Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug to Serious Substance Abuse?

March 3, 2017 | #Addiction

The most common arguments put forward by people who oppose the legalization of marijuana is that marijuana is a gateway drug to more serious substances. It’s commonly assumed that those who take marijuana are more likely to experiment with more dangerous drugs. But do the facts bear this view out? As early as the late [...]

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Are Pain Medications Without Side Effects Available?

December 7, 2016 | #Drugs

Physicians are able to prescribe certain medications that can do wonders to eliminate or severely reduce pain. These pain medications are primarily opioids, which are synthetic drugs that activate the same receptors in the body as heroin. The biggest drawbacks to using these prescription pain medications, however, are the many dangerous side effects that can [...]

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Symptoms of Prescription Painkiller Addiction

December 5, 2016 | #Addiction

Prescription painkiller addiction is growing rapidly, especially among teens and adolescents. Prescription painkillers are second only to marijuana as the most commonly abused substances today.1 Addiction to Opioid Painkillers In many cases the use of prescription painkillers begins in a legitimate way, such as to ease pain from injury, surgery or dental procedures. However, the [...]

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Should I Detox at Home or in a Facility?

December 1, 2016 | #Treatment

Breaking the cycle of addiction can be very difficult and for some, and having to choose between detox at home or detox in a facility is of the most frightening aspects of regaining control. Detox and the Body Drug or alcohol abuse severely affects the brain and body. Before beginning rehabilitation from addiction, the body [...]

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Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment: Which is Right for You?

November 28, 2016 | #Treatment

Two primary program options exist for addiction treatment that raises many questions inpatient or outpatient? Inpatient treatment involves full-time residence at the treatment facility, and outpatient programs allow you to live at home while participating in therapy. Inpatient facilities tend to be intensive and highly structured while outpatient programs allow a greater degree of freedom. [...]

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Build a Support System for Addiction Recovery

November 22, 2016 | #Addiction

A healthy support system for addiction recovery is a critical component of maintaining sobriety for the long-term. Establishing a support system that you can rely on might be easier than you think. Support System for Addiction Recovery The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as a process of change.1 With change [...]

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Holistic Therapy for Recovery

November 17, 2016 | #Treatment

Holistic approaches to reducing stress can help during the detox process to calm you and improve your mental and physical well-being. Other ways to utilize therapy for recovery can relieve pain and stimulate healing, lower blood pressure and heart rate, help you reconnect with your inner self and even treat insomnia that can coincide with [...]

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California Ranks Highest in the Nation for Opioid-Related Deaths

November 14, 2016 | #Addiction

Every 18 minutes someone in the U.S. dies from an opioid-related deaths. One report revealed that California ranks highest in the country for these types of drug-related deaths.1The report also found that: California's opioid-related deaths topped the nation with 4,521 in 2014. California hospitals treated 11,500 people for overdoses in 2013, roughly one overdose every [...]

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Effects of Addiction on the Family

November 10, 2016 | #Family

Drug addiction affects not only the person who is struggling with substance abuse, but also the whole family. Since the family is a system of closely interconnected parts, what impacts one member has a domino effect throughout all members. Can't the Person Just Stop? While a person takes drugs voluntarily at the start, as time [...]

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California's Heroin Alley

November 3, 2016 | #Drugs

In the early 1900s, oil seeped out of the ground along the Kern River where it passed through Oildale, California. Oil mining began, and the area flourished and became a town, housing the workers who came to work the oil fields. Although it was once a prosperous oil town, today this area is marked by [...]

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The Effects of Heroin Abuse

November 2, 2016 | #Drugs

Heroin abuse has reached epidemic levels in the United States, and people who have become dependent on heroin face serious and even deadly consequences. What makes heroin such a dangerous drug? Multiple factors contribute to its harmful nature. The highly addictive properties of the drug fuel the cycle of abuse, tolerance and dependence, and the [...]

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Involve Family in Your Recovery

October 28, 2016 | #Family

Residential and outpatient substance abuse programs each offer opportunities to involve family in your recovery. Programs are designed to provide for the unique needs of the recovering person, and you are the primary focus of the professional services being offered. Your family is able to gain perspective about addiction and how their own behavior may [...]

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Preparing Yourself for the Withdrawal Process

October 24, 2016 | #Treatment

Sometimes the mind is the hardest thing to prepare before going through the withdrawal process, but it is very important to be full of strong and positive thoughts. Hope is the conquering power that can help you overcome every crisis in life. In addition to physical rest, be sure you fill your mind with thoughts [...]

