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How Getting Over Denial Is the First Step to Recovery

Addicts often become dishonest, sneaky and evasive in order to continue their addiction The first stage of addiction recovery is often the most difficult one—getting over denial. While addicts may be able to experience and see the damage that addiction is causing in every area of life, they find it incredibly difficult to admit that they need help. Without this important acknowledgement, there cannot be successful...

9 Ways to Compare Drug Treatment Programs

Use of medication is one factor when comparing drug treatment programs Deciding to seek help for addiction is a game-changing decision that can alter the entire course of your life. The next big decision to make is choosing a rehab facility. With over 13,000 specialized rehab facilities in America that provide services for individuals with substance use disorders, choosing the right one can feel like looking for the...

Do I Have Drug Treatment Options Even If I Have a Low Income?

Low income people have treatment options Drug addiction is a daily struggle that takes great efforts to overcome. Unfortunately, a lack of finances often prevents addicts from seeking the treatment they desperately need. If you feel that you cannot seek addiction treatment due to a low income, there are many options for you to consider. By choosing the right type of treatment program and utilizing all of the...

Does Yoga Really Boost Recovery from Addiction?

Practicing Yoga in Recovery As the addiction epidemic grows, new and old concepts are being added to traditional treatment programs. Rehab, therapy and counseling are integral parts of addiction recovery, but additional therapeutic activities, such as yoga, can support these offerings and further recovery efforts. Yoga and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Addiction is commonly accompanied by co-occurring mental health...

Common Excuses for Leaving Rehab and Why You Should Ignore Them

Cost of Treatment is a Common Excuse for Leaving Treatment There are many excuses for ending addiction rehab early, but there is no good reason to leave treatment before medical and psychological professionals recommend. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shares that effective addiction treatment involves completing a rehab program and that “Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is...

Addiction Treatment for a New Year and a New Life

Getting Addiction Treatment Every year millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, and while some of these are fulfilled, thousands of resolutions are never reached. If your New Year’s resolution is to get clean from drugs and alcohol, you have the ability to finally kick the habit, even if you have never been successful in staying clean or keeping your resolution before. Recovering from addiction is not...

How Does Narcissism Affect Treatment and Recovery?

Narcissism, Treatment and Recovery Narcissistic personality disorder is a common problem among people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Narcissism is characterized by an extreme love of oneself and condescending behavior towards others. It has numerous negative effects on a person’s social life, so people typically view these people as socially unacceptable. People struggling with narcissism will also...

What Is Complicated Grief?

Losing a loved one can produce strong feelings of sadness and sorrow, both of which are normal, but these feelings will usually pass after a reasonable period of time. Grief decreases when people accept their loss and resume normal life, but some people struggle with grief even after a considerable amount of time goes by. When people have prolonged grief, they may have a condition called complicated grief that can...

How Do I Know If I’m Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?

When severe panic attacks, anxiety, or depression affect your everyday life, prescription medication may be the best solution. Many people successfully try counseling and psychotherapy before exploring with their doctors whether anti-depressants or anxiety medications could help resolve some of their issues. This is because with the use of prescription medication comes valid fears and questions. What if I become...

Dissociative Disorders and Addiction

Mental health concerns and substance abuse are closely related. One can cause the other, or one may hide symptoms of the other. Getting an accurate Dual Diagnosis of all issues related to mental health and addiction is essential for treatment. Although co-occurring dissociative disorder and addiction issues make recovery more complex, treatment is available. What Are Dissociative Disorders? Dissociative disorders...

When Should I Look for a Sober Living Home?

Leaving a residential treatment center is a big step in your recovery from addiction, but it presents you with a completely new set of challenges. Life outside the treatment center is full of pressures and triggers. Even if you are well prepared by what you have learned during addiction treatment, life outside the treatment center can test the will of the most committed recovering user. One option for recovering...

When Should I Tell My Doctor That I’m Addicted?

When you struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction, the thought of telling people can be very intimidating. Many people with addictions are hesitant to tell their loved ones about their addictions, and telling their healthcare provider might sound even worse. However, the bottom line is that you should tell your doctor about your addiction immediately. Drug or alcohol addiction can be life threatening, and should be...

Using Art Therapy to Overcome Trauma

As medical professionals continue to research the effects of trauma, they can invent new forms of treatment. For instance, art has recently been adapted into a therapeutic method that helps people overcome the effects of trauma. Art therapy gives patients power over their painful memories, which creates new opportunities to heal. If you or a loved one endured trauma and cannot find healing, consider seeking this...

The Downside of Treating Addiction as a Crime

Addiction can be treated in countless ways, but the two most common ways are to treat it either as a crime or disease. Crime is often involved in the process of addiction, but there are several downsides to treating it this way. In fact, if people only treat addiction as a crime, then addicts may not ever recover, and thereby abuse drugs for a long time in the future. Why Drug Addicts Seek Crime Drug or alcohol...

Role Models and Addiction Prevention

An infinite number of factors lead people to drug addiction, but some of those same factors encourage other people to stay sober. For instance, genetics, drug exposure and availability contribute to addiction development, but someone with a genetic predisposition for addiction is not doomed to develop one. This is because other factors oppose drug abuse, like a role model who teaches someone to avoid drugs....

