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Facing the Financial Reality of Addiction

Posted by December 12, 2019 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Facing the Financial Reality of Addiction

What is the true cost of addiction? It’s too great to calculate. Substance use disorder can deplete your ability to work, damage your relationships, and devastate your finances. You know how hard it is to recover from addiction; overcoming the financial toll of years of use can be nearly as difficult. While addiction treatment may seem like too much of an additional financial burden, getting treatment can help you and your family avoid financial ruin in the long run. Addiction and Your Finances Addiction and poor finances feed each other....

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7 Benefits of Entering Inpatient Addiction Treatment During the Holidays

Posted by November 29, 2019 in Addiction, Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

7 Benefits of Entering Inpatient Addiction Treatment During the Holidays

Making Recovery a Priority Heading off to drug and alcohol addiction treatment should be a top priority for anyone with a substance use disorder. Unfortunately, it’s easy to think of excuses to delay treatment: scheduled meetings, work projects, vacations, birthdays, and more. But in truth, any time of year is the ideal time for beginning your recovery–even the holiday season. Entering treatment during the holiday season might be exactly what you need to show yourself and your loved ones that you are serious about recovery. Here are...

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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Posted by November 20, 2019 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

A Foundation of Care for SUD Addiction to alcohol and drugs requires a customized treatment plan for each individual. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is to identify and develop coping mechanisms for addiction. Also known as psychotherapy or talk therapy, it is one of the foundations of care available to those struggling with alcohol and drug dependency. At the heart of CBT is helping individuals to become aware of negative thinking that can make it difficult to handle situations properly. Those who work through this therapy...

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How Can a Professionals-Focused Addiction Treatment Program Help You?

Posted by November 12, 2019 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog | 0 comments

How Can a Professionals-Focused Addiction Treatment Program Help You?

Professionals face a difficult situation if they have a substance abuse problem. You may know you need help with your addiction, but you’re afraid of admitting that because it could cost you your job. Professionals, especially those who hold licenses to perform their jobs, need to take steps to protect themselves and their clients from the problems addiction causes. Where do you start, and what can you do right now? Recognize the Impact Addiction Has on the Workplace A study published in the National Institutes of Health found that 75 percent...

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Addiction Help: When Your Loved One Is Abusing Cocaine

Posted by October 30, 2019 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Addiction Help: When Your Loved One Is Abusing Cocaine

Cocaine addiction is a very real crisis in the U.S. While it does not get as much attention as opioid addiction or alcoholism, it is still a prominent, life-threatening disease impacting millions of people. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that, in 2014, about 1.5 million people were using cocaine, with those age 18 to 25 being the most likely users. What Is Cocaine Addiction? Cocaine, and all of its forms, is a dangerous type of drug that interacts with the central nervous system. Those who use it can develop intense cravings for...

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What Is a Relapse Prevention Program?

Posted by October 21, 2019 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

What Is a Relapse Prevention Program?

You’ve just completed residential or outpatient addiction treatment, and you’re feeling confident and strong. Feeling this good, why would you ever be tempted to relapse? Those who are several months or years into the process know that addiction recovery is complex and filled with challenges. In the first few months, you’ll encounter people, places, and emotions that will make you want to use again. If you participate in a relapse prevention program, you’ll have a place to go for help when you start to feel the cravings that you thought you’d...

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How to Manage Stress Holistically, Without Drugs

Posted by October 15, 2019 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to Manage Stress Holistically, Without Drugs

Being under a significant amount of stress can lead you to crave drugs or alcohol as an escape. But using substances just increases stress–the stress of trying to procure the substance, of trying to hide your use from others, and of knowing, all the time, that the stress you’re running from will be there waiting for you. In all situations, stress and drugs are a complicated and even deadly mix. Should You Take More Medications to Deal with Stress? If you used to head to the bar after a long day at work or use illegal substances to...

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The Stigma of Addiction

Posted by October 4, 2019 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

The Stigma of Addiction

A Personal Story Vicki Allendorf, founder and director of the national non-profit I Hate Heroin and a personal friend of this writer, was blessed with three beautiful sons whom she loved more than anything else. Her boys meant the world to her from the day she gave birth to each of them. “They were all musically gifted. They played and sang in many bands. They all excelled in sports and played football and hockey,” Vicki wrote on Facebook. “Zach was the class president and very active in his church. Taylor was my very own MacGyver, and his...

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Opioids: When Addiction Happens Due to Prescription Use

Posted by September 25, 2019 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Opioids: When Addiction Happens Due to Prescription Use

Are you wondering if your loved one may be addicted to pain medications? Though you know they suffer from pain, you’re worried about the symptoms of addiction you’re noticing. What’s going on with them, and what can you do about it? Opioid Addiction Is No Longer Uncommon The statistics on opioid addiction are profound. Every day in the U.S. over 130 people die from overdosing on opioids, many of which take the form of prescription pain relievers. In 2017, an estimated 1.7 million people suffered from substance abuse related to prescription...

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The Relationship Between Addiction and Trauma

Posted by September 13, 2019 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

The Relationship Between Addiction and Trauma

An Overview Past traumatic incidents are incredibly difficult to work through even for those with a strong support system. Someone who has experienced trauma is at higher risk of developing a substance abuse disorder. Addiction is not only more common in those with past trauma, but it’s also more difficult to overcome. It’s possible to break free from both addiction and the impact trauma has had on your life. To do so, you’ll need to heal your mind and body from both conditions, which is best done with the help of a licensed therapist. No...

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