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Are All Residential Drug Treatment Programs Basically the Same Program?

You’ve realized that you’re ready for a residential drug treatment program. You know it’s the most effective way to enjoy freedom from addiction. However, many programs are out there, and too many of them seem like they’re the same. So how do you sort through the similarities to find the right treatment for you? Beaches…

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Why Am I Drinking at Work?

Alcohol is an addictive and legal central nervous system depressant that causes intense feelings of euphoria and relaxation. More than 15 million Americans meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder or addiction annually. In addition, alcohol use disorders can include binge drinking and or chronic drinking, resulting in drinking at work, and you may need…

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What is the Media Influence on Drugs and Alcohol Use?

The media is everywhere you turn in our digital age. We’re bombarded with reality TV shows, tweets, tabloid headlines, Instagram pictures, and more. Our phones have become mini-computers connected to cyberspace constantly. According to Pew Research, in March 2018, 77 percent of Americans go online every single day. But does our society’s reliance on technology…

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Ativan vs. Xanax

Ativan vs. Xanax, what are they? They are prescription drugs that are used to treat psychiatric problems such as anxiety. They both fall under the drug category of benzodiazepines. Both drugs are highly addictive and were initially meant to be prescribed for short amounts of time. Why? Because people have often prescribed them for more…

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What are Fake Xanax Bars?

Xanax is a prescription sedative that contains alprazolam. It’s a benzodiazepine that treats anxiety and panic disorders. However, like many medications, they can be abused or misused. For those who don’t require a prescription for Xanax, abusing the drug creates a calming high. Like any drug, repeated use leads to a substance use disorder or…

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Health and Wellness Education During Addiction Treatment

A substance use disorder or addiction impacts all areas of an individual’s life. An addiction can lead to financial problems, relationship issues, and problems at work. Worse still, having an addiction can hurt the individual’s overall health and wellness. Over time, substance abuse disorders can hurt the individual’s physical, mental and emotional health. With the…

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Staging an Alcohol Intervention

When someone you love is struggling with alcohol use disorder, then alcohol intervention is an appropriate action. Statistics on drinking in the United States say that alcohol use disorder has increased by 11 percent. This is due to a number of factors, not least of which is the accessibility of alcohol and its social acceptance.…

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4 Benefits of Music Therapy for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

There are numerous therapeutic approaches to helping individuals who struggle with substance use disorder (addiction to drugs or alcohol) heal and recover from the disease of addiction. Music therapy for drug and alcohol addiction is a powerful and impactful means of helping addicts deal with their emotions and feelings, while empowering them to break free…

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Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

In the United States, more and more states are starting to legalize the use of marijuana. This plant has medicinal properties for people with certain ailments, but people also ask, “Is marijuana a gateway drug?” It’s not an uncommon question and has been present in most discussions about the usefulness and dangers of marijuana. Almost…