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Common Misconceptions About Addiction

There are many stereotypes associated with addiction. Addiction affects people of all types. Many individuals that struggle with addiction hold jobs, have families and maintain rich relationships with the people they are close to. There is no such thing as a "typical" addict. For this reason, it is important to understand the common misconceptions around [...]

Alcohol Withdrawal: Symptoms, Timeline, & Solutions

Alcohol withdrawal refers to the series of symptoms and physical effects that someone who is dependent on alcohol experiences when they stop drinking. The degree to which someone experiences these symptoms depends on how heavily they drink and how long they have been practicing these habits. For someone with a larger alcohol dependency, these symptoms [...]

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse affects a wide variety of people from all different backgrounds. For many, substance abuse is accompanied with mental illness. Self-medicating for a mental illness can sometimes result in substance abuse. This can potentially lead to addiction and can have negative effects on an underlying mental illness. In some cases, substance abuse can increase [...]

2018-06-14T17:03:22+00:00 Health & Wellness|

3 Important Types of Self-Care after Treatment for Substance Abuse

Patients with substance abuse disorders often struggle with self-care after treatment.  The concept of self-care can be new and foreign to those dealing with the obstacles that come with addiction. Self-care comes in many different forms. Here are three types of self-care that can be helpful for those recovering from addiction: Emotional self-care Addiction can [...]

2018-06-14T16:57:45+00:00 Recovery Process|

The Role of Advocates in Substance Abuse Recovery

Treatment is a key contributor to successful substance abuse recovery. However, in-house care is just one part of rehabilitation. Successful long term recovery also includes access to a strong support network, recovery advocates, and friends and family who support the recovery process. Why Advocates Are an Important Part of Care Studies show that environment can [...]

2018-06-06T15:39:06+00:00 Recovery Process|

How to Plan for the Future After Substance Abuse Treatment

Recovery from substance abuse is a complex process that can result in a long journey for those suffering from addiction. Patients in treatment may feel overwhelmed with the obstacles that await them outside of in-house care. In order to prepare for life outside of treatment, patients and support teams need to take the time to [...]

2018-06-06T15:19:00+00:00 Recovery Process|

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 [...]

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