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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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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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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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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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What Is Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)?

October 25, 2016

If you've been looking into different drug or alcohol rehab options, you may have learned about intensive outpatient treatment programs, or IOP. This unique form of addiction treatment allows clients to participate in therapy and work on their recovery skills while continuing to live at home and attend school or work. An IOP has been found to be just as effective as inpatient treatment programs.1 Intensive outpatient treatment isn't right for everyone. This article takes a closer look at the benefits and limitations of IOPs. Understanding IOP An IOP typically offers a flexible schedule for clients that includes both daytime…

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How Do the Stages of Change Help Motivate Recovery?

August 18, 2016

One of the most essential—and challenging—aspects of addiction recovery is the need to change a person’s behavior to improve their health status. Behavior change interventions, which involve a combination of program elements or strategies, are especially useful in addressing lifestyle modification for those suffering from addictions. A change in patient lifestyle is necessary for successful management of long-term recovery, and relapse can often be attributed to lapses in healthy behavior. Patients easily understand the need for lifestyle modifications, but consistent, life-long behavior changes are difficult. That’s why behavior change interventions are important. Behavior Change Interventions It may seem self-evident that…

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Compulsivity vs. Impulsivity: What’s the Difference?

September 8, 2015

At a distance, compulsive and impulsive behaviors may seem strikingly similar. Both are distinctive behavior patterns triggered by certain brain mechanisms that sometimes result in unfavorable conditions. Both are unique symptom patterns that are innate in severe mental illnesses like impulse control disorder. Other than that, the conditions are very different in how they relate to substance abuse treatment. Compulsive Behaviors The root word compulsion is defined by Oxford Dictionary as "an irresistible urge to behave in a certain way, especially against one's conscious wishes". Compulsive behaviors are those that are done repeatedly to serve a particular purpose, although that…

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How Addiction Affects Health and Family Relationships

September 3, 2015

Chronic drug use comes with many risks, many of which can have lasting repercussions on a person's life. Addicted women face several losses in addition to legal and financial burdens. Addiction jeopardizes the health and well-being of women and of their children and families.    Health Doing drugs like cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription stimulants may cause neurological damage to the brain. Extreme situations of chronic drug use can result in seizures or stroke. Furthermore, chronic drug users show problems with memory, attention, decision-making, according to information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Other health consequences of drug use…

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Societal Factors in Addiction – Where Does Addiction Come From?

July 31, 2015

Understanding where addiction comes from helps provide perspective if you're concerned about a loved one who suffers from addiction. It expands your paradigm and casts new light on why your loved one might be battling addiction. Perhaps most importantly, understanding causes of addiction can help create empathy for your addicted loved one, which goes far in facilitating recovery. Unfortunately, most people don't understand how or why someone might become an addict. It's clearly not something most people would choose for themselves. In previous centuries, some people assumed that addicts simply had poor willpower and loose morals. Fortunately, we now know…

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How Does Gender Play a Role in Addiction?

July 20, 2015

Our gender influences several aspects of our lives, behavior and development. This basic fact has led many people to explore the question: does gender impact addiction? If so, what difference does it make and how does this difference impact treatment? A number of studies published by the National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA) have explored the impact that gender has in drug addiction. Several studies have intently focused on the differences in how men and women are first exposed to drugs, the risk of abuse and addiction and the pursuit of effective treatment. The NIDA supported and published research has…

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