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What is the Best Remedy to Fight off Depression after Consuming MDMA and Methamphetamine?

October 6, 2017

Q: What is the best remedy to fight off depression after consuming MDMA and Methamphetamine? A: MDMA primarily affects the brain’s chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, which enable the nerve cells to communicate with one another. The drug causes a greater release of serotonin and dopamine, which gives users their enhanced mood. However, once the MDMA wears off, there is a depletion of serotonin. That depletion can cause anxiety, irritability, sadness, sleep disturbances, and more. Similarly, methamphetamines also increase the levels of dopamine. Continued methamphetamine abuse can cause users to have difficulty feeling pleasure other than what is provided by the…

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How to Tell if Someone is on Cocaine

October 3, 2017

Cocaine is an extremely alluring and addictive substance. It can completely take over the body and mind, and change the way the abuser acts in their day to day life. If you believe someone close to you may be abusing cocaine, there are signs to watch out for that could possibly be a side effect of the drug. Cocaine is an extremely powerful stimulant. It boosts feelings of happiness, energy, excitement, and confidence. If used often, it can make the user feel invincible – like anything is possible. However, soon after the drug wears off, the user will experience an…

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What’s the Difference between Inpatient and Outpatient Care?

October 2, 2017

Drug and alcohol treatment options vary from place to place. However, in most cases, they fall into two major categories – inpatient or outpatient care. Both are meant to help you get better, and both are focused on your well-being and rehabilitation. It is important to understand the difference between inpatient and outpatient care. Both the recovering addict as well as their loved ones need to comprehend the differences before choosing a treatment program. What Is Inpatient Care? Also known as residential care or treatments, inpatient care requires the patient to check-in into a controlled environment, where they will receive…

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Local Aftercare Recovery Support Groups

September 28, 2017

Aftercare recovery support groups provide support and tools following treatment. Aftercare meetings teach new strategies, coping skills, and help you build a support system. These new tools will help you continue your wellness journey. Aftercare meetings usually start as soon as you complete your rehab program. These programs can assist your transition into everyday life. Plus, they provide you with tools to avoid risky environments and temptation. Find a local aftercare recovery support group near you. A.A. Meetings Alcoholic Anonymous is an international support group to help anyone undergoing or recovering from a drinking problem. Aftercare recovery meetings focus on…

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You Have the Right to be Happy, Especially Today!

August 8, 2017

National Happiness Happens Day is August 8th, and with this in mind, it is only right to list out a few small things you can do to lift your mood. For many addicts, the focus on tackling addiction pushes any consideration for their own happiness out of the picture. However, it is just as important to keep a positive outlook on life as it is to focus on your sobriety. No matter what your past may look like, you deserve to be happy and enjoy life. Not only will focusing on your own happiness lift your spirits, but it will…

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Returning to School after Rehab

August 7, 2017

If a loved one has recently completed a rehabilitation program, returning to school to finish their education and receiving a degree is a natural and noteworthy goal. Addiction treatment should not deter anyone from completing their education and moving forward with life goals. However, there are potential problems that may arise along with returning after a gap in the school term, and they should be considered prior to returning. Transitions such as this in adolescent’s lives can often lead to stress, anxiety, and other problems. On top of this, social challenges will need to be thought through, especially if returning…

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5 Tips on How to Navigate Through Work Functions with Alcohol

August 2, 2017

It never feels like every event revolves around alcohol until you have decided to live your life without it. For those who have recently left rehab and are just beginning to navigate through life sober, events that were once exciting because they involved drinking can now appear nerve-racking and intimidating for the same reason. Although it may seem like the easiest option is to stay home where you will be as far away from the temptation as possible, this is not always a healthy or longstanding solution. While it very well could be a smart decision to deny the Facebook…

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Is Your Casual Drinking Becoming a Problem?

It is difficult to determine if your drinking has become a problem when you don’t fit the stereotype of the common alcoholic. Maybe you aren’t homeless, maybe you have a job, and maybe you even have a family you are taking care of. There is no way you could be an alcoholic, right? Before dismissing this idea, it is important to remember that alcoholism can take on many different shapes and forms. Although you may compare yourself to the stereotype and convince yourself that you are nowhere near a full-blown alcoholic, there is a point when drinks out with friends…

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How Can You Tell if Your Casual Drinking is Becoming a Problem?

It is Friday evening and you are on your way to meet friends for a few after-work drinks. The original plan was to stop by a bar and have one or two casual beers as you promised your mother you would have brunch with her the following day. However, when you arrive, everyone’s spirits are up and you decide to have a few more…. And then a few more… The following morning, you wake up to several missed calls and voice messages from your mother. You aren’t sure exactly what happened the night before, but as you gather your senses,…

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Going Back to School After Rehab

August 1, 2017

If you or a loved one were taken out of school to complete a program at a rehabilitation center, and have recently completed your program or are scheduled to complete it soon, congratulations! It is a huge accomplishment to have made it to this point. Beginning a life in sobriety is difficult, but it can be even more challenging when you throw going back to school into the mix. Luckily, we have compiled a list of tips on what to do prior to your return which you can complete for yourself or a loved one to set the returning student…

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