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Sober Living Environment: Your Next Steps

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The Reach Of Addiction Addiction is an unsettling, oftentimes even terrifying experience for both the addict and the individuals in his or her life. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there is an average of 23.5 million Americans age 12 or older who are in need of treatment for substance abuse and […]

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Detox From Heroin: The Signs and Symptoms

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The Detox From Heroin If there is one thing that people know about addiction, it is that heroin is incredibly addictive and extremely hard to quit. In fact, many heroin addicts fear the rehabilitation process more than they fear to continue to use the drug because they believe in their heart of hearts that the […]

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Addiction Aftercare: Life After Rehab

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After Treatment Ends Completing an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program is a commendable achievement, but the recovered addict’s journey is only just beginning. An effective treatment program will leave an individual feeling almost transformed as if they’re once again the person that he or she was meant to be. However, it’s much easier to learn […]

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Dealing with Your Adult Child’s Addiction

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As a parent, your first priority is to take the best care of your children as possible, to raise children into healthy adults and contributing, functional members of society. However, that care can take a wide variety of forms such as making sure your children are equipped with the life skills needed to take care […]

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Inpatient or Outpatient: Choosing Your Treatment

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Looking for Help There’s a common theme in the stories of those who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction, which is the notion that addiction is terrifying for both the addict and their family, friends, and loved ones. While no one wants to be addicted to drugs or alcohol, many find themselves powerless against […]

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Are You Enabling Addiction?

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Good Intentions Gone Bad Although the buck ultimately stops with the addict, there are others who can either intentionally or inadvertently contribute to the individual’s substance abuse by enabling addiction. Referred to as enablers, these people are often the parents, siblings, or close friends of the addict and are merely acting out of love or […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Crystal Meth Abuse

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Crystal Meth Abuse If you’re someone who watches the news, even semi-regularly, you’ll likely have seen reports on the widespread crystal meth abuse. Crystal meth is arguably the most addictive and one of the most dangerous illicit drugs there is for a number of reasons. Although many begin crystal meth abuse as a party drug […]

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How to Love Without Enabling An Addict

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“Enabling” is a term that gets thrown around a lot when we discuss people who are suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, many parents and spouses of people who suffer from addictions unwittingly fuel the habit with their enabling behavior. This is because many spouses and parents confuse unconditional love and support with […]

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Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Programs

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Inpatient and Outpatient: Two Sides of Treatment For people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, there are a variety of treatment options available. While no two treatment programs are the same, there are typically two main categories: inpatient and outpatient. Both have their benefits and advantages, but the key is deciding which has the higher […]

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5 Tips for Helping an Addicted Loved One

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Addiction affects more than just the addict. In fact, an individual’s addiction ripples through the lives of almost everyone with whom he or she has contact, oftentimes causing profound devastation. The close friends and family members of an addict will at times feel ashamed, frustrated, helpless, angry, and afraid. It’s no easy feat to remain […]