As many are witnessing first hand, however, there are many risks when it comes to using experimental supplements, especially to someone who is already recovering

Nutrition and Addiction Recovery

Studies continue to show that a healthy, balanced diet is an effective tool that can be used to prevent disease, slow aging, and heal the body and mind. When an individual enters recovery, they need to be prepared to work not just on overcoming the urge to use drugs or drink, but also to heal

I Drink A Lot. Can I Just Quit Drinking Safely?

Dr. Whitsett is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He is the Medical Director for The Ridge Treatment Center. You can read his full bio here. I Drink A Lot. Can I Just Quit Drinking Safely? Some people drink a lot. They often ask can I quit drinking safely? Some people decide they

The Courts’ Role in Addiction Treatment

Drug abuse and addiction are often closely tied to the justice system, as those who do drugs and are impaired by drugs experience trouble with charges such as possession, driving while under the influence, domestic violence, theft, and child endangerment. Sometimes getting in trouble with the law serves as a very real wake-up call for

Questions Teens have about Drug Abuse

Teens and pre-teens are often curious about drugs and alcohol and about the effects these substances have on the human body and mind. It is natural to want to know more about how it feels to take these substances and how dangerous they really are. Parents need to keep talking to their kids about the

Protecting Pain Patients in the Midst of an Opioid Epidemic

Prescription painkiller overdose is one of the leading causes of death in America right now, affecting millions of lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control: In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills. Opioid prescriptions