Types of Drug Addiction Counseling

The 5 Popular Types of Addiction Counseling

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The addiction recovery process: It’s intimidating. However, when you break the process down into its individual components, it begins to not only look more manageable and accessible, but also logical. Each of the individual therapies that are commonly incorporated into addiction treatment are intended to address specific effects of addiction or a particular aspect of […]

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The PACE Model of Care – Putting the “You” in Your Addiction

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Over the years, we have continued to research addiction in order to learn more about how it develops, the specific factors that make some individuals more susceptible to addiction than others, whether the various types of addiction work similarly or differently, and so on. The ultimate goal was to understand the disease better so that […]

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Step Ten: The Importance of Taking a Daily Inventory

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There are many independent factors, seemingly unrelated, which contribute toward the development of an addiction. While it’s generally accepted that genetic factors play a part in some individuals’ addictions, one of the unique characteristics of chemical dependency is that it can also be affected by routine and your environment. That’s why taking a daily inventory […]

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Freedom in Making Amends: Steps Eight & Nine

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The development of an addiction depends on the confluence of several disparate yet interconnected factors. For some, prior exposure to substance abuse—especially during one’s childhood—can mean being particularly susceptible to the development of chemical dependency. Others delve into the lifestyle of substance abuse due to the environment, which can mean being in a peer group […]

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Let Your Defects of Character Go: Steps Six & Seven

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One doesn’t become an addict overnight. Although there can be biological or genetic components to the development of an addiction, there is also a cumulative nature to the disease, which means that it requires a confluence of factors in order to develop. For some, this can mean having grown up exposed to substance abuse or […]

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Take Your Moral Inventory & Let It Go: Steps Four & Five

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With addiction being an illness that causes such diverse and profound effects, the process of recovery must also be diverse in order to be effective. In other words, overcoming alcoholism and drug addiction means that an individual must address the physical dependency, mental and emotional damage, and spiritual changes that have resulted from living in […]

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Steps Two & Three: Finding Your Higher Power

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Addiction isn’t a disease that develops overnight. The development of addiction to alcohol or drugs occurs as a result of cumulative factors, which often entails being predisposed to dependency due to biology, environment, or circumstance. In short, this is a progressive, chronic disease that develops due to factors both within and without one’s control. However, […]

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Taking Step One: Admitting Your Powerlessness in Recovery

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People become addicted to alcohol and drugs for any number of reasons. For some, it begins as curiosity about recreational substance abuse and being enticed by intoxication. Others start out by taking it upon themselves to increase the dosage of medications prescribed for legitimate conditions, which results in the medicine being much less effective and […]

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What to Expect at Your First 12 Step Meeting

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It can be difficult to distinguish a substance abuser from a non-abuser. In fact, many individuals become substance abusers without realizing it themselves. However, as substance abuse and recreational intoxication become dependency and addiction individuals begin to experience a variety of physical health, psychological, and behavioral changes. Depending on one’s substance of choice, continuous substance abuse can […]

A Reason for Thankfulness

How a Gratitude List Can Help Your Recovery | A Reason for Thankfulness

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Over the course of active addiction, individuals experience a variety of negative and profoundly harmful effects that occur as a direct result of their chemical dependencies. The effects of addiction manifest rather quickly with some of the earliest being physical in nature; individuals often experience changes in weight and personal hygiene while generally looking unkempt […]