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Opiate Addiction

Commonly Abused Opiates

Opiates are often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and include drugs such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Fentanyl. An illegal substance, Heroin, is also included in this class. Becoming addicted to such drugs may start from a simple dentist visit, a sprained ankle, or minor surgery. Because of the intense high produced by the interaction of several opiates and the brain, the drugs remain extremely addictive, sometimes causing symptoms of addiction in under three days. Opiate addiction can affect your job performance, relationships, and have legal consequences.

Short-term effects can include:

  • Feelings of euphoria.
  • Pain relief.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Sedation.

Long-term effects can include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal distention and bloating.
  • Skin abscess
  • Constipation.
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage due to hypoxia, resulting from respiratory depression.
  • Tolerance.
  • Dependence.

The best-known side effect of opiates is addiction, and it’s surprisingly easy to become addicted without realizing it. Even codeine, a commonly prescribed painkiller, is addictive. Treatment options are available. A Pathway to Life Counseling offers outpatient and teletherapy for opiate addiction. Call 504-410-7008 to discuss your treatment options today!

Teletherapy: Is It Right For Me?

Technology has become part of our everyday lives. Cell phones, tablets, and laptops are no longer a rarity. Kids often receive a new phone by their eighth birthday. Technology is here to stay whether we love or hate it. Therefore, teletherapy is important to explore. Teletherapy is receiving therapeutic services via safe and HIPPAA compliant live video connection. You maybe wondering, what are the benefits of teletherapy. Let’s explore

Teletherapy Benefits

Convenience: Teletherapy allows for interaction over your laptop or cell phone. This reduces wait time and travel. No more getting lost on the way to a session. As long as you can find your device, you’ve found your destination!

Increased access: Disabled populations have more difficulty maintaining traditional therapy. Teletherapy allows access to a train and licensed therapist without the difficulty of office travel. “There are times when clients suffering from IBS, Crohn’s or other diseases may experience shame or embarrassment at their need for leaving to use facilities.  In an online context, some of these concerns can be diminished significantly” (Psychology Today). Even temporary illness such as the flu, sprained ankle, or recent surgery may cause a break in therapy. An online option reduces breaks in treatment

Teens & College Students: Statistics show that individuals between the age of 13-26 communicate predominantly by texting and video chat. As a result, traditional office-based therapy may not be the best fit. Video therapy may be a more comfortable and convenient way of communicating.

Privacy: Clients often don’t seek therapy because of privacy reasons. Sitting in a waiting room and seeing your neighbor may not be your idea of a great session. This is especially true for those seeking addiction treatment. Therefore, Teletherapy eliminates this potential anxiety and awkwardness.

Remote Access: Let’s be honest. Not everyone lives in a major city with access to a therapist. Unfortunately, some have to travel very far to see a therapist they connect with. Teletherapy allows increased access to a pool of trained and qualifed therapist.

Teletherapy may be right for you. A Pathway to Life Counseling offers traditional as well as teletherapy options. Call 504-410-7008 to discuss your teletherapy needs.

Compulsive Gambling; Betting on Addiction


Going to your local casino. Buying a few scratch-offs. Even playing the lottery in hopes of become filthy rich can lead to addiction. Gambling can go from fun to problematic very quickly. Therefore, individuals and families may suffer financially, emotionally, and even physically. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th ed.)

A diagnosis of gambling disorder requires at least four of the following during the past year:

  1. Need to gamble with increasing amount of money to achieve the desired excitement
  2. Restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling
  3. Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back on or stop gambling
  4. Frequent thoughts about gambling (such as reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next gambling venture, thinking of ways to get money to gamble)
  5. Often gambling when feeling distressed
  6. After losing money gambling, often returning to get even (referred to as “chasing” one’s losses)
  7. Lying to conceal gambling activity
  8. Jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job or educational/career opportunity because of gambling
  9. Relying on others to help with money problems caused by gambling

People who have a gambling disorder often hide their behaviors. Indications can be financial distress and missing money. Also, individuals may begin to abuse substances such as cocaine or alcohol. Gambling addiction can often be treated on an outpatient basis. Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services for treatment options.

The Science of Addiction


As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a medical disorder that affects the brain and changes behavior. We have identified many of the biological and environmental risk factors and are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disorder. Scientists use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug use takes on individuals, families, and communities. www.drugabuse.gov

Recovery through treatment is possible. If you or someone you know may have a substance abuse problem, call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services to schedule an assessment. www.drugabuse.gov

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” In all my years as a physician, I have never, ever met an addicted person who wanted to be an addict”. – Dr. Nora Volkow

Addiction is a disease. Much like other chronic, relapsing diseases, addiction includes genetic as well as environmental factors. People often misunderstand individuals diagnosed with addictive disorders. “They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will” (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2018). Drugs affect the way individuals think and behave. Alcohol, drugs, and gambling change the way the brain works. The great news, RECOVERY is possible! Call 504-410-7008 to discuss your treatment options today.

Drugged Driving

What is Drugged Driving? Driving while under the influence of legal or illegal substances. It puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road in danger. It is illegal in every state (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Drugged Driving is common and can lead to several consequences including accidents, DWI/DUI, and can even be fatal. Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services for help today!