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Victory Addiction Recovery Center: Treating Clients with Dignity and Respect

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Victory Addiction Recovery Center: Treating Clients with Dignity and Respect

If you’re considering residential treatment for yourself or a loved one who is struggling with a substance use disorder, it’s important to make sure you understand the facility’s approach to treatment. No two recovery centers are exactly alike, so thoroughly researching your options will help you choose the program that’s best suited to promoting a lasting recovery. Recently, some of Victory Addiction Recovery Center’s caring and experienced staff took the time to outline the program’s clinical philosophy...

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How to Prepare for Your First Thanksgiving in Recovery

Posted on Nov 19, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to Prepare for Your First Thanksgiving in Recovery

Drug and alcohol addiction recovery is an ongoing, day-to-day struggle. Just as you start to feel good about the consistency in your life, the holidays show up and promise to add unwanted stress. Thanksgiving tends to be the start of a stressful season for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. The demands on you emotionally become hard to bear. How will you get through this holiday? Realize Your Needs and Set Realistic Expectations for Yourself Your needs for support and counseling do not become nonexistent during the holidays....

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How Addiction Affects the Whole Family

Posted on Nov 8, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog | 0 comments

How Addiction Affects the Whole Family

Kerri Cunningham, program director at Victory Addiction Recovery Center, shares her thoughts about Sam Fowler’s recent TED Talk about addiction as a family disease. Frequently, the first inquiry call we get is from a family member of an addict or alcoholic. The family is in fear and does not know what to do. They don’t even know what to tell us. In this video, Sam Fowler articulates what the families are going through. I want families to know that there are other families like them. That they are different and that there is support....

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Your Guide to Medically Assisted Detox

Posted on Oct 26, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Detox, Recovery | 0 comments

Your Guide to Medically Assisted Detox

Detoxification is a complex process that aims to remove the chemical drug from a person’s body. To understand what a person goes through when undergoing detox, it’s important to recognize just how much drugs and alcohol change the physical makeup of an individual. When the body becomes accustomed to an addictive substance, eliminating it can produce a wide of physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes, the detoxification process in itself can be life-threatening. Yet, it becomes necessary to allow an individual to move towards...

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The Benefits of Family Therapy

Posted on Oct 12, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

The Benefits of Family Therapy

Family support remains one of the most powerful and effective tools to help an individual recover from alcohol and drug abuse. Remember, addiction is a disease. If a loved one was suffering from cancer or heart disease, you would be there for them. It’s no different when someone is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. While it is emotionally charged and always difficult, family therapy can be a key part of the success of anyone’s recovery. Who Benefits from Family Therapy? Anyone struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, or at the...

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Helping Teens Safely Cope with a Family Member’s Addiction

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Helping Teens Safely Cope with a Family Member’s Addiction

Coping mechanisms: we all have them. Some are healthy and others not so much. Children whose parents struggle with substance use disorders are no stranger to coping mechanisms. By the time they are teens, the mantra of their life can be summed up in three rules: don’t talk, don’t trust, and don’t feel. According to data compiled by National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) between 2009 and 2014, an average of 3 million youth between the ages of 12 and 17 (12.5 percent of that age group as a whole) had at least one parent at home who...

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Finding Your Best Emotional Support System

Posted on Sep 23, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Finding Your Best Emotional Support System

When you enter into rehabilitation and begin recovery, you are given a chance to build a support system from scratch. You have the chance to replace the people who are toxic to your new, sober lifestyle with ones who will help you succeed. This can be a very difficult thing to do, however, as some of the people you find the need to distance yourself from can be longtime friends, romantic relationships, and possibly even some family members. Do not feel obligated to associate with anyone who will not support your decision to get clean, as it...

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Can a Taste of Independence in College Lead to Addiction?

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Can a Taste of Independence in College Lead to Addiction?

For many high school graduates, college becomes the first real form of independence they’ve had. They are living away from home for the first time without constant parental supervision. Along with this independence comes the stress of studying, exams, projects, and classes. Add into this mixture choosing activities or clubs to belong to and a desire to have friends, and it’s guaranteed some questionable decisions are going to happen. Many of these decisions will revolve around alcohol and other addictive substances—either the choice to use...

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Problems Women Face in Recovery and How to Handle Them

Posted on Aug 29, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Detox, Recovery | 0 comments

Problems Women Face in Recovery and How to Handle Them

Being a woman brings challenges that men will never understand. We clutch our keys like knives when we walk to our cars. We cross the street from shady looking men. Naturally, a woman’s experience in recovery is different from a man’s experience. Some things to consider about addiction and women: The gap is closing between the percentage of men who struggle with addiction and the percentage of women who struggle with addiction. Historically, more men have wrestled with addiction more than women. Today, the numbers are almost the same. Of...

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How Do Overdoses Happen?

Posted on Aug 20, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Detox | 0 comments

How Do Overdoses Happen?

An overdose is when a person takes more of a substance than their body can handle. Scientifically, overdoses happen when a person’s metabolism cannot detoxify the substance quickly enough. One factor that can lead to overdoses is insensitivity to a prescribed or illicit drug. If the effects of a drug wear off, a person might take more to achieve the effect. If they estimate wrong, they can take a fatal amount. Another factor that encourages overdosing is laced drugs. It is extremely dangerous to not know the source of substances. Even if you...

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