When you think of pain killer and heroin users, you may not picture your neighbor’s teenage daughter, or your son’s teammate on the baseball team, or even your own adolescent child. But, with one in 10 children ages 12-17 having a substance use disorder, the scary and serious disease of addiction may be closer than
One in 10 children ages 12-17 has a substance use disorder, with 1.9 million having a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 586,000 involving heroin. Brightside Clinic’s Adolescent Treatment Program provides an effective, one-of-a-kind approach in the Chicago area to helping adolescents overcome addiction. The unique program couples medically assisted treatment with ongoing
This month saw historic advancements in providing treatment to people suffering from pain drug dependence and heroin addiction. First, on July 6th, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine. Then, on July 13th, the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and
Anxiety. Vomiting. Insomnia. These are just a few of the symptoms that people recovering from opioid addiction experience as they go through withdrawal. It’s no wonder that 40 to 60 percent relapse and turn back to drug and opioid use as a form of self-medication, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. But, there
Brightside Clinic, the premier treatment center for prescription drug dependency and heroin addiction in the Chicago area, celebrates its first anniversary of helping patients regain their life and manage their addiction. The clinic has also hired four new physicians and added Fridays to its treatment schedule to meet the needs of its patients. Since opening
According to Dr. Nora Volkow from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), drug dependence can affect nearly every system in a person’s body. Opioids, in particular, have their own chemical structure, which can affect a person’s moods, learning prowess, judgment, and memory, among other things. The ultimate consequence of opioid addiction and abuse is, of course, death—but there is
Recovering from drug dependence is incredibly stressful, not only because of the mental and physical effort involved in breaking the cycle of addiction, but also because of the stigma that surrounds drug use. Many recovering addicts find themselves labeled as “bad” people by others and struggle to find jobs that accept their history. The team
Whether you’ve suffered from drug dependency for years or have just recently developed a habit, the staff at Brightside Clinic in Northbrook, Illinois, says seeking help is vital for regaining control of your life. If you or someone you know is ready to conquer a drug addiction, Brightside Clinic suggests the following steps to reach the road to recovery.
Approaching someone about heroin abuse is challenging. Although it may be a difficult subject to breach, watching your loved one suffer is much worse. At Brightside Clinic in Northbrook, Illinois, their trusted addiction recovery center provides compassionate support and treatment to help people heal. Many people feel uncomfortable confronting someone about a drug abuse problem. Often,
On January 20th, 2016, the BRIGHTSIDE team had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Illinois Rep. Bob Dold about the heroin crisis facing the Chicagoland area. During the meeting, we discussed several key issues around the heroin epidemic and we suggested some potential solutions to get people better and more affordable longer-term treatment.