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Stigma and Addiction

BY: Ipek Aykol, LMFT License Number: 97315
What is stigma?
Facing and overcoming stigma is one of the major challenges for those who have addiction. Stigma is a discrediting negative attitude imposed by society on individuals for not being perceived as “normal”. Stigma evolves as a result of society’s fear, ignorance and prejudice towards people who go through […]

Costs of Addiction, Abuse, And the Value of Recovery

The price of addiction is expensive in a variety of different ways. First, the cost of addiction when it comes to your personal health and well-being can’t easily be quantified. Losing the sense of who you are through addiction is one of the worst situations that those suffering from this disease must face. The amount […]

What Are The Differences Between Residential Programs and Outpatient Facilities?

There are some very distinct differences between residential programs and outpatient programs that you or your loved ones need to know about before going to rehab. Equipped with the proper information, it will be easier to be able to make the right decision that will have the best results towards achieving and maintaining sobriety. In […]

How Does Addiction Manifest Itself In The Work Place?

When trying to recover from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it’s important to be extremely mindful in your recovery. Just because you have left behind the drugs or alcohol doesn’t mean that your addiction isn’t going to try to show itself in different ways. For many people, addiction can manifest itself in the work […]

Are Opioid-Free Painkillers the Key to Curbing Addiction?

The opioid epidemic in the United States is constantly growing to new and more alarming rates. One of the primary reasons for this is because the United States is the world leader when it comes to prescribing opioid medications. An example of the reason the U.S. is having a opioid problem is that while we […]

How Do People Hide Their Addiction Problem?

Addiction is a cunning disease that can tear families apart and make a person’s life highly unmanageable. One of the most difficult parts about being the loved one of someone suffering from addiction is knowing if he or she has a problem. Sometimes it seems much easier to turn a blind eye and pretend that […]

What Are Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms?

One of the most difficult parts about trying to get sober from an addiction to opiates is the symptoms of withdrawal. There are many reasons why people should never try to detox alone, but the primary one is that it puts this individual at a very high risk of relapse. Often, the symptoms of withdrawal […]

Synthetic Pot & High-Risk Activities

More and more young people are beginning to use synthetic cannabinoids, but many young people don’t know the consequences. These types of substances are created from a variety of different chemicals, and it induces similar effects to THC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that this synthetic drug can cause mood […]

Preparing Mentally for Rehabilitation

One of the most difficult decisions anyone must make is the one to ask for help and go to an addiction treatment program. What makes this so difficult is that the disease of addiction doesn’t want you to get well. Addiction affects a part of your brain that’s responsible for survival, so it’s difficult to have […]

Getting Sober As An Older Adult: How is Recovery Different?

As an older adult who has realized that drug or alcohol use has become a problem, recovery is still possible, but it’s different. The challenges you’ll face in recovery are going to be much different than someone who is young and struggling with an addiction. The first thing to realize is that the only one […]