The Relationship Between Stress and Drug Abuse

Posted on: December 18, 2020 by in Addiction
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We all experience stress in our lives. Whether the stress comes from our work places, families, or somewhere else, everyone can relate to feeling stressed from time to time. Stress is our body’s response to events or changes, both good and bad. When we feel stress, our brain tends to use a “fight-or-flight” reaction. These reactions can involve: Accelerated heart rate Increased body temperature Blood pressure spikes Increased respiration rates A reduced need for Continue Reading ...

Recognizing an Addiction Problem

Posted on: December 11, 2020 by in Addiction
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First of all, if you believe that you or someone you love is facing an addiction problem, know that you are not alone. The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a treatable, chronic medical disease that involves complex interactions about brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and life experiences. It is estimated that as many as 21 million Americans face addiction, but only 10 percent of those affected seek treatment. The good news is that treatment approaches for Continue Reading ...

Addiction Recovery During A Pandemic

Posted on: December 4, 2020 by in Addiction
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During these uncertain and difficult times, those who are in the stage of a drug or alcohol abuse recovery are particularly vulnerable. The stress that comes with COVID-19 and related social isolation can cause even worse substance abuse problems. A relapse occurs when patients during the recovery period from substance abuse suddenly break their abstinence. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse points out that around 50% of people in the recovery stage fall back into their old life Continue Reading ...

How To Help a Loved One Suffering from Substance Abuse

Posted on: November 27, 2020 by in Addiction
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If someone close to you struggles with substance abuse, they are going to face physical symptoms and likely mental health issues directly related to their substance abuse. Both of these symptoms can be long term. It is also possible these symptoms will spill over into other areas of their life and cause suffering to family and/or friends. For those who know someone facing this struggle, it is crucial to bear in mind that you need to notice signs of substance abuse in order to learn how to Continue Reading ...

Mental Health and COVID-19: How to Cope with Stress

Posted on: November 20, 2020 by in Articles
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Those who are suffering from mental health issues may be experiencing an increase in stress during this global pandemic. Worry and fear of the unknown can be overwhelmingly difficult to cope with. Know that what you are experiencing and going through can be common. There are a few behaviors to look out for or monitor to see if you or a loved one is dealing with stress in an unhealthy way. Physical behaviors of stress: Changes in sleep patterns or difficulty sleeping Increase in alcohol Continue Reading ...

Stimulant Use Disorder: There is Hope for Recovery

Posted on: November 6, 2020 by in Meth Treatment
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Stimulant use disorder is when a person abuses stimulants, which leads to clinically significant impairment or distress. This impairment can lead from mild to severe. Stimulants are wide-ranging and include meth, cocaine, and amphetamines. To be diagnosed with stimulant use disorder, the person must have a pattern of problematic use of stimulants (excluding caffeine or nicotine) and have had at least two other symptoms within the past 12 months. Other symptoms include: Inability to reduce Continue Reading ...

Are Halfway Houses Effective for Addiction Recovery?

Posted on: October 30, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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In order to briefly explain if someone should use a halfway house, it is important to first understand what a halfway house is. A halfway house is a transitional house for people who are recovering from alcohol/drug abuse but aren't quite ready to resume normal day-to-day living on their own. A halfway house has many benefits for someone who is recovering from substance abuse addiction. What Is A Halfway House? People can come to halfway houses from different places, but it's Continue Reading ...

What Can I Expect At A Drug And Alcohol Assessment

Posted on: October 23, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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Though a person might feel ashamed or embarrassed when it comes to substance problems/addiction, an evaluation is for your own good. Professionals who are focused on your wellbeing and addiction recovery cannot develop a concrete and successful plan if they do not know your history of addiction and/or substance abuse. This is the best time to be honest about yourself and to think about the factors that could affect your recovery, and share it with the specialists who are there to help you. Continue Reading ...

Inpatient Rehab: A Hope for a Serious Problem

Posted on: October 16, 2020 by in Rehab
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Inpatient rehab is an intensive residential treatment plan created to treat substance abuse problems. The patient arrives at the rehab center after realizing that his addiction is very serious and needs to be hospitalized to recover favorably. The first step of recovery is the detoxification of the addict, which is monitored by doctors and psychiatrists for 24 hours. The goal of this phase of treatment is to completely cleanse the body of all harmful substances. Once the detoxification stage Continue Reading ...

Understanding Outpatient Rehab

Posted on: October 9, 2020 by in Rehab
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For anyone who struggles with substance abuse, outpatient rehab is an effective treatment option. There may be some individuals who need an intensive program that can only be had with a residential facility. However, individuals who are seeking treatment but are also able to function can get help for their needs without interfering with their personal responsibilities such as work, family, school, and other obligations. Each outpatient program offers various services that will be tailored Continue Reading ...