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Why Heroin Addiction is So Deadly

December 28, 2015

Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive drug that's processed from morphine, which naturally occurs in certain varieties of the poppy plant. Heroin works in the brain to stimulate the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. The effects of heroin include a surge of pleasure, followed by several hours of drowsiness, slowed mental function and a reduced heart and breathing rate. Heroin abuse has long been on the rise in the U.S. The number of people who used heroin for the first time in 2012 was 156,000—almost twice the number of those who used it for the first…

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Biofeedback: the Latest Innovation at Destination Hope

December 8, 2015

Originally published on our sister site. At Destination Hope, we are constantly growing and molding our programs to respond to the needs of our clients, which is why we are proud to announce the opening of our brand new Wellness Center. Our hope is to heal clients through holistic treatments that recreate the way they think and live—by erasing negative thought processes, developing more positive pathways for the mind and improving the way clients react to the world around them. What Does the Wellness Center Offer? Our Wellness Center offers clients chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, exercise and biofeedback therapies in order…

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Changing Your Outlook: How CBT Works

November 21, 2015

Many addiction treatment centers incorporate some form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) into their treatment plans. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a technique based on the theory that changing a person's thought patterns can help them change their behavior. Originally developed to help recovering alcoholics avoid relapse, this therapeutic technique has since been adapted to address a wide range of disorders and behaviors. CBT has proven to be particularly effective as a component of addiction treatment. It helps patients establish positive thought patterns, it teaches them how to resist peer pressure, and it's one of the most cost-effective forms of treatment. The…

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Sustainable Sobriety Through the Holidays and Beyond

November 20, 2015

The holidays can be a stressful time. Money runs low, emotions run high, family gets under your skin and all the traveling during the busiest and most blustery time of year takes a huge bite out of your patience and sense of well-being. Thankfully, most of the time, we emerge on the other side of the holidays relatively unscathed. But for those in recovery, these stressors can mean the difference between maintaining sobriety and relapse, and that can mean the difference between life and death. Stress is a known risk factor in addiction relapse, according to a study published in…

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Diagnosed With Substance Use Disorder…Now What?

November 18, 2015

With any diagnosis comes hope for recovery, but for those on the outside looking in, it can be difficult to know how to react. If you have a loved one, a co-worker, or a friend who has been diagnosed with a substance use disorder, you may have questions about the diagnosis or the disorder, and you may be wondering how you can offer support. This guide is for you. What is a Substance Use Disorder? A substance use disorder is diagnosed when the use of alcohol or drugs - or both - causes significant impairment, including health issues, serious relationship…

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How to Keep Stress In Check This Holiday Season

November 17, 2015

The holidays are a stressful time of year for many, including people who don't normally succumb to stress very easily. Many of the issues that make holidays stressful for those recovering from an addiction are often the same ones that are at the root of the addiction, including family and financial stress. Add to that a hectic travel schedule and the prospect of having to navigate social situations where everyone seems to be drinking, and it's easy to see why the holidays are particularly difficult for women in recovery. Women and Stress The Department of Health and Human Services Office…

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The Consequences of Addiction

November 16, 2015

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects the circuitry of the brain and has social, psychological, biological, and spiritual consequences. But many addicted people are seemingly apathetic towards these consequences. This is largely due to the impaired executive functioning of the brain caused by addiction, which skews perceptions, interferes with emotional responses, and causes problems with judgment, all of which reduce the ability to recognize destructive behaviors and identify significant problems with interpersonal relationships. Denial is Central to Addiction According to addiction and codependency expert Darlene Lancer, denial is a core symptom…

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Cross-Tolerance and Heroin Addiction – Understanding Both

November 13, 2015

Drug addiction is a complex disease with many physical and psychological consequences. If someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, one consequence they've experienced is an increased tolerance to their substance of abuse; in other words, they need more and more of the substance to achieve the same effects. They may even need a certain amount of the substance just to feel normal. In some cases, abusing a drug leads individuals to develop a tolerance for another drug, a phenomenon known as cross-tolerance. People who abuse heroin are likely to experience a high tolerance to the drug…

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Reasons to Choose a Florida Model Treatment Facility

If your loved one has a severe drug or alcohol addiction, chances are you're looking into long-term residential treatment for him. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this type of treatment involves 24-hour care during a 6- to 12-month stay in what's known as a therapeutic community. In addition to treating the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of addiction, these treatment communities view addiction in the context of social and psychological deficits and focus on helping people with addictions develop a sense of personal responsibility and accountability and lead enjoyable and socially productive lives. The Florida Model is…

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Quitting Nicotine: What to Expect and How to Make it Easier

November 11, 2015

The World Health Organization defines withdrawal syndrome as a collection of symptoms of various types and with varying degrees of severity that occur when someone stops using a psychoactive substance that they've taken for a long period of time or in high doses. The WHO indicates that withdrawal syndrome for any given substance is the defining characteristic of a dependence on that substance. The withdrawal syndrome for any given substance runs a typical course over a particular time frame. The severity of the symptoms and their duration depend on the type of substance and the amount that's in the body…

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