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Why Does Drug and Alcohol Abuse Spike During the Holidays?

December 13, 2016

December is considered one the deadliest months of the year as drunk driving accidents increase. It is also a time when stress and anxiety can increase the rate of depression as well as drug abuse. It is often during this time of year that addicts may ignore their drug or alcohol abuse in order to not miss out on any family gatherings, company parties, and other festivities. There are many reasons why substance abuse can increase during the holiday season. Stress. Worrying about gifts, accepting all the invitations that have been extended, money, family get-togethers and so much more add…

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Party Planning Tips for an Alcohol-free Environment

You may not realize how often parties revolve around alcohol until you become sober. Whether it’s hosting a birthday party, 4th of July bash or one of many holiday parties that fall between November and December, it can seem difficult to host an alcohol-free party. But being sober doesn’t have to be boring. Below are some tips on throwing a successful, sober party in style. Decadent Food Plan ahead and create a menu that will leave your guests speechless. No matter if it’s something you have catered or cook all by yourself, have such great food that your guests don’t…

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Getting Help to Pay for Addiction Treatment

October 27, 2016

If you're struggling with a drug or alcohol problem, you're not alone. Over 23 million American adults have a substance use disorder that requires treatment. Unfortunately, only about 11 percent of these individuals end up getting treatment they need.1 One factor that might prevent people from seeking treatment is the cost of rehab, but there are a number of ways to get assistance to pay for addiction treatment. This article explores a few effective financing options for alcohol or drug rehab. Insurance Insurance is probably the most common way to defray the cost of rehab. Every insurance plan is different,…

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What Is Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)?

October 25, 2016

If you've been looking into different drug or alcohol rehab options, you may have learned about intensive outpatient treatment programs, or IOP. This unique form of addiction treatment allows clients to participate in therapy and work on their recovery skills while continuing to live at home and attend school or work. An IOP has been found to be just as effective as inpatient treatment programs.1 Intensive outpatient treatment isn't right for everyone. This article takes a closer look at the benefits and limitations of IOPs. Understanding IOP An IOP typically offers a flexible schedule for clients that includes both daytime…

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Gender-Specific Rehab: What to Expect

October 20, 2016

Addiction can cause a variety of negative effects in an individual's life that can impact work, family life and social interactions. Professional treatment is necessary to begin the exploration of issues that underlie the need to abuse substances. Gender-specific rehab offers special care for the issues men face in their personal and professional lives. Why Gender-Specific Treatment Programs Were Developed Specialists in addiction treatment began to notice a number of problems with treating both men and women in the same group. Often, men and women had different issues to deal with in counseling sessions. Women often dealt with domestic abuse,…

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Group Therapy for Addiction Treatment

October 18, 2016

Alcohol therapy is an important component of any high-quality addiction treatment program, and it's proven to be a highly effective technique. Whether you opt for inpatient or outpatient treatment, your program is likely to contain some form of group therapy. Even after treatment ends, support groups play a key role in many people's aftercare plans. In this article, we'll provide some basic information about group therapy and explore its benefits in addiction treatment. What Is Group Therapy? A typical therapy group is led by a professional counselor; most groups are made up of about five to 15 participants, though group…

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Family Support During Recovery

Addiction does not just affect the person who is in recovery. This affliction can be thought of as a family disease, because it has a direct impact on everyone in the patient's inner circle. This is just one of the many reasons why family support during recovery is so important for everyone involved. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, recovery is a process during which people become healthier, live more focused lives and attempt to reach their full potential.1 This is not accomplished without four major aspects that lend support during recovery: Overcoming addiction by making…

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What to Expect During Residential Treatment

October 13, 2016

Addiction is a complex brain disease that requires intensive professional treatment to undo the physical, psychological and social effects that result. Women suffering from substance abuse disorders can choose from a range of treatment options, but for some individuals, residential treatment over an extended period of time is needed to provide long-term recovery. Residential treatment is composed of a number of therapy options in a setting with 24-hour supervision to ensure the most effective results. The Basics of Residential Treatment Residential programs for addiction involve complete immersion in treatment on a 24/7 basis and over a longer period of time…

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Trauma and Addiction: Is There a Link?

October 11, 2016

Many people who struggle with addiction have also suffered trauma at some point. The connection between trauma and addiction is strong, and it runs both ways: the experience of trauma increases the likelihood of developing an addiction, and substance abuse can make a person more likely to suffer some form of trauma. This article examines the relationship between trauma and addiction and explores the merits of a trauma-informed approach to addiction treatment. Understanding Trauma The definition of trauma can be subjective, because an event that traumatizes one person may have little effect on another. According to the Substance Abuse and…

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Medical Detox for Women: What to Expect

Addiction causes profound physical, psychological and behavioral changes that can destroy an individual's life. Professional treatment is almost always needed to return people back to a healthy life. The first step in a treatment program is detoxification, but the symptoms of withdrawal can be very unpleasant. Some people experience such intense discomfort that they are unable to achieve total detoxification, going back to substance abuse just to end the withdrawal symptoms. Medical detox is a method developed to assist individuals with the symptoms of withdrawal so they are ready to begin their treatment program. Here we will explore the benefits…

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