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Detox Treatment: How to Safely Combat Drug Withdrawal

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The Grips of Addiction When an individual enters the grips of addiction, he is physically and mentally dependant on drugs or alcohol. Dependence on the substance leads to an undeniably horrific experience, called withdrawals, which occurs when the person is not under the influence of his substance of choice. In order for an individual to […]

The Stigma of Addiction: The Evolution of Discrimination

Stigma of Addiction

Addicts and their families are all too familiar with the stigma of addiction. Society has painted addicts, whether in recovery or not, as criminals, thugs, and overall miscreants. Instead of looking at addicts as people who are sick and suffering, they’re consistently demonized. It is this stigma that often prevents many people who are struggling […]

Music In Recovery: Listening with Brand New Ears

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  Music Throughout the Ages The creation and deriving of pleasure from music are practices that humans have engaged in since the beginning of time. Across the millennia, the evolution of music can be seen occurring in tandem with that of man. Over the last century, much with its human counterpart, musical evolution has come […]

Toxic Relationships in Recovery

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Those Still Sick and Suffering in This Room Many people equate toxic relationships to active addiction and using. Typically when we are engaging in dangerous activities like abusing drugs and alcohol, our overall ability to make good decisions is severely impaired. But what about once we get sober? Toxic relationships in recovery are far more […]

Drug Binge: What to do When an Addict Disappears

A drug binge may cause an addict to disappear

After a blissful month of rebuilding your new life with a loved one who’s in recovery, you wake up one day to only find the hope you resurrected has disappeared along with them. As scary as it seems, if you’re a family member of an addict or an addict yourself, then you should be familiar […]

Better Together: Choosing the Right Alumni Group for You

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When someone steps out of rehab and into a new life free from the substances that once bound them, they can expect to face some challenges. Maintaining their sobriety could be among them, but there’s comfort in knowing that no one has to do it alone. Alumni groups are one way to ensure support is […]

MBRP: Healing Mind, Body, and Soul with Mindfulness

When you hear the word “mindfulness,” or even about mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP), it might be difficult to understand what that truly means. “Being mindful” seems almost apologetic, but also a form of meditation—so are people humming to themselves I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry as they sit in a quiet room? As is probably […]

How Women Became Affected by Opioid Epidemic

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As the government begins to fan the spark for treatment programs, opioid addictions continue to elude these initiatives as studies show just how vast this drug trend is. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that correlated the widespread of prescription drugs among women ages 15 to 44. According […]

Today’s Fake Prescription Drugs Weren’t Covered in D.A.R.E.

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The news stories about fake prescription drugs on the streets just keep coming. Counterfeit OxyContin is being sold. Fentanyl-laced Xanax knock-offs are making the rounds, and “heroin pills” are being passed off as legit pain medication. This is not what you were told to “just say no” to when you were in school, and even […]

7 More Myths about Rehab Treatment You Need to Stop Believing

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Myths about rehab treatment are never-ending because substance abuse and addiction continue to be unexplored by the general public. If people were more aware of the benefits and realities of rehab treatment for drug and alcohol addictions, perhaps there would be a larger turnout in people with substance addictions seeking treatment. As noted in the […]