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Recognizing Relapse Warning Signs

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Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is a long process that will likely be with you for the rest of your life. Addiction is not something that goes away, because even after you’ve beaten the physical withdrawal and mental addiction, you will still be at risk for relapse. Data shows that anywhere from 40 to 50% of all recovering drug and alcohol addicts will eventually relapse. This doesn’t consider the fact that most people will use small amounts of their substance when they first leave rehab. Instead, it accounts for people who succumb to cravings, stress, and negative emotions, […]

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How to Be Involved in a Loved One’s Recovery

How to Be Involved in a Loved One’s Recovery

Addiction is a very poorly understood, highly stigmatized disease. Many people see addiction as a behavioral problem wherein addicts consciously and repeatedly choose alcohol or drugs over their health, relationships, careers and independence. However, most addicts don’t want to be in active addiction. As the repercussions of having a substance abuse problem accumulate over time, it quickly becomes an unhealthy, dangerous way of life. For those of us who haven’t experienced addiction first hand, it can be difficult to understand why addicts have such difficulty ceasing a behavior that wreaks such havoc in their lives. Understanding addiction and the recovery […]

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Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

It’s been an extremely important year for addiction and recovery. We learned quite a bit about the disease, including how alcohol and drug abuse are significantly causes of the shorter life expectancy of Americans. As well, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines that will help to minimize the misuse and diversion of pharmaceutical drugs. In early 2016, President Barack Obama brought much awareness to the state of opioid addiction in the United States by pushing for additional funding for medication-assisted addiction treatment programs. Later in the year, Obama encouraged remembrance of those lost to addiction and […]

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Building a Support System During and After Treatment

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Recovering from an addiction is a long process that involves physical and mental withdrawal, long-term cravings, and lifestyle changes that will help you to combat the original causes of your addiction and your addiction triggers. While the first step to overcoming an addiction is always seeking out professional help for addiction treatment, you will have to begin to build a support group around yourself while you are in treatment so that you can rely on people to help you once you no longer have the support of a clinic or facility. Your therapist or counselor will no doubt discuss building […]

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Is There a Place for Spirituality in Addiction Recovery?

Is There a Place for Spirituality in Addiction Recovery?

Addiction is an extremely polarizing topic. While the medical and scientific communities agree that it’s a brain disease, there are still many people in the general public who see addiction as an issue of morality. In short, the common misconception is that those who struggle with substance abuse issues are simply bad people. Since addicts so often find themselves demonized in society,1 many are resistant to treatment since it requires them to openly identify as an addict. Clearly, there’s a discrepancy between what’s known about addiction as a disease and the negative perceptions that often keep people from seeking the […]

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