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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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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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Medical Detox for Women: What to Expect

October 11, 2016

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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Does My Daughter Need an Intervention?

October 4, 2016

Addiction can produce profound changes in appearance and behavior in an individual. Families of women who are addicted may feel that they no longer know or understand the person to whom they were once so close. There may be frustration about getting them to stop their substance abuse and fears about how it will end. These individuals may need an intervention to show these individuals how much addiction has affected their relationships and the people around them. Physical Signs of Addiction Individuals who are addicted may begin to neglect normal grooming routines.1 They may bathe less often, forget to fix…

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Social Media and Mental Health

September 29, 2016

In the past ten years, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn have profoundly changed the way we interact and communicate with others. Facebook alone has over a billion active users, and the number of people using it is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years. The widespread use of social media in today's society has led to a large body of preliminary research into the impact of social networking on our mental health, a controversial subject due to the relatively recent explosion of social media usage and the challenges faced by researchers delving into this new…

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