Entries by Alter Health Group

Opioids vs. Opiates

In recent decades, opioids and opiates have become a significant problem in the United States. The abuse of these drugs has led to a rise in overdose deaths and has become an important public health concern. Though they are often used interchangeably, opioids and opiates are two different types of drugs. That’s why it’s critical […]

Alcohol and Mental Health

Alcohol use can have a significant impact on your mental health. It can worsen or cause mental health issues, and it can also interact with certain medications. Additionally, alcohol use can lead to new mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. And if you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, alcohol use […]

Is Marijuana Addictive?

With the legalization of marijuana in most states, many people ask, “Is marijuana addictive?” Often proposed as an alternative to opioids or other painkillers and applicable to various illnesses, it’s essential to examine its adverse effects and the possibility of marijuana abuse. Marijuana addiction is a real phenomenon and one that’s on the rise as […]

What Is High-Functioning Depression?

Depression can severely affect a person’s day-to-day life. It can be a painful experience that seeps into every aspect of a person’s existence, from work to relationships. However, not all cases of depression are alike. Some people experience what is known as “high-functioning depression.” This type of depression is often characterized by a person’s ability […]

Residential vs. Outpatient Treatment

Deciding to get treatment for your substance use disorder is a decision that should be applauded. Acknowledging your condition is the first step on the path to recovery. The next step is finding the correct type of treatment that suits your needs. Two common types of treatment are residential and outpatient care. Both aim to […]

5 Benefits of Detox

Detox can be an important first step in your recovery from substance use disorder. The process helps to cleanse the body of toxins, allowing the person to start fresh. But often, it can not be done alone. Without detox, it can be difficult to break the cycle of addiction. If you or a loved one […]

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse leads to many unwanted consequences and is not simply a precursor to struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD). This type of substance use disorder (SUD) is a diagnosable, chronic disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol consumption, and adverse health effects resulting from drinking. For many people who struggle […]

Commonly Abused Opioids

Americans are primarily aware that the country is dealing with an opioid epidemic. In 2017, there were over 47,000 overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States. Of those, approximately 36% were attributed to prescription opioids. It’s important to know which opioids are commonly abused. However, more than knowing which opioids are highly addictive, it’s […]

Recognizing Painkiller Abuse

It can be challenging to recognize painkiller abuse. However, some warning signs can indicate a problem. If you or someone you know is doctor shopping or taking pain relievers for non-medical reasons, for example, then you may need to consider looking into rehab options. Alter Health Group offers a variety of substance abuse treatment programs […]

Writing Your Story

Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is a recovering drug addict who wrote a book about his journey. Scar Tissue illustrates the importance of accepting one’s dependency in the recovery process. Kiedis’s story proceeds as new scars form atop old scar tissue.  He remembers a moment of clarity on a Christmas Eve […]