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Q&A with Anna Racicot, DH’s Wellness Coordinator

May 19, 2021

Q: You’re the Wellness Coordinator here at DH. What does that mean?

A: I act as the organizer for groups like our yoga therapy group, which is one of our most popular. We also have mindfulness and meditation which is a huge part of the recovery process in dealing with depression and anxiety – it’s really beneficial. We also introduced a music group which includes the use of music as a therapeutic tool and is highly effective – it’s really fun, too! The clients absolutely adore it.

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The Double Demons of Depression and Addiction

February 24, 2021

It is estimated that upwards of six in every 10 individuals with a drug abuse problem also have an associated mental health condition. This is known as dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. There’s always a reason people start using drugs, and oftentimes it’s a pre-existing mental condition. It may be something as simple as curiosity that gets the ball rolling, but for some, there is a deeper reason to use drugs. Interestingly, it is a two-way street, as addiction may heighten the risk of developing a mental illness as well.

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Should You Return to Drug Rehab?

July 26, 2017

Knowing if it was a Slip or Relapse Making the decision to use alcohol or drugs again is always a dangerous choice for a person in recovery. The severity of the damage which this will lead to for the recovering addict and the people around them is usually determined by the time it takes that person to set the substance back down and quit again. In some cases, this can happen rather quickly. There are those recovering addicts who slip up and only take a small amount of the substance they were once addicted to, then almost immediately regret doing…

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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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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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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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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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How Addiction Affects Children

November 9, 2015

The amount of research available on addiction is staggering, so much so that we now know how addiction affects children. If you're a parent who is struggling with addiction, one of the most difficult aspects of recovery may be facing the effects of your substance abuse on your children. Addiction impacts the whole family, and children are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of drug or alcohol abuse. Children who live with an addicted parent are significantly more likely to battle substance abuse later in life. With treatment, it's possible to break this cycle of addiction and create a more…

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Aftercare: The Key to Successful Recovery

November 6, 2015

Seeking professional treatment for substance addiction dramatically increases your chances of long-term recovery, largely due to the various therapies that are employed to help you work through the issues that led to substance abuse in the first place. But what happens after treatment? Are you tossed out into the street, expected to pick up your life where you left off, except sober? Not at all. An integral part of addiction treatment is aftercare , which is an individualized program that includes various components to help you navigate your newfound life of sobriety once you've completed treatment. Components of Aftercare According…

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Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction

October 28, 2015

Twice as many women as men are prescribed benzodiazepines, according to a drug market research firm cited by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Benzodiazepines, which include drugs like Xanax, Librium, and Valium, are prescription drugs that are used to treat anxiety disorders, insomnia, convulsions, and muscle pain. Benzodiazepines are listed as Schedule IV drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, which means that while they have medical value, they are known to be habit-forming, partly due to their sedating effects, which produce a keen sense of well-being. If you suspect your loved one has a benzodiazepine addiction, understanding the nature of addiction…

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