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What Is Being Done to Fight Painkiller Abuse?

October 21, 2016 | #Drugs

Painkiller abuse is a growing epidemic in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2000 to 2014 about 500,000 people died from drug overdoses. Approximately 78 individuals in our country die each day from an opioid overdose.1 These statistics create a frightening situation when you need pain management. Are opioid [...]

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Detox: Is It Right for Me?

October 18, 2016 | #Treatment

Is a detox right for you? It is if you have a dependence on substances like opiates or alcohol. A detox will help you to cleanse your body safely and comfortably. A medically supervised detox is the safest choice. Your body, once it becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, requires the substance you are addicted [...]

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Celebrate Your Sober Anniversary

October 14, 2016 | #Aftercare

Every day sober is a milestone in the life of someone who is in recovery from addiction. There is a good reason to celebrate when six months or a year of sobriety is reached. Anniversaries remind you how far you have come and that you can continue to prevail when life seems stressful. Celebrating your [...]

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How Do I Know If I Have a Drinking Problem?

October 10, 2016 | #Addiction

Do you ever get asked about your drinking habits? Has a family member suggested you should slow down your alcohol intake, or that you may have a drinking problem? Have friends ever chided you for getting drunk at every party or social gathering? If some of this sounds familiar, You could have a drinking problem [...]

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Addiction Therapy: All About Cognitive Process Group

October 3, 2016 | #Treatment

The most effective addiction therapy programs use a wide range of treatment methods to help people suffering from addiction become and remain sober. A cognitive process group is one tool that helps individuals overcome dependence. What is the Cognitive Process? The cognitive process simply means the process of thinking or the engagement of remembering. The [...]

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Addiction Therapy: All About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

September 29, 2016 | #Treatment

The most effective addiction treatment programs use a variety of therapy approaches to address underlying issues that are psychological as well as behavioral. One addiction therapy method that helps change negative thought patterns and behaviors is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The ultimate goal of CBT in addiction treatment is to help substance abusers become [...]

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Addiction Therapy: All About Relapse Prevention

September 26, 2016 | #Treatment

For those in recovery, a sober and healthy life free from drug or alcohol addiction runs the risk of relapse. Relapse occurs when an individual experiences a period of sobriety and returns to using substances. Relapse Statistics Relapse rates for addiction range from 20 percent to about 80 percent. According to a study1 by Alcoholics [...]

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Addiction Therapy: All About Recreational Therapy

September 23, 2016 | #Treatment

A variety of treatment methods are available for addiction therapy. The first stage in addiction treatment is detoxification to help you to get addictive substances out of your system. This is followed by a range of therapies designed to help you learn about addiction and to help you fight off urges to relapse. One of [...]

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Addiction Therapy: All About Art Therapy

September 20, 2016 | #Treatment

Art is a creative and relaxing activity for many people; however, the benefits of creating art can actually reach much further. Art therapy has proven to be an effective part of an addiction treatment plan, acting as a valuable complement to counseling, psychotherapy and medication. In this article, we'll learn more about art therapy and [...]

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Addiction Therapy: All About Milieu Therapy

September 15, 2016 | #Treatment

Milieu therapy is a special type of therapeutic treatment that is frequently utilized in psychiatric facilities. While this form of therapy is often used to treat behavioral issues and mental health disorders, a milieu can also play a key role in addiction treatment. In this article, we'll discuss how milieu therapy works and how it [...]

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Addiction Therapy: All About Exercise Therapy

September 12, 2016 | #Treatment

When individuals become addicted to a substance, they enter a spiral of decreasing physical, psychological and behavioral health that can be devastating. A variety of therapy modalities are used to overcome the negative thought patterns and destructive behaviors that can keep people locked in their addiction, including exercise therapy. Exercise therapy can be a beneficial [...]

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Addiction Therapy: All About Yoga and Meditation

September 8, 2016 | #Treatment

Addiction is a chronic brain disease that requires professional treatment to manage cravings and maintain positive behavioral habits. People in residential therapy must also learn practical skills for returning to regular life. A variety of therapies are available to help people reduce stress and deal with emotions, as well as understand the underlying motivations for [...]

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Exploring Art Therapy in Addiction Recovery

September 1, 2016 | #Treatment

Art therapy is one of many supplemental activities that people who are on the road to recovery from addiction can experience great benefits from. Alternative treatments like art therapy can play an important role in helping people who are suffering from addiction to rediscover constructive and creative behaviors that help them abstain from alcohol or [...]

