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My Adult Daughter Is an Addict What Do I Do?

April 7, 2021

Yellow Pill Bottle with Pink Pills Spilling Out

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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What is Buprenorphine?

March 30, 2016

Buprenorphine is a medication that's widely used to treat opioid addiction. It's a semi-synthetic opioid that's derived from thebaine, which is an alkaloid of a type of poppy plant. How Buprenorphine is Used to Treat Addiction Withdrawal symptoms associated with an addiction to heroin, OxyContin, Vicodin or another opiate can be excruciating. Symptoms typically include flu-like symptoms such as: Hot and cold sweats Abdominal cramps Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Perhaps the most intense of the symptoms are the cravings associated with opiate detox. Buprenorphine is used during detox to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, and it's also used as an…

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Benefits of Drug Rehab for Women

January 30, 2016

Drug rehab for women is the best treatment option available for women suffering from drug addiction. Women have different causal factors and symptoms from addiction than men; therefore, it only makes sense that the most ideal programs would be specifically designed to address the needs of women. Let's explore some of the benefits of drug rehab for women. Drug Rehab for Women: Benefits Women are shown in studies to do better in a drug rehab for women as opposed to a co-ed program. One reason is because women are more likely to open up and share their feelings in group…

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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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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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Psychology and Addiction Recovery

August 24, 2015

When a loved one abuses drugs or alcohol, it raises concerns about her health and future. Since drug abuse stems from multiple causes like traumatic experiences, mental health disorders or even physical accidents, a treatment program must evaluate the needs of each individual before creating a plan of action. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (1) states that an effective treatment program assists with the emotional and psychological needs of a loved one. Psychology plays a key role in addiction recovery because it helps a loved one learn valuable skills to avoid addiction and substance abuse in the future. Psychological Aspects of…

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What are the Warning Signs of Drug Abuse?

August 20, 2015

Do you think someone in your life has a drug or alcohol problem, but don't know for sure? It is not an accusation you want to make lightly, but you can’t afford to ignore that a problem exists, either. Each year, drug addiction takes thousands of lives. From overdoses to drugged driving accidents, addiction kills. Intervention can literally save a life. Different drugs affect people in different ways, but there are some standard warning signs to look for when trying to determine if someone you love is using. The Physical Signs Addiction is defined as the inability to stop using…

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Women’s Drug Rehab Offers 5 Goals for the New Year

December 31, 2014

Women’s drug rehab seeks to give you inspiration for life. Consider striving towards these five goals of recovery and healthy living in the upcoming New Year. #1: Aim to Manage Stress Better than Ever Before. You learned so much about the dangers of stress at women’s drug rehab. Stress is a major trigger for substance use and it is also able to wreak havoc on so many areas of our lives ranging from physical health to the quality of our relationships with loved ones. Make it a point to manage stress better than ever before for the New Year. Make…

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Carlee’s Sober Story

October 1, 2014

I came to treatment as a scared little girl and left as a hopeful, recovering woman. I could not have gotten this far if it wasn't for Destination Hope. The staff is amazing and they truly want the best for every single client that walks through the door. The eating disorder group and family night group were both very helpful to me. I was able to listen and learn from other people’s experiences as well as share my own. My therapist, Annie W, believed in me and loved me until I could learn to love myself. I am forever grateful…

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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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