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What is The Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?


Online counseling is a tool you can use throughout your recovery journey to help you overcome addiction. At Recovery Coaching Alliance, our online substance abuse counseling provides several forms of support, one being information. We feel it’s important for you to understand your addiction in order to better defend yourself against future relapses. One of the common questions we hear from addicts and their families is, “what is the difference between addiction and dependence?” While the two sound similar, there are some very real differences. The Center on Addiction states, “There is a range in the severity of substance problems: from [...]

What is The Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?2020-03-23T11:51:14-07:00

What is Ibogaine Treatment for Opiate Addiction


Addiction recovery is a long winding road which requires a myriad of support from several people and institutions. While online counseling and the assistance of a professional recovery coach goes a long way, some people need physical help as well. Sometimes this comes in the form of medication. There’s a variety of medicines used to treat opiate addiction, but one which has received a lot of attention over the past decade is Ibogaine. At Recovery Coaching Alliance, we believe that being informed is the best form of defence against relapse. One of the ways we help our clients stay informed is [...]

What is Ibogaine Treatment for Opiate Addiction2020-03-22T12:17:52-07:00

The 2 “Faces” of the Opioid Crises in America


It began as a useful and highly potent pain-relieving medication, but opioids have quickly become a nightmare for millions of Americans. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, “In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.1 That same year, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 652,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder.” The use of these drugs, legal or otherwise, has quickly become a federal crisis. Throughout this article, [...]

The 2 “Faces” of the Opioid Crises in America2020-01-23T20:54:51-08:00

How U.S. Drug Laws and Addiction Compare To Other Countries


Drug addiction has become a critical problem in the United States. As of 2017, more than 19-million Americans, aged 12 and up, suffer from drug addiction. This number is staggeringly high and only growing worse. It’s not only the United States which faces the concern of drug related crimes and addiction. Other countries all around the world are dealing with this issue of drugs in a regular basis. As substance abuse continues to gain speed globally, it’s helpful to examine the differences between the U.S. and other countries suffering from drug addiction. Throughout this article, we’ll compare statistics between the U.S. [...]

How U.S. Drug Laws and Addiction Compare To Other Countries2019-09-18T22:51:17-07:00

The Pros and Cons of Inpatient Drug Rehab


Inpatient treatment is a traditional rehabilitation style for patients working to recover from addiction to drugs and alcohol. This process varies by institution but is based on the concept that the patient lives in-house for a standard period while they detox and work to manage their addiction. Living in the inpatient care facility, the person challenged with the substance use disorder is limited to outside contact and are usually not permitted to leave the premises. This holds patients accountable for their actions and reduces the chances for relapse during the program. Throughout these programs, patients receive different types of treatment both [...]

The Pros and Cons of Inpatient Drug Rehab2019-11-25T17:27:46-08:00

10 Signs That Your Loved One May Be Using Methamphetamine


Introduction The drug, methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a human-made psycho-stimulant known to affect the brain’s neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin). The drug is ingested into the body either by smoking, snorting, injection, or even oral ingestion. The drug is pharmaceutically manufactured and prescribed by medical doctor’s to treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), weight loss (for Obesity), and other similar conditions. However, when used recreationally without the guidance of a medical physician, the user has a very high risk of developing an addiction or disorder that can lead to permanent damage physically to the central nervous system and [...]

10 Signs That Your Loved One May Be Using Methamphetamine2019-09-18T16:34:25-07:00

12 Signs That Your Loved One May Be Using Cocaine


What is Cocaine? Coca Farmers Harvesting Coca Leaves in South America Cocaine is a  powerful, addictive, harmful, and dangerous stimulant drug (upper). For hundreds of years, indigenous people (mostly farmer's and laborer's) of South America chewed the coca leaf for energy and stamina. Cocaine is derived from the coca plant Erythroxylan Coca and primarily grows in the highland mountainous region in the countries of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador in South America. These mountainous highland regions provide the ideal seasonal climate to grow the coca plant. So much so, that there are no other geographic locations in the world [...]

12 Signs That Your Loved One May Be Using Cocaine2019-09-18T16:29:27-07:00