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Are E-Cigarettes Bad News for Our Youth?

August 30, 2016 | #Addiction

The use of e-cigarettes has grown exponentially since these types of products were introduced to the market. Some people who use them do so in an effort to quit smoking tobacco, or to cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke. Others use them in places where smoking tobacco is banned. Studies have shown [...]

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Regular Exercise: A Core Component of Addiction Recovery

August 24, 2016 | #Addiction

When people suffer from addiction, their physical condition can deteriorate dramatically. For many, their entire focus is on obtaining the substances to which they are addicted. Money that would more appropriately be spent on food or rent may be used instead to buy drugs or alcohol. When these people eventually seek help to treat their [...]

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Why You Should Help Children of Alcoholics

August 23, 2016 | #Alcohol

Chances are, you know some children whose parents suffer from alcohol addiction. According to the National Council On Alcohol and Drug Dependence, 25 percent of all children live in a household where addiction is a problem1. When a parent is affected by alcoholism, life can be particularly traumatic for the children. It can seem difficult [...]

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The Importance of Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment

August 18, 2016 | #Treatment

Group therapy1 is an integral part of many treatment programs for people who suffer from addiction or substance abuse. It is a mainstay of the 12-step program that was originally devised for Alcoholics Anonymous, and it continues to be one of the most positive components in addiction and substance abuse recovery. People who suffer from [...]

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Binge Drinking: Are Young Adults at Risk?

August 16, 2016 | #Alcohol

Binge drinking may be seen by some as a bit of harmless fun. In reality, it is a major public health issue and causes many social problems. Binge drinking has reached epidemic proportions. Health authorities are rightly concerned because more than 79,000 Americans die every year as a result of drinking alcohol, and 4,300 of [...]

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Common Misconceptions About Sobriety

August 11, 2016 | #Aftercare

When people become addicted to alcohol or other substances, they often find ways to justify their continued use of the addictive substances. Their reasons often sound logical to them, but their thinking is often just plain wrong. Some of the most common excuses are outlined below. “I Can't Function Without Taking Substances” Many people develop [...]

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Is It Possible to Define Recovery from Addiction?

August 9, 2016 | #Addiction

Understanding recovery in addiction is not straightforward. There is no precise definition of what constitutes recovery. The reality is that recovery can mean different things to different people because it is a very subjective term. Setting Milestones and Goals It is not uncommon for people suffering from addiction to think of recovery in terms of [...]

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Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse

August 3, 2016 | #Drugs

You may not be aware of a danger that's lurking in your medicine cabinet. Some people have discovered another use for many over-the-counter cough and cold medicines: getting high. The common ingredient in these medicines is dextromethorphan (DXM), which acts as a cough suppressant. Taken at normal doses, this ingredient is harmless; however, it has [...]

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Fentanyl: What You Need to Know

July 27, 2016 | #Drugs

Opioid drugs are valued for their ability to relieve pain, but they also carry a high risk of abuse and addiction. Heroin abuse now affects virtually every demographic group in the United States, and the abuse of prescription painkillers has grown to epidemic proportions. While you may have heard of some prescription opioids such as [...]

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Trigger Warning: Preventing and Coping with Relapse

July 27, 2016 | #Relapse

Once you're in recovery for addiction, one of the most difficult parts of living a sober life is dealing with triggers. Everyone struggling with addiction faces different triggers, and it can be difficult to know how to overcome them. Fortunately, there are many methods for handling triggers. What Are Triggers? A trigger is an emotion, [...]

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The Unique Challenges Facing Young Adults in Recovery

July 20, 2016 | #Treatment

People are the most likely to start abusing drugs, like alcohol as well as illegal and prescription drugs, during adolescence and as young adults. An estimated 70 percent of high school students in their senior year report they have tried alcohol, 50 percent report taking an illegal drug and about 40 percent have smoked a [...]

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Binge Drinking: What You Need to Know

July 13, 2016 | #Alcohol

What is Binge Drinking? When does moderate alcohol consumption cross the line into binge drinking? The guidelines created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for moderate alcohol consumption is one drink a day for women and one to two drinks a day for men. The NIAAA characterizes binge drinking as consuming [...]

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How to Cope with the Stigma of Addiction

July 8, 2016 | #Alcohol

Addiction to drugs or alcohol leads to a variety of problems, including health issues, psychological disruption, relationship issues and employment difficulties. One of the most difficult problems to overcome is the stigma society continues to have about individuals who deal with addiction. Finding ways to educate others about the nature of addiction and the value [...]

