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Can You Learn to Drink in Moderation?

November 25, 2017

Have you been sober for a period of time, and are wondering if you can ease back into having a drink on special occasions? Or, perhaps, you believe you may have a drinking problem, but do not want to give up alcohol entirely? We all know drinking to excess is unhealthy, especially for those who have an addictive personality – but is the occasional glass of wine acceptable, if only reserved for rare evenings? Before considering whether or not it is a safe option for you to drink in moderation, consider the following, and bring your thoughts to the attention…

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The Importance of Honesty in Recovery

October 25, 2017

Admitting that you are struggling with an addiction or mental health issue is one of the hardest things you will ever do. Once you admit to yourself, it also means that you will need to admit to others that you have these issues and need help to overcome them. Dishonesty is all too common among addicts and those with a mental health condition – most of the time it’s about the denial that you have an issue or need help. For some, it could also extend into lies they have told friends and family, i.e. lying about how much they…

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How Drug Use Affects Oral Health

October 18, 2017

A smile is often your first impression when meeting new people, interviewing for a job, or even going on a date. For those whose smile has been affected by prolonged drug use, meeting new people or being asked to be in photos can be an uncomfortable situation. One of the first things those in recovery seek is a dentist who can help remedy their lack of oral health while in the throes of addiction. We,recently spoke with Dr. Ari Socher of Renumi Mobile, a mobile dentistry dedicated to helping clients in substance abuse rehabilitation treatment centers. Dr. Socher, who has…

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Ways to Celebrate Graduating from Women’s Drug Rehab

October 13, 2017

Graduating from a rehabilitation facility is an exciting event and should be celebrated in grand fashion. We make a big deal of every milestone – from receiving our driver’s license, to moving into our first apartment, to our work anniversaries. Recovering from addiction is no exception – and it takes much more hard work than studying for any exam. It is normal to be hesitant about congratulating yourself as a recovering addict. However, celebrating is more important for someone recovering from addiction than anyone else. It is fulfilling to remind yourself of where you were, and how far you have…

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Alcoholism in Men: What You Need to Know

September 20, 2016

Men are more likely than women to drink excessively, and they're more likely to develop alcoholism as well. Of the 16.3 million American adults who had an alcohol use disorder in 2014, 10.6 million were men, accounting for 9.2 percent of all men in that age group, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.1 Why Men Are More Susceptible to Alcoholism Than Women Men are about twice as likely as women to develop alcoholism, according to a study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The research attributes the reason to a larger dopamine release in men when…

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Changing Your Outlook: How CBT Works

November 21, 2015

Many addiction treatment centers incorporate some form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) into their treatment plans. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a technique based on the theory that changing a person's thought patterns can help them change their behavior. Originally developed to help recovering alcoholics avoid relapse, this therapeutic technique has since been adapted to address a wide range of disorders and behaviors. CBT has proven to be particularly effective as a component of addiction treatment. It helps patients establish positive thought patterns, it teaches them how to resist peer pressure, and it's one of the most cost-effective forms of treatment. The…

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Diagnosed With Substance Use Disorder…Now What?

November 18, 2015

With any diagnosis comes hope for recovery, but for those on the outside looking in, it can be difficult to know how to react. If you have a loved one, a co-worker, or a friend who has been diagnosed with a substance use disorder, you may have questions about the diagnosis or the disorder, and you may be wondering how you can offer support. This guide is for you. What is a Substance Use Disorder? A substance use disorder is diagnosed when the use of alcohol or drugs - or both - causes significant impairment, including health issues, serious relationship…

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The Consequences of Addiction

November 16, 2015

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects the circuitry of the brain and has social, psychological, biological, and spiritual consequences. But many addicted people are seemingly apathetic towards these consequences. This is largely due to the impaired executive functioning of the brain caused by addiction, which skews perceptions, interferes with emotional responses, and causes problems with judgment, all of which reduce the ability to recognize destructive behaviors and identify significant problems with interpersonal relationships. Denial is Central to Addiction According to addiction and codependency expert Darlene Lancer, denial is a core symptom…

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Reasons to Choose a Florida Model Treatment Facility

November 13, 2015

If your loved one has a severe drug or alcohol addiction, chances are you're looking into long-term residential treatment for him. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this type of treatment involves 24-hour care during a 6- to 12-month stay in what's known as a therapeutic community. In addition to treating the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of addiction, these treatment communities view addiction in the context of social and psychological deficits and focus on helping people with addictions develop a sense of personal responsibility and accountability and lead enjoyable and socially productive lives. The Florida Model is…

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Quitting Nicotine: What to Expect and How to Make it Easier

November 11, 2015

The World Health Organization defines withdrawal syndrome as a collection of symptoms of various types and with varying degrees of severity that occur when someone stops using a psychoactive substance that they've taken for a long period of time or in high doses. The WHO indicates that withdrawal syndrome for any given substance is the defining characteristic of a dependence on that substance. The withdrawal syndrome for any given substance runs a typical course over a particular time frame. The severity of the symptoms and their duration depend on the type of substance and the amount that's in the body…

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