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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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Key Features to Look for in a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center

Posted by August 28, 2019 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Key Features to Look for in a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center

You’re Ready, Now What? Once you know it’s time to seek out drug and alcohol addiction treatment, the question becomes where you should go for help. Many centers are available, but each is a bit different. Some include a wide range of programs. Others offer unique approaches to managing addiction. It’s important to choose a location that can provide you with the level of support you need. At the same time, there are also key features to look for in any center you consider. A Strong, Defined Medical Staff One of the keys to addiction...

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Addiction Symptoms Checklist: Opioid Symptoms

Posted by August 16, 2019 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Addiction Symptoms Checklist: Opioid Symptoms

You’ve watched your loved one struggle over the last few months, and you’re wondering what’s really happening. You may know they are using prescription drugs to get through chronic pain episodes. Or, you may suspect that your loved one is using illicit substances. What do you do? Don’t Overlook the Warning Signs of Opioid Addiction Opioid addiction has become one of the biggest public health problems in the country’s history. In 2017, there were 70,200 overdose deaths in the U.S. Of those, 47,600 of them were due...

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Recognizing Symptoms of Relapse in Your Loved One

Posted by August 7, 2019 in Addiction, Alcoholism, Blog | 0 comments

Recognizing Symptoms of Relapse in Your Loved One

Substance abuse disorder treatment doesn’t follow a straight line. Rather, it’s an up and down, curvy line that may include some instances of relapse. The sooner you notice your loved one heading toward relapse, the faster you can get help. Most importantly, don’t view relapse as a failure of treatment. Rather, see relapse as a common component of the rehabilitation journey. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that between 40 and 60 percent of people in drug treatment will experience a relapse. That relapse rate is about the same as...

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Proper Nutrition During Detoxification – What Your Body Needs

Posted by July 29, 2019 in Blog, Detox | 0 comments

Proper Nutrition During Detoxification – What Your Body Needs

When you stop using drugs or alcohol, your body begins the recovery process. During this period, it becomes critically important for you to focus on your diet. Balanced nutrition gives your body the fuel it needs to begin to heal from past substance abuse. How Does Alcohol and Drug Use Impact the Body? Substance abuse is damaging to the body in many ways. Drinking excessively and using illegal substances can lead to significant physical damage. It can impact the brain, liver, kidneys, and your heart. In addition, many people who have an...

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What Makes Addiction Treatment Successful?

Posted by July 18, 2019 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What Makes Addiction Treatment Successful?

Every person with a substance use disorder benefits from cutting-edge care in a respected drug and alcohol treatment center. Yet, from the outside, knowing what makes one program better than the other is hard to pinpoint. Finding the Best Treatment Option Most often, it’s a combination of factors that contributes to recovery success. When choosing a drug and alcohol treatment program for your loved one, you want to learn as much as you can about what type of care is provided and what services are accessible. Then, you need to match those...

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When to Tell Your Boss, Friends, and New Love Interests About Your Substance Use Disorder

Posted by July 10, 2019 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

When to Tell Your Boss, Friends, and New Love Interests About Your Substance Use Disorder

A Fresh Start You’ve made it through detox and are working to rediscover yourself in recovery. Now is the time to start creating new relationships and forming better bonds with the people in your life. When should you tell others about your substance use disorder? How do you let someone in on one of the most vulnerable aspects of your life? The short answer is to handle every situation on its own merit. Telling Your Boss About Your Addiction If you’ve battled alcohol or drug addiction, you know that it changed who you are and how you did your...

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