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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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How Can I Handle Drug and Alcohol Rehab?

February 9, 2015

Drug and alcohol rehab can seem like an intimidating place for many individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Maybe they have heard rumors about what goes on behind those doors- difficult withdrawals, emotionally exhausting therapy sessions where all of your past errors get hauled out for all to see. This impression is, of course, very exaggerated. Unfortunately, it can make the decision to seek help more challenging for some people. They may feel like giving up before they have even begun the journey toward sobriety, recovery, health and a balanced life. Drug and alcohol rehab can be the place…

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Top Tips For Helping Your Spouse to Seek Substance Abuse Treatment

January 30, 2015

Substance abuse treatment can be a life-saver for individuals whose relationship with drugs or alcohol has gotten out of control. It can also be essential for starting the healing process for their families and loved ones. After all, the road to substance abuse and addiction involves not just the addict but everyone they interact with. When Substance Abuse Treatment Becomes Necessary... By the time families and loved ones realize that substance abuse treatment might be a necessary next step, they may feel like they’ve exhausted all of their coping mechanisms: the months or years of confronting or avoiding the problem,…

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Will I get a job after substance abuse rehab?

January 23, 2015

Many women go back to work after substance abuse rehab and have successful careers. You may worry that taking time away from your job to enter rehab might allow your skills to become rusty from disuse. This is far from the truth- in fact, taking the time away to go to a substance abuse treatment centre to tackle your addiction will not only cleanse your body of toxins from alcohol or drugs, but also your overall health and well-being will probably be better and sharper. However, going back to work can lead to some unexpected challenges along the way. Tips…

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Going Home After Drug and Alcohol Rehab

January 21, 2015

Drug and alcohol rehab is a major step in a person’s life. After all, it can be the beginning of a successful lifelong recovery and a time when an individual is finally able to take control of their lives and to live a more healthy and balanced lifestyle. However, going home after your drug and alcohol rehab can be a daunting prospect for many. Tips for Transitioning Home from Drug & Alcohol Rehab Talk to Your Family When addiction is concerned, it isn’t just the addict who is affected. Families can be torn apart by the addict’s old behavior and…

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What to Expect at Substance Abuse Treatment

January 9, 2015

Substance abuse treatment can seem frightening or intimidating if you are not sure what to expect. If you have never been to a treatment center or if your ideas about what treatment may be like come from media portrayals, take the time to learn what your experience will really be like. The reality is that treatment offers a warm and welcoming environment with the most effective methods of care to help you regain control. The Treatment Center Your substance abuse treatment center will be a clean, safe, warm and inviting place where you can feel comfortable and at ease in…

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Drug and Alcohol Rehab 101

January 5, 2015

Drug and alcohol rehab can seem quite mysterious for people who have never been or do not have any loved ones who have attended treatment. Society is also filled with many myths and misleading media portrayals to add further confusion. Learn the basics of how drug and alcohol rehab works as well as how you may benefit from a program. The Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment Process Drug and alcohol rehab uses effective, tried-and-true methods of care. Psychotherapy is the main treatment method because it helps you to uncover the underlying causes for your addiction on a personal level. You…

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5 Things Celebs Have Taught Us About Substance Abuse Treatment

September 24, 2014

Substance abuse treatment is often a hot topic in celebrity news. This actually comes along with some great benefits for the recovery community, as we have been able to learn so much from their experiences. Here are five things famous figures have taught us about substance abuse treatment. 1. Substance Abuse Treatment Takes Time. Substance abuse treatment requires time, hard work and commitment for success. Clients who leave their treatment programs early or only commit to very short periods of time for treatment are usually featured in the headlines soon after for relapse. There is no quick fix or magic…

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