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Advice on Staying Sober this Holiday Season

December 9, 2011

Alcoholism treatment can help break the stifling cycle of addiction, but the holiday season can do quite the number on the recovering alcoholic. Individuals recovering from alcohol addiction know all too well how booze has become a permanent fixture on the holiday party circuit. So what is the recovering alcoholic to do? The stresses of the holidays can be overwhelming enough on their own between the family gatherings, work functions, travel, gift exchanging etc, and the ever present alcohol sure seems to add insult to injury to the person working day in and day out to maintain their sobriety. We…

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Ambien Overdose & Ambien Addiction

December 6, 2011

Ambien overdose is not an exaggeration and neither is Ambien addiction. Everybody wants a good night’s sleep, but at what cost? For many people in this country and around the world, their struggles with insomnia have led them to the doorstep of a powerful sleep agent called Ambien. For whatever reason, our society has deemed Ambien to be a “safe” prescription drug that has minimal likelihood of being abused. How the general population came to this incredibly mistaken consensus is unknown, but Ambien is a highly addictive substance which in actuality is very prone to abuse and misuse. Ambien is…

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Eating Disorder Treatment and the Holidays

November 30, 2011

No doubt that eating disorder treatment in some form of jest crosses every American’s mind around the holiday season when the never-ending gorge that is Thanksgiving rolls around. If your family is like so many others and has a large Thanksgiving, then you’ve almost certainly spent the last several days overindulging and eating until your stomach feels like it’s going to burst. That said, contrary to a popular and misinformed belief, eating too much at Thanksgiving or any of the surrounding holidays does not mean you qualify for having an eating disorder. Treatment is not necessary as you are not…

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Tips to Avoid Relapsing this Holiday Season

November 21, 2011

Men and women’s drug rehab centers alike know how hard the holiday season is on the recovering addict. Normal stresses can trigger a relapse in a former addict any time of the year but the holidays have always seemed to pack a special punch. Statistics show that the holiday season (the time between Thanksgiving and New Years Day) is when a recovering addict is more likely to relapse than any other time of the year. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we are all gearing up for the holidays in our own way, acclaimed women’s drug rehab Destination…

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Avoiding Relapse While Living with an Addict

November 18, 2011

Relapse prevention is on the forefront of every recovering addict’s mind. Relapse, for better or worse, is a part of the recovery process. Very few individuals get it right on their very first try. Life is too complicated. There are so many influences out there leading the recovering addict to abuse drugs or alcohol again, from their brain chemistry to a self-defeating lifestyle to a co-occurring disorder to simply being the child of an addict. These external factors all have an impact on one’s ability to stay sober. Dedicated relapse prevention takes careful preparation and planning not to mention stalwart…

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Substance Abuse and Recovery During the Holidays

November 14, 2011

Recovering from substance abuse is difficult regardless the time of year. However, the holidays present a special challenge for even the long-term recovering addict. Blatant drug and alcohol abuse is everywhere. The stress of preparing for parties, family gatherings, gift purchasing and things of that nature can overwhelm even the most well-balanced of us all. It can feel like you’re under a microscope and the entire world is watching and judging your every move and your substance abuse or lack there of is on everybody’s mind. It’s important that the recovering addict and their family recognize and understand the risks…

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Drug Rehab for Women Sees Narrowing Gender Gap

November 10, 2011

Facilities providing drug rehab for women historically have accepted the belief that on average, men drink more than women, men do more drugs than women and men fall into alcoholism and drug addiction more quickly than women. At least they used to. While a greater percentage of men than women still abuse alcohol and illicit substances, that gap is starting to shrink and shrink quickly, especially in the younger demographics. With regard to the traditional thought process of men developing alcoholism earlier than women, Harvard psychiatry professor Shelly F. Greenfield says the contrary is true: “the disease of alcohol dependence…

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How Addictive Behavior Leads to Pathological Lying

November 7, 2011

When you have an addictive behavior that is illegal or generally frowned upon by society like alcoholism, lying and deceit can become second nature. Addicted individuals don’t just lie to their loved ones; they also perpetually lie to themselves. Lying is actually such a common component of addictive behavior that many experts accept it as part of the addiction process as a whole. As a friend or a loved one of an addict, there are a number of considerations to be mindful of with regard to the pathological lying. Why Your Loved One Lies About Their Addictive Behavior While there…

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How to Pick the Right Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

October 26, 2011

Every drug and alcohol treatment center is not created equally, regardless of what you may have heard. Addiction is an incredibly personal and individual disease and your treatment plan should always reflect that for maximum effectiveness. For example, the most expensive treatment facility is not necessarily the best equipped to help you in your recovery, nor is the least costly the worst. Below you’ll find our four recommended factors to consider when making the important decision of which drug and alcohol treatment center is right for you. Criteria for a Quality Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Gender Specific- Enough cannot…

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Anorexia and Addiction “Joined at the Hip”

October 25, 2011

Anorexia and addiction are a common occurring dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis occurs when someone has both a mental health disorder as well as an alcohol or drug problem. These illnesses are referred to as co-occurring and have a track record of influencing the symptoms of one another greatly. Research suggests that up to 35 percent of individuals suffering from a substance abuse disorder also have a co-occurring eating disorder. Conversely, as many as 50 percent of individuals who suffer from an eating disorder also have problems with drugs or alcohol abuse. It is because of the strong link between anorexia…

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