a woman experiences the long-term effects of prescription drug abuse

Long-Term Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a widespread problem across the country. Misuse of medication may lead to serious short-term effects. It may also produce damaging long-term effects. One major possible outcome of prolonged medication abuse is addiction. There is also the ever-present danger of experiencing an overdose. In addition, long-term abuse may expose you to an…

woman receiving OCD treatment

What to Expect in Intensive OCD Treatment

Addiction and substance abuse disorders often go hand-in-hand with other co-occurring mental health issues, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Alternatively, children and teens with untreated OCD symptoms may later develop an addiction to alcohol or drugs as a harmful coping mechanism. For such patients, their addiction therapy program must include intensive OCD treatment for better…

a woman learns how to increase serotonin

How to Increase Serotonin

Dopamine and serotonin are naturally occurring substances in your body that perform essential functions. Although they are very different chemicals, some people may use the terms “dopamine” and “serotonin” interchangeably. Some common drugs are designed to mimic the effects of dopamine or serotonin, and these drugs can be highly addictive. At Memphis Recovery Centers, our…

a woman struggles with mental health and addiction

Connection Between Mental Health and Addiction

Your mental health is an essential component of your overall health. Whether you or someone you love has struggled with mental health or addiction, it’s important to recognize that these two issues could be tied together. For some people, substance abuse impacts their mental health. For others, their mental health causes substance abuse as a…

a teen uses art therapy for addiction

How Effective Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of holistic therapy that uses art, music, dance, or other creative methods to help individuals through recovery. Art and music therapy are often used in substance abuse treatment, dual-diagnosis, and trauma treatment programs. According to an article by Lydia Aletraris available through the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the…