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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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Foods Your Body Needs in Recovery

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Foods Your Body Needs in Recovery

If you’re in recovery, it’s easy to justify a second cupcake by telling yourself at least it’s not heroin. Or it’s easy to think that eating green vegetables isn’t important when you’re trying so hard to not have a drink of gin. It’s understandable why many people turn to food to fill a void left by an abused substance. Putting harmful substances like drugs or alcohol in your body is obviously destructive, but neglecting to put healthy substances in our bodies is also destructive. When we talk about recovery, we aren’t just talking about...

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Drug Slang and Warning Signs: What Parents of Teens Need to Know

Posted on Aug 3, 2018 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Drug Slang and Warning Signs: What Parents of Teens Need to Know

Some nicknames, like “weed” for “marijuana” and “coke” for “cocaine,” are so common nowadays that most people know what they refer to. But if you heard your teen talk about a drug using a more obscure slang word, would you know what it referred to? Would you know what steps to take if you suspected that your teen is struggling with substance abuse? For statistics about the frequency of drug addiction, check out this link to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The numbers show the terrifying reality that many teens are using and...

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What Not to Do When Someone Comes Home from Rehab

Posted on Jul 22, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What Not to Do When Someone Comes Home from Rehab

The weeks right after a loved one comes from home from a recovery program are a critical time. Studies have shown that relapses are far more likely to happen during the first few weeks of independent living. Without the familiar boundaries of residential treatment, it’s likely that your loved one will need extra support. Here are some things that you shouldn’t do when your loved one returns from a drug or alcohol recovery center: Don’t… 1. Impose Your Own Plans on Your Loved One You might have your own ideas of what recovery looks like. Maybe...

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How to Support a Loved One in Rehab

Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to Support a Loved One in Rehab

You just dropped off your child, spouse, parent, or friend at an addiction recovery center. It’s been a long path getting to this point and you’re a mixture of exhaustion, relief, anxiety, or maybe even guilt or fear. You’ve been so focused on your loved one’s monumental addiction problem that as you drive away you realize you have no idea what to do now. How are you supposed to spend your time? How can you help your loved one through addiction? What should you do? The day you drop off your loved one at a program is in many ways the beginning...

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