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Relapse Prevention: Creating a Recovery Plan

June 27, 2016 | #Relapse

Completing substance abuse treatment is a big accomplishment, but it's also just the beginning of a lifelong journey. Addiction is a chronic disease, and relapse is a part of many people's story. In fact, studies show that 40 to 60 percent of recovering addicts will relapse at least once after treatment. It's important to make [...]

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MDMA/Molly: What You Should Know

June 20, 2016 | #Drugs

You've probably heard of molly or MDMA, but you might not know much else about these substances other than recognizing the name. These party drugs have become increasingly popular in the United States and abroad, but they carry the risk of dangerous consequences. This article will discuss Molly and MDMA, and it will cover some [...]

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Are Prescription Painkillers Dangerous?

June 20, 2016 | #Drugs

Prescriptions for painkillers are common in modern medicine, but despite being legal, prescription pain pills can be dangerous. Prescription painkillers may be helping you deal with temporary or chronic discomfort, but you should be aware of the potential for addiction. What Are Common Prescription Painkillers? The most common prescription pain pills are hydrocodone, like Vicodin, [...]

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Supporting Your Child Through Addiction Treatment

June 13, 2016 | #Family

Teen addiction can be devastating for you and your child, but with treatment and time, your teen can overcome their addiction. Once they've completed treatment, they will need your support to continue on the road to recovery. Fortunately, there are many ways you can provide support to your teen while they recover. Addiction Treatment and [...]

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Supporting Sobriety Through Healthy Lifestyle Choices

June 6, 2016 | #Aftercare

Overcoming addiction can be difficult, but recovery doesn't end when you stop using. Making healthy lifestyle choices is important to continued sobriety. Knowing where to start may be hard, but with a little help, you can create a healthier lifestyle. Recovery and Lifestyle Changes The impact of addiction on your life can be staggering, and [...]

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Starting Over: Finding a New Passion for Life in Recovery

May 30, 2016 | #Treatment

When you're in recovery, the future may feel uncertain. For the longest time, your life revolved around your addiction and getting your next high. Now that you are drug-free, you might wonder what you'll do with yourself now, and how you'll fight the desire to use again. While drugs or alcohol may have been your [...]

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Stress Management During Recovery

May 23, 2016 | #Treatment

Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone experiences certain situations from time to time that trigger their stress response. For someone in recovery, however, stress can have serious implications. Not only can stress contribute to the initial development of a substance abuse problem, but it can also fuel the cravings that lead to relapse. [...]

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Milieu Therapy in Addiction Treatment

May 16, 2016 | #Treatment

Milieu therapy is a form of group therapeutic treatment that is often practiced in psychiatric facilities. In addition to addressing a number of mental health disorders and behavioral problems, the supportive environment of a milieu can be an effective component of addiction treatment. This article goes over the basic elements of milieu therapy and discusses [...]

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The Power of Recreational Therapy

May 9, 2016 | #Treatment

People learn in different ways. Some people consider themselves visual learners, while others fare better with hands-on practice. In a similar sense, people also respond differently to various styles of addiction treatment. Not everyone has their biggest breakthroughs while sitting and talking during a psychotherapy session. For many people, participating in therapeutic recreational activities has [...]

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Why Long-term Care in Addiction Treatment Works

May 2, 2016 | #Treatment

Alcohol and drugs are powerful substances that can change your life, but addiction treatment can help you live a full, productive life. Thousands of people attempt to overcome addiction every year, and the longer they stay in treatment, the more likely they are to remain sober. With the right treatment, you can establish and maintain [...]

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Finding Addiction Treatment for Your Child

March 21, 2016 | #Family

Addiction in teens is a frightening prospect, but a finding addiction treatment facilities can help your child overcome drug or alcohol use. As a parent, you want your children to become healthy, responsible adults, but there are many opportunities for them to fall into addiction. Fortunately, finding a treatment center can help set them back [...]

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Your Child has an Addiction: What Can You Do?

March 21, 2016 | #Family

Addiction can affect any person or family. Despite your best efforts, your child may have developed an addiction. When your child has an addiction, speaking with them about their addiction can be challenging, but the alternatives are much worse. Fortunately, there are some ways you can prepare and engage them in conversation that may help [...]

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Is My Teen Addicted?

March 21, 2016 | #Family

Addiction doesn't only affect adults. Teens are also susceptible to the various temptations of drug abuse, and they may be just as secretive about it as adults can be. A young adult who falls into addiction may begin exhibiting signs that you can watch for. That's when you need to ask yourself: "Is my teen [...]

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