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Addiction Treatment for Professionals: How To Stay Discreet

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Addiction Treatment for Professionals: How To Stay Discreet

Many people who seek addiction treatment may feel nervous about others finding out about their illness; they may fear losing their jobs, relationships, or reputation. People whose professions are high-profile, like executives, school superintendents, or prominent newscasters, may feel even more pressure to keep their addiction treatment private. In fact, the fear of being “found out” often keeps these professionals from seeking help, sometimes until it is too late. Because of the social stigma of addiction, most treatment centers value and...

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Gender Specific Therapy

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Gender Specific Therapy

A Personal Experience: Sponsorship is a key element to 12-step recovery. Although there are no rules, there are suggestions based on the experience of others. One of these suggestions is that men sponsor men and women sponsor women. To be blunt, I thought that was a ridiculous and archaic thought process. What is the difference in who sponsors you? Well, as a gay man, I soon learned the importance of this suggestion. My sex life in addiction was out of balance, to say the least. Just like all other relationships in my life, I did not have a...

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Morning Meditations

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Morning Meditations

Many addiction treatment centers and sober living houses alike use morning meditations as part of their recovery programs. There are different types of meditation, but the common goal is personal care of the mind and spirit. In the last ten years, hundreds of studies have been released that tout the benefits of meditation. For example, practicing daily meditation has been proven to boost physical health by increasing immune function and decreasing pain and inflammation. Additionally, research shows that meditation improves a person’s...

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How to be Self-Supporting Through Your Own Contributions in Recovery

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to be Self-Supporting Through Your Own Contributions in Recovery

For most addicts and alcoholics, the word ‘dependency’ doesn’t just apply to the substance itself. In the midst of addiction, it is common for individuals to become reliant on other people for financial support. Many rely on friends and family members to help them survive. In fact, this is where the age-old controversy of “supporting versus enabling” stems from. Whether you have managed to financially support yourself throughout your addiction or have accepted the help of loved ones, recovery asks something new of everyone. When we enter into...

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What are Psychoeducational Groups?

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What are Psychoeducational Groups?

Addiction treatment programs, both inpatient and outpatient, utilize several different types of therapy to help individuals recover. Some common methods are individual therapy, group therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), relapse prevention classes, drug and alcohol education, life skills classes, and psychoeducational groups. So what are psychoeducational groups and what do they look like? Psychoeducational groups are designed to educate clients about substance abuse and its behavioral, physical (medical), and psychological...

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How to Enjoy a Sober Mardi Gras

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

How to Enjoy a Sober Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a celebration of overindulgence before the Lenten season. It’s a time for laughter, dancing, parades, food, family, and friends. Unfortunately, Fat Tuesday is also strongly associated with drugs and alcohol. There’s no doubt that staying sober during Mardi Gras can be challenging, even if you’re several years into the recovery process. To enjoy the celebration without a relapse, you need to develop a solid game plan. Skip the Rowdy Spots and Attend a Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Event The French Quarter is one of the...

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Why Is Continuing Care Planning Important to Recovery?

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Why Is Continuing Care Planning Important to Recovery?

Recovering from an addiction doesn’t end when you leave rehab. Like other serious medical conditions, continuing care and an ongoing treatment plan are required to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Skipping this important step of recovery can lead to relapse. Relapse and Recovery Rates Because of the chronic nature of addiction, relapsing at some point is likely. Relapse rates for addicts are similar to those for other chronic medical conditions such as asthma, hypertension, or diabetes, which have both behavioral and physiological components....

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Alcohol Abuse in College

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Alcoholism, Blog | 0 comments

Alcohol Abuse in College

After graduating high school, many students go on to universities to further pursue their educations. If there’s one theme besides academics when it comes to college, it’s probably “partying.” Whether it’s a party at a fraternity or sorority house, on or off campus, you can be assured there will be some underage drinking going on. While partying has long been seen as a rite of passage to college life, a host of problems can be directly associated with the alcohol abuse that occurs at parties. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use...

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The Importance of Gender-specific Recovery

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

The Importance of Gender-specific Recovery

Addiction is a disease that affects both men and women, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they experience the disease the same way. Men and women respond to drug and alcohol treatment differently. Gender-specific treatment programs can meet each group’s specific needs to help them move forward toward long-term sobriety. Substance Abuse Treatment for Women: It’s About Relationships When women start abusing drugs and alcohol, it’s often in the context of a relationship. They may begin using with a partner, close friend or family member....

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An Introduction to Recovery for Professionals

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

An Introduction to Recovery for Professionals

Recent research suggests that approximately 10% of people in the United States suffer from some type of substance use problem. It may surprise you to learn that this statistic is the same or higher among medical and healthcare professionals. Michel A. Sucher, MD, past president of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine, explains that: “About 10 to 12 percent of the general population becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs at some point in their lives. For dentists and physicians, the prevalence is probably 12 to 19 percent.” Some...

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