signs of opioid addiction

Signs of Opioid Addiction

Signs of Opioid Addiction Opiates, also known as “opioid painkillers,” include prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, fentanyl and morphine. These substances are effective pain relievers when taken as directed by a physician. However, the calming effects that opioid painkillers produce are habit-forming and can lead to future patterns of abuse. As doctors continue to presecribe…

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Finding an Addiction Treatment Provider

Finding Addiction Treatment Starts with an Assessment We’ve all heard stories about unscrupulous providers of addiction treatment services. In this country, addictio treatment has become a $35 billion industry, opening the floodgates for a host of unscrupulous operators who prey on vulnerable individuals and families. Many seem to follow a pattern: they provide a nice…

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…

aftercare

What Is Aftercare, and Why Is It Important?

Aftercare: What Is It? Why Is It Important? Seeking treatment for a substance use disorder dramatically improves your chances of long-term successful recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Treatment begins with Rehab or Detox (both terms refer to the same thing, generally speaking). Since the detox process only takes a week or two, the time…

eating disorders and addiction

The Connection Between Eating Disorders and Addiction

The Connection Between Eating Disorders and Addiction The correlation between eating disorders and addiction has been studied for many decades. The curiosity stems from the obvious: if one engages in unhealthy choices when it comes to substances, why would that not apply to other areas of one’s life? Eating disorders and addiction are frequently co-occurring.…

overcoming helplessness during recovery

Overcoming Helplessness During Recovery

Overcoming helplessness during the recovery process requires one to look holistically not only at oneself, but to those around him or her who might be playing a role in these feelings. Look for the source of your learned helplessness. Your learned helplessness may have taken root due to the circumstances of your development. Try to…

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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…