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Addiction Myths

Myths About Addiction People often have the idea that everyone who is suffering from addiction falls into a certain stereotype, that they are "all the same." Common misconceptions such as these have a direct impact on addicts and how people perceive them in day to day life. The way that addicts are portrayed on t.v.…
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What You Should Know About Alcohol Addiction

  What You Should Know About Alcohol Addiction Alcohol addiction is far more common and dangerous than most people realize. Many people do not consider alcohol to be dangerous because it is legal, but alcohol is said to be one of the most deadly substances in the country. There are more alcohol related deaths than…
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What You Should Know About Dual Diagnosis and Addiction

What is dual diagnosis? Dual diagnosis treatment, also known as co-occurring disorders, is a method used for a patient diagnosed with both a mental disorder and an addiction. Nearly 8.9 million Americans are affected by co-occurring mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Dual diagnosis treatment was invented in the early 1990's for people experiencing…
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The Importance of Relapse Prevention

The Role of Relapse Prevention in Addiction Treatment Relapse is defined as when an individual who has undergone a period of abstinence from drug or substance abuse returns to using a substance or drug. Approximately 40-60% of addiction patients will relapse.  In addiction, relapse is not uncommon and is a very real danger for an…
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Tips for Choosing a Sponsor in Recovery

Choosing a Sponsor in Recovery In early recovery attending an intensive outpatient program or outpatient program is a common next step after completing detox. Many patients also choose to attend 12-step based meetings as part of their continued recovery process. It is recommended that immediately upon entering treatment individuals begin the process of choosing a sponsor…
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How to Identify Signs of Alcohol Abuse

  Identifying Signs of Alcohol Abuse The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that in 2014, 87.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime – up from 86.8 percent in 2013. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United…
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Tips for Breaking Enabling Behaviors in Addiction

What is enabling? Enabling is defined as giving someone or something the authority or means to do something. More specifically with addiction, enabling is seen as assisting an addict with something that they are capable of doing and by all means should be doing themselves. Drug addiction is a complex disease that affects the user,…
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Tips to Support a Loved One in Early Recovery

Tips to Support a Loved One in Early Recovery For the families and friends of an individual in recovery it can be difficult to know the best ways to show your support and love during this time. What do you say? What should you do? Below we have compiled some tips that we think will be helpful for families…
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Understanding Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) Drug & Alcohol Programs

What is an intensive outpatient (IOP) program or outpatient (OP) program? After completing a successful detox at an inpatient addiction program patients will often move to an intensive outpatient program for further treatment. An IOP program will typically include individual and group therapies. The therapists in the IOP program will work with the client to continue recovery…
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Identifying Addiction Early and Its Benefits

Identifying Addiction Early and Its Benefits When it comes to substance abuse, identifying addiction early has a number of benefits. A person doesn't have to "hit rock bottom" before seeking help for addiction. By identifying addiction early on and seeking treatment before matters get out of control, the individual often has increased chances at long-term…
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