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The Importance of Aftercare in Drug Abuse Recovery

Substance abuse is a complex obstacle to overcome, and recovery is an ongoing process that does not end after treatment. Many assume that drug abuse recovery only includes detox. In reality, detox is merely a brief treatment period that assists in expelling substances from the body and dealing with withdrawal symptoms. The lack of extended [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:11+00:00 Recovery Process|

How Underage Drinking Can Contribute to Long-Term Substance Misuse

Underage drinking is a dangerous pastime of many high school and college students. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 11 percent of the alcohol in the United States is consumed by underage drinkers and over 90 percent of underage drinkers have engaged in binge drinking. While underage drinking may seem inconsequential in the [...]

Four Common Triggers For Those Struggling With Substance Abuse

Those who are in recovery from substance abuse may find that drugs or alcohol served as coping tools for unresolved emotional issues. The ability to be aware of triggers that increase the desire for negative coping mechanisms is an important part of sustained recovery and essential for continued healing. While professional treatment is the first [...]

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Supporting Loved Ones Through Addiction and Recovery

Having a loved one that struggles with an addiction can be a challenge for an entire family as well as their social circles. In many cases, it can be difficult to understand how best to help a loved one struggling with addiction. Their wants and needs may differ from yours, and yours may differ from [...]

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A Path to Recovery for PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disability that affects people who have gone through trauma. PTSD patients often struggle with the experience of reliving emotions they felt during their trauma and making unpleasant emotional connections as a result of the memories. Luckily, there are recovery options that can help people who struggle with PTSD [...]

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How Employment and Identity Contribute to Substance Abuse Recovery

For those struggling with substance abuse, the effects of the abuse can permeate to all areas of life. From relationships with family and friends to overall lifestyle, substance abuse plays a huge factor in daily routines and responsibilities and can have a huge impact on an abuser’s career. Jobs can play a big roll in [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:11+00:00 Recovery Process|

Uncovering the Stigma of Addiction

When struggling with addiction, recovery is a constant process. It can vacillate between great successes and feeling like there's no one left in your corner. There are many stigmas associated with addiction that can influence the ways in which people react to you during recovery. These stigmas are a difficult part of healing and need [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:12+00:00 Treatment|

Tips for a Substance-Free Holiday

The holidays can be a difficult time for people recovering from addiction. Stress, visiting with family members and alcohol-fueled holiday parties can add triggers that may not be present during the rest of the year. If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, these tips can help you have a substance-free holiday this year. [...]

2018-04-05T10:32:12+00:00 Recovery Process|

What the Rise in Opioid Overdoses Means for Substance Abuse Treatment

Drug overdose deaths due to opioid abuse have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. Opioid abuse has contributed to more than half a million deaths between 2000 and 2015. During that [...]

Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Family Unit

It is said that addiction is a family disease, but what does that actually mean? According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, this describes the profound and stressful impact that a family member's substance abuse can have on his or her loved ones. How Does Substance Abuse Impact the Family? Addiction has [...]

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