family therapy in recovery

Family Therapy in Recovery

Family Therapy in Recovery Family therapy in recovery has played a central role in treating substance abuse. Family work has become a strong and continuing theme of many treatment programs for many reasons. For starters, the family has likely suffered from and in some cases, possibly attributed to a person’s addiction even if unintentionally.  Therefore,…

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How Medication-Assisted Treatment Improves Outcomes

Medication-Assisted Treatment Improves Outcomes Opioid overdoses cause one death every 20 minutes. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) improves outcomes, even more so when a treatment regimen that consists of a combination of psychosocial therapy MAT. Thus far, it has proven to be the most effective intervention to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). In fact, studies have shown…

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Consequences of Addiction

We Look at the Consequences of Addiction The consequences of addiction go far beyond things like strained relationships and health risks. In fact, studies show how addiction leads to all sorts of unsavory consequences. The addiction epidemic remains the root of the crisis with no meaningful end in sight. Even in 2010, well before the…

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Cutting Negative Influences from Your Life

Cutting Negative Influences: One Key Component of Addiction Recovery Everyone wants to live a more positive life, but without cutting negative influences, you’re just holding yourself back.  They might come from the outside or from within you. Wherever they come from, there are hundreds of things that put dents in your motivation, self-confidence and happiness.…

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Homelessness and Addiction

Homelessness and Addiction: How are the two related?   There are many stereotypes and stigmas pertaining to those who are homeless. Many people tend assume that they’re all drug addicts or alcoholics. While that’s not the case, there’s a strong correlation and relationship between the two groups. It’s probably not surprising to learn that people…

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How To Choose an Addiction Treatment Provider

  Choosing an addiction treatment provider Choosing an addiction treatment provider can be cumbersome. The internet is full of options and many of them make thinly veiled promises of a miraculous and speedy recovery. The truth is less glamorous. In reality, recovery can be a lifelong process. The longer a person has been wrapped up…

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opioid addiction treatment

Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid Addiction and Treatment   What Are Opioids? Opioids are a class of drug that act on the body’s opioid receptors. While the term “opioid” previously referred to drugs derived from opium—a narcotic drug derived from the poppy—modern opioids can also be partially or totally synthetic. Within the context of medical use, opioids are most…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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Why Choose Addiction Treatment in California

Addiction Treatment Centers in California – Options and Differences If you’re going through or about to go through addiction recovery, you’ll want to start by doing research on your options. For starters, where will you go? There are some things you should know before you narrow your search. Probably the best piece of advice is that…

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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.…

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relationships and substance abuse

The Connection Between Toxic Relationships and Substance Abuse

Relationships and substance abuse – What’s the Connection? A great deal of research has been done on the connection between relationships and substance abuse. The studies have looked a range of groups, from young to old as well as common relationships, such as those between parents and children and spouses or partners. More specifically, they’ve…

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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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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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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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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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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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