addiction and relationships

Addiction and Relationships: Tips for Getting (and staying) Sober

Addiction and Relationships Understanding the unique challenges of addiction and relationships is something that is not often spoken about publicly. Of course, during addiction recovery treatment, threre’s a great deal of discussion that goes on behind closed doors, both in therapy and among the couples themselves. No one can deny that when a spouse or…

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Media That Glamorizes Substance Abuse

It’s never too early to start talking to your children about substance abuse. The general consensus is that you should start these conversations as soon as children start asking question about drugs, drug related phrases or when they happen to catch glances of this activity in social media or in mainstream media.This holds true even if…

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harm reduction

What is Harm Reduction and How Does it Relate to Substance Abuse?

What is harm reduction? Harm reduction includes policies, programs and practices that aim to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high risk behaviour, especially psychoactive substance use. Harm reduction recognizes that the high risk behavior may continue despite the risks. Harm reduction involves a range of support services and strategies to…

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substance abuse and stress

The Connection Between Stress and Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse and Stress: What’s the Connection? According to Sinha & Jastreboff, 2013, Stress is a key risk factor in addiction, recovery maintenance and relapse. This conclusion has been reaffirmed many times in research and shows a clear connection between substance abuse and stress. A stressful live combined with a lack of coping skills can contribute…

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friends in recovery

Five Ways You May Be Hurting Your Friend or Loved One In Recovery

With 23 million Americans in recovery, the chances are good that almost every person has loved ones or friends in recovery, either currently or at some time in their past. While it doesn’t matter if they’ve been sober for a few weeks or a few decades, you need to remember that they still are living with…

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Myths and Facts About the Causes of Addiction

Myths About Addiction As we’ve learned through research, there are many myths about addiction. We know that the concerns about gateway drugs are well founded, but gateway drugs are not the sole cause of addiction. There is a difference between correlation and causation. The use of these substances leading to addiction has more to do with…

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risk factors for addiction

What Are the Population Groups Most Vulnerable to Addiction and Substance Abuse in the U.S.?

In the United States, researchers have gone to great lengths to find traits in those who are caught up in addiction or substance abuse. The theory is that if they could identify the risk factors for addiction, great progress could be made in prevention and treatment. They looked at age, ethnicity, environmental factors, gender and…

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sober friend

How To Support Your Friend or Loved One in a Sober Living Home

The Role of a Sober Friend During Recovery With 23 million Americans in recovery, chances are pretty good that almost everyone knows someone that has been in recovery or is in recovery. In fact, we may know recovering addicts without ever knowing that they were addicts to begin with. As a sober friend, you’re going…

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outpatient addiction treatment

The History of Outpatient Programs in the U.S.

Outpatient addiction treatment is not a new concept. In fact, the history of outpatient addiction treatment goes back more than 150 years. This makes sense given that psychoactive drugs have been used in some form starting as early as human civilizations began to emerge. Despite thousands of years of experimentation with the substances, it wasn’t…

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alcohol addiction treatment

Treatment Options for Alcoholism: Pros, Cons & Our Approach

Much has been written about alcohol addiction treatment largely because there is no one solution that’s right for everyone. For alcoholics, this can be especially frustrating because they’re looking for a one-stop shop and a quick remedy. The simple fact of the matter is that addiction doesn’t happen overnight and as such, there’s no overnight…

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sleeping pill addiction

What You Need to Know About Sleeping Pill Addiction

Sleeping Pill Addiction: Yup, it’s still a thing Sleeping pill addiction, made famous in the 1950s, continues to be a problem in the U.S. Among adults, problems with sleeping pills are common and as many as four percent  ― that’s nearly 10 million people ― use them, according to an estimate published in 2013 from the U.S. Centers…

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Dealing With Family Problems During Recovery

Bringing Up Old Feelings At some point during the recovery process, things will get very real. Understanding one’s addiction will eventually require some painful self-reflection. You’ll need to look at what caused you to succumb to the temptation that ultimately led to your addiction. Being honest with oneself is the only way to treat the…

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Emergency Rooms and Withdrawal: Can They Help?

The Role of Emergency Rooms and Withdrawal In this article, we’ll address a few of the issues surrounding the role of emergency rooms and withdrawal including: Withdrawal in an Emergency Room Choosing Treatment To Help Manage Withdrawal Detox and Addiction Recovery Treatment It’s probably well-known that emergency rooms are equipped to handle patients going through…

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what are the different types of alcoholics

What Are the Different Types of Alcoholics?

In 2007, there was a report released from National Institutes Of Health which, at the time, was led by Dr. Howard B. Moss who served as the Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research at NIAAA. This report identified five different types of alcoholics. This report has served as a guideline in the evaluation process…

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How Does Outpatient Therapy Strengthen My Recovery?

Outpatient Therapy for Drug and Alcohol Addiction If you or a loved one is struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, you may be reviewing options for rehabilitation programs. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your addiction, you may be looking for medically assisted detox or inpatient care, or even searching online for “outpatient drug rehab…

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What’s the Benefit of Gender-Specific Treatment?

The Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment Programs Addiction is a disease that affects both men and women, but that doesn’t mean each gender benefits from exactly the same approach to treatment. Since the sexes have some inherent differences, it stands to reason that their experiences with substance abuse will differ. Gender-specific treatment programs have some definite…

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non religious AA

Does Addiction Treatment Require a Higher Power?

Addiction treatment is an area already engulfed in many debates as to what approach is most effective, but no debate has been more heated than the discussions on the controversial role of 12-step programs. For those looking for non religious AA programs, the 12 step program is a touchy subject. The 12-step program is based…

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Five Steps to Find Addiction Treatment for Your Son or Daughter

It’s every parent’s nightmare – your son or daughter is caught up in addiction. Substance abuse disorders can destroy a family in short order. The damage to your child’s health, career and relationships can be devastating. Knowing how to find addiction treatment is the first step in addressing the problem. Here are five steps to…

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Six Questions to Ask Your Insurance Company About Paying for Outpatient Therapy

Insurance Coverage for Outpatient Treatment One proactive step to Rehab is to talk to your insurance provider to see if your insurance plan provides for outpatient treatment for addiction. Since one of the most complicated parts of selecting a rehab or outpatient treatment facility is figuring out how to pay for it, exploring your options…

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How to Repair Broken Relationships in Recovery

Knowing how to repair broken relationships in recovery is a skill you will need to master. While it won’t happen overnight, with hard work and commitment, consistent, positive and healthy behaviors can help fix a relationship. Once you’ve completed an addiction treatment program and have achieved sobriety, there are many things you can do to…

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How to Overcome Loneliness in Addiction Recovery

The period that follows drug or alcohol rehab is the time to start building or rebuilding your social support network–sometimes, it means starting over completely. Overcoming loneliness in recovery depends upon how willing the individual is to reach out to others to make meaningful connections. This process is daunting and feelings of loneliness can creep…

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relapse prevention plan

What is a Relapse Prevention Plan (and Should I Have One?)

Relapse prevention begins in treatment. In fact, relapse prevention istreatment. All of your progress in a drug rehab center works toward preventing future relapse. Entering treatment for drug or alcohol abuse can be one of the best choices you make in your life. Once you enter the program, you’ll have a comprehensive journey comprised of…

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What’s An Intensive Outpatient Program?

Understanding the Intensive Outpatient Program An intensive outpatient program (or “IOP”) is designed to provide people the freedom to live off-site and still attend work or school while receiving addiction services. While some people use an IOP as their primary type of care, others may transition to an intensive outpatient program after completing a more…

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