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Category: Addiction

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17 January

Last year in the United States, 70,237 people died from drug overdoses. Currently, over 21 million Americans have substance use disorders, yet only one in ten receive treatment.  In many cases, those who don’t get help are afraid of detox,  don’t think they can afford rehab or are worried they’ll lose their jobs.  To help you […]

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16 January

Completing an addiction treatment program is a great achievement. You know that you are on a path of sobriety and recovery. Not only do you feel very proud of yourself, as you should, you also feel a bit anxious and nervous about your new life now that you are leaving inpatient treatment. You wonder if […]

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14 January

Rumination—the pattern of focusing on the negative Replaying a mistake over and over in your head, or endlessly rehashing the details of a conversation are common responses when something goes wrong. As humans, we have evolved to disproportionately focus on the negative. In the past, when we were faced with life-threatening situations on a daily […]

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14 January

What is Art Therapy? Art therapy is a non-verbal alternative to traditional drug rehab treatments. A trained therapist guides participants, allowing them to express their feelings through art, rather than speech. This mode of therapy allows patients to express their emotions and thoughts through a non-verbal medium. This unique approach to psychological therapy caters to […]

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13 January

Americans are losing their lives to drug overdoses in increasing numbers each year.  The sharpest rise in deaths occurred between 2016 and 2017. Respectively, the death toll rose from 63,632 to 70,237.  The three drugs most frequently involved in the deaths are cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. However, several other illicit and legal drugs are also […]

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16 December

The Lonely Beginnings of Addiction Addiction and loneliness are closely intertwined, exacerbating one another, creating a dangerous cycle. Often, addiction begins as a type of self-medication, sometimes to medicate the loneliness one might be feeling. Indeed, a lack of meaningful relationships or social support can leave someone feeling pretty down, with nowhere else to turn […]

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15 December

As with most unpleasant subjects, humans don’t want to think about the effects of their alcoholism or drug abuse on young children.  We’re guilty of thinking children are resilient and will outgrow the trauma they suffered as a result of living with addicted parents. However, experts now agree that parental drug or alcohol abuse has […]

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14 December

Prescription medications have saved many lives and helped people enjoy an improved quality of life.  But, when these substances are abused, the results are less than desirable. The US is now in the midst of an out-of-control opioid crisis.  More than 47,600 people died from opioid overdose in 2017, according to the CDC. To put […]

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09 December

The invitations are coming in.  It’s that time of year where the assumption that social gatherings are wanted, needed and even required to have a ‘jolly’ holiday season.  Most people don’t consider what parties and events mean for those of us in recovery.  While it’s understood that feeling connected to community is key to recovery, […]

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04 December

The complexities of both the physical and mental aspects to addiction continue to baffle those of us who aren’t educated on the issue. I’ve been blogging about addiction for over two years now, and while I’ve gained some general knowledge, and have read countless internet articles about a wide variety of addiction issues, I confess […]

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