May 10, 2019
brain disease of addiction

The Neurobiology of Addiction

Addiction is a disease, and its roots are hard-wired in the brain. Banyan Heartland explores the neurobiology of addiction and how alterations within the brain’s neural pathways can worsen addiction.
May 9, 2019
addiction in movies

What the Movies Get Wrong About Addiction

There are many movies about drug abuse such as Requiem for a Dream, A Star is Born, Beautiful Boy, Trainspotting, and Basketball Diaries. Here’s what many movies get wrong about addiction and sobriety.
May 9, 2019
Sackler family and opioid addiction

The Sackler Family’s Opioid Epidemic

The Sackler family was once respected for its philanthropic work, but now the family is at the center of multiple lawsuits claiming the family was more involved in Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin sales than previously suspected.
April 24, 2019
celebrity overdose

Celebrities Who Survived Overdoses and Got Sober

Overdoses can be deadly, but these celebrities survived their overdoses and are now sober after getting professional addiction treatment. Demi Lovato, Eminem, and Lamar Odom are celebrity overdose survivors who are now sober or working on sobriety.
April 23, 2019
sober guys on jersey shore

The Sober Guys on Jersey Shore

The cast of Jersey Shore gained their fame for their partying and antics at the namesake location. As the stars have grown, they’ve begun to focus on their health and long-term happiness beyond The Shore. Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Ortiz-Margo has opened up about his own struggles with alcoholism and depression.
April 19, 2019
first responders and addiction

First Responders, PTSD, and Addiction

First responders face dangerous situations every day, and the trauma they see and experience on the job can translate to PTSD. There is a strong link between PTSD and addiction, which is why first responders need help to treat all conditions.
April 5, 2019
benefits of iop

Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Treatment

IOP treatment is a step-in drug and alcohol treatment that allows patients to engage in rehab while meeting their responsibilities at home, work, and within everyday life. Here are common features of IOP treatment along with benefits of this type of care.
April 3, 2019
withdrawal symptoms

Common Withdrawal Symptoms

Many addicts fear detox because they don’t want to experience withdrawals. But detox is necessary, and withdrawals are not always going to happen. Banyan Heartland lists common withdrawal symptoms and how they can be treated.
March 22, 2019
Illinois overdose rate

Illinois is Leading the Nation in Opioid Overdose Deaths

Illinois is at the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, leading the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Banyan Heartland explores what’s fueling these Illinois overdose statistics and how to stop the worsening crisis.
March 21, 2019
binge drinking in illinois

Binge Drinking in Illinois by the Numbers

Having a few drinks with friends on the weekend might actually be binge drinking. Banyan Heartland shares insight on what constitutes as binge drinking, Illinois drinking statistics, and how to get treatment.