Four Ways that Rehab Improves Your Coping Skills

Learning ways to cope with cravings, addiction triggers or other behaviors that can derail sobriety is an important part of recovery success. As recovering addicts learn coping skills, they can change their decision-making process while learning how to live without substance abuse. The coping skills that many people learn in rehab can increase the chances of recovery, so seek professional help as soon as possible to...

Using Art Therapy to Overcome Trauma

Many American adults have experienced at least one traumatic event, such as any of the following issues: Sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one Being in a car accident Home fires Surviving a violent crime Long-term bullying Sexual assault Racial or sexual discrimination Exposure to large scale violence or death Experiencing a natural disaster (tornado, hurricane, earthquake and etc.) Battlefield violence Sudden...

Plastic Surgery and Alcohol Addiction

Individuals often seek plastic and cosmetic surgery when they are unhappy with themselves, their weight, or a specific part of their body. Having surgery to “correct” or change a physical characteristic is a serious decision. There are several risks in these procedures, and they are costly. Persons volunteering their bodies up for plastic surgery are typically individuals who are deeply dissatisfied with...

How to Transition into Employment after Addiction Rehab

Addiction rehab is a treatment option for substance abuse. When treatment requires a full-time commitment, patients may be required to quit their job. Also, when addiction and substance abuse become a real problem, it may cause the loss of a job. Choosing to find help is a brave choice, but many may find returning to work or finding a new job difficult. Addiction Treatment and Employment When returning to a previous...

What Is the Difference between an MSW and an LMSW?

Understanding the progression of degrees in the field of social work can be a complex and confusing task. Different degrees allow graduates to work under different scopes of practice. Some people may choose to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) after getting a Bachelor’s Degree. After that, some even choose to go further by applying for licensure. Those who do this have the title of Licensed...

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Interventionist

Interventions can be very effective. For a person addicted to Valium, facing the consequences of drug use in the presence of friends and family often delivers a jolt of reality. Many times the well-planned crisis created by an intervention breaks the self-destructive cycle of addiction say Intervention Resource Center experts. Why do so few people consider employing this strategy?  Some fear the event will backfire...

How Do I Pay for an Intervention?

If a person you care deeply about is in denial about an addiction, you may consider hiring an interventionist or staging an intervention yourself. A family intervention, led by a licensed interventionist, can help you in a number of ways. Interventionists can provide structure and instruction on how to complete your intervention effectively and safely. Hiring an Interventionist There are important benefits to hiring...

Grief Counseling and Addiction Recovery

Grief is a much more powerful emotion than many people realize. Whether caused by the loss of a loved one or remorse for one’s own actions, grief can psychologically overwhelm people with the following feelings: Remorse Sadness Loneliness Anger Confusion Fear Hopelessness Grief counselors help people navigate the tumultuous emotions of loss in healthy ways. The brain’s need to relieve emotional pain can...

Treatment for Sexual Trauma and Substance Abuse

After a sexual assault, it is human nature to focus first on the physical self. We ensure that the victim of the sexual assault receives medical care for injuries sustained during the assault, and we ensure that the victim is able to heal physically with as much comfort as is possible. Sexual assault trauma that affects the mental and emotional well-being of the victim is often left as a last consideration;...

Community Resources for Long-Term Addiction Recovery

There are a variety of programs involved in a community-based recovery initiative, including the following: Focus groups and town meetings provide the opportunity for people to share their stories. Being able to share struggles and experiences gives people a sense of being heard and understood. The goal is to provide a forum where people can listen, engage and feel that the recovery concept is not a solitary...

Can I Watch TV during Inpatient Rehab?

Inpatient addiction rehabilitation is often misunderstood by many people who would significantly benefit from this kind of therapy. Whether as a result of dramatic portrayals on television or in movies, or due to stories and rumors that have been passed around for years, rehab is often imagined as a miserable, painful, boring and even punitive kind of experience. Many potential candidates are surprised to learn that...

What Are Drug-Monitoring Programs?

In a new effort to prevent prescription drug abuse across the country, many states are taking measures to cut the development of addiction at the source—doctor’s offices and pharmacies. New preventive measures supply doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals with an electronic database that lists patients’ prescriptions, which limits doctor shopping. This system is regulated by either the state or...

Who Should I Talk to First about My Addiction?

It may be tough to admit an addiction to someone else, but it is important to find a network of supportive people while going through recovery. Deciding whom to trust with vulnerable information is a process that includes finding the right kind of help. Talking about Addiction Researchers, such as scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, are discovering more about the biology of addiction all the time....

Using DBT to Manage Impulsive Behavior

Having to deal with impulsive behavior can be exhausting, as you can quickly become frustrated with the lack of control over your own emotions. Not knowing why or how your impulsiveness occurs can make it difficult to control these outbursts on your own. Seeking treatment for your underlying concerns through Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help you gain control of your behavior and impulses. How DBT Helps...

Is Long-Term Addiction Therapy Helpful?

Long-term addiction therapy is a powerful tool for treating addiction. Researchers at the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) argue that extended stays at residential treatment centers, or other forms of long-term therapy, help many addicts overcome their problems. Addiction and the Brain NIDA researchers who study addiction believe that long-term addiction treatment provides an important sense of community...

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