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Married to an Addict

Because individuals change over time, relationships also change. It’s a natural occurrence. But sometimes, a person in a relationship changes because of the influence of a substance use disorder. This can feel alienating to those around the individuals who care for them. Friends, loved ones, and family can all experience estrangement. Addiction doesn’t just affect…

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Clear Explanation of PHP vs IOP

When someone struggles with substance use disorder (an addiction to drugs or alcohol), it’s natural to wonder what treatment options are available. The first entry into the treatment world can come as a shock, with so many terms getting thrown around. There are residential, inpatient, and outpatient programs and a variety of therapies and treatment…

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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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Is Alcoholism Genetic?

Addiction is a disease that affects millions every year, yet only a small percentage of people find the help they need to heal and recover. There are many reasons for this, but one of them is a misunderstanding about the nature of a substance use disorder, an addiction to drugs or alcohol. In alcohol abuse…

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Undeniable Cocaine Use Symptoms

For generations now, cocaine abuse has been an issue among Americans. While the drug has no medicinal benefits, illicit drug users seem to find never-ending ways to partake of it. For the inexperienced eye, it’s tough to determine when someone has been using the drug. However, the same is not true of someone who has…

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Pointers on How to Beat Addiction

One unfortunate aspect in dealing with addiction is that for many struggling with it, they wait until they hit rock bottom before they seek help. For many, substance use disorder, an addiction to drugs or alcohol, is an extreme condition. Those struggling with it often try to ignore the condition, refusing to admit they have…

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Have a Sober Fourth of July

Being in recovery from a substance use disorder (an addiction to drugs or alcohol) can make many events challenging to manage. However, it’s not impossible to enjoy social events while still managing one’s recovery. You can say for sure that holidays are equal parts fun and stress even in the best of times. If you…

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What is Lean Drink?

The legal and illicit substances people use to experience a high are ever-changing. New combinations and more purified forms of drugs can be confusing to keep track of. One such combination of drugs is a drink called Lean. You may have heard the term and wondered, “What is lean drink?” Do you know someone who…

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Substance Induced Anxiety Disorder

Abusing drugs and alcohol can also cause mental health problems, such as a substance-induced anxiety disorder. During addiction, your brain’s pleasure and reward center changes and creates significant neurotransmitter imbalances. Drugs and alcohol can also cause cognitive and neurological impairments. When you suffer from addiction or a substance medication-induced anxiety disorder, finding treatment, such as…

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Finding an AA Sponsor

After completing addiction treatment, individuals in recovery are perhaps most focused on staying sober. The Early stages of recovery can be a challenge. When individuals return to their everyday life after addiction treatment, they may find triggers all around them. This is why i’s important to have a relapse prevention plan. For many, relapse prevention…