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Detox Gets You Sober, Counseling Keeps You Sober

August 25, 2021

Addicts can get clean in a variety of surroundings, be it at rehab, in jail, basically in any controlled environment where drugs or alcohol are simply not accessible. However, getting sober in a controlled environment because you didn’t have access to substances does not mean that you will stay sober once you leave. Without actually going through treatment and particularly  substance abuse counseling, over 90% of addicts will relapse within a year.

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The beauty of substance abuse counseling is that it helps get to the bottom of the issues that are triggering the alcohol and drug abuse in the first place. A skilled therapist can help you reveal why you turned to substances in the first place and then help work through those issues to ease your reliance on them.

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Substance Abuse: America’s Problem

July 7, 2021

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Substance abuse overdose is epidemic in our society. Statistics show that in 2019 over 7 million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 20 reported that they drank more than a sip of alcohol in the previous month. 20% of seniors in high school report they have taken prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them. And the overall overdose rate in Americans rose by 4% from 2018 to 2019.

Not only do Americans begin to abuse drugs and alcohol an earlier age, but the abuse is following many in our society through the remainder of their adult lives. For example, substance abuse has reached outrageously high levels in the senior citizen community. Studies indicate that 33% of alcoholics developed their problem in their later years of life.

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Substance Abuse Problems and PTSD: How to Stop the Cycle

June 23, 2021

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PTSD & Substance Abuse: A Dangerous Duo

Substance abuse can occur because of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, a condition that occurs after a person experiences some type of traumatic event. Further, individuals are more likely put themselves in situations that may ultimately cause PTSD because of their substance abuse. War, terrorism, abuse, natural disasters, and assault are examples of events that can contribute to the development or worsening of PTSD. Regardless of its cause, trauma is not uncommon among Americans. One survey showed that over 50 percent of women and 60 percent of men reported at least one traumatic incident in their past.

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Building a Relationship With Yourself After Addiction

April 27, 2021

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Recovery from substance abuse and addiction requires a number of different commitments. One of the issues on which you will have to work is your relationships with people. How will treatment help you re-form these relationships with those around you? To get there, you must first repair the relationship with yourself.

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My Adult Daughter Is an Addict What Do I Do?

April 7, 2021

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As they grow up, our daughters are the lights of our lives. However, we can’t control everything. One of the hardest realizations that a parent may have to rationalize is that their little girl, that seemed to have it all together, can grow up to use and abuse drugs or alcohol. Of course, the critical part of this is to make sure we identify and address the substance abuse or addiction issue early. This offers the greatest chance for recovery with the fewest long-term or permanent effects. Regardless, however, it may take time for parents to realize that there is a substance-abuse problem, even if many of the signs are clear to a professional.

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Eating Disorders, Transfer Addiction, and Body Image

June 28, 2017

Whether it’s overcoming an eating disorder, conquering an addiction, or both, the general assumption is that once a person receives treatment, they will be “cured.” However, there is a danger of trading your addiction. Addiction replacement, or transfer addiction, occurs when an individual in recovery substitutes one addiction for another. The transfer occurs as a person substitutes one addiction for another to compensate for some perceived absence, either an emotional or psychological one. Similar to addiction, the abuse of food can create a false sense of happiness or relief. Some studies suggest that the same pleasure centers in the brain…

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Can Apps Help Women Stay Clean & Sober?

June 13, 2017

The world continues to move online, so it should be no surprise that those in recovery are finding outlets online that will help them in their journey. As more and more people turn to their mobile devices to stay connected, apps have become increasingly popular in helping those in recovery. Below are some of the apps that could help you in your journey.* 5 Apps to Assist in Your Recovery Journey Rise Up + Recover Rise Up + Recover is an app that is geared toward helping those recovering from an eating disorder. The app uses cognitive behavioral therapy to…

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How Alcohol Effects Women

September 22, 2016

While men drink more than women and are addicted to alcohol at a higher rate, women tend to develop an addiction more quickly than men, and the physical and mental health problems associated with chronic alcohol abuse occur more quickly and intensely in women. Women and men differ in a number of ways when it comes to developing an addiction, getting treatment, and recovering for the long-term. How Alcohol Affects Women Differently Than Men When it comes to drinking alcohol, men and women have crucial biological and behavioral differences that govern how they drink alcohol and respond to it, how…

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Substance Abuse During Pregnancy

September 20, 2016

Substance abuse during pregnancy puts the fetus at risk for a wide range of problems that can last a lifetime, including birth defects, behavioral problems and a variety of medical conditions. Different substances cause different problems for fetal development, and understanding how a particular substance can affect a child may be the impetus a mother needs to seek help for a substance use disorder. Alcohol and Pregnancy Almost 9 percent of pregnant women between the ages of 15 and 44 drank alcohol in the prior month in 2011, and 2.7 percent binge drank, or consumed more than four drinks on…

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Alcohol and Breast Cancer: Study Reveals New Link

August 22, 2016

Doctors have noted five medical conditions that are of great concern to women: heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression and autoimmune diseases. Scientific research has identified particular risk factors for each disease, which helps inform women about steps they can take to protect themselves. Among the major health concerns they’re facing, breast cancer may be on the minds of women more than any other. This is quite understandable, since it can have far-reaching implications for mental and physical health. It is also second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death for women. Alcohol consumption is estimated to…

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