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What To Do In An Intervention?

If you live with or know someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may feel hopeless and helpless to do anything for them. You possibly feel as though nothing you say or do changes the situation or helps them in any way. It is also possible that you struggle with what to say…

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What is Luxury Rehab?

Across the United States, there are thousands of rehab centers. Each of these offers competent, professional, and caring help for those who want and need to recover from substance use disorders. While researching options, you will likely come across listings advertised as “luxury rehab.” What does that mean? How is luxury rehab different from “normal”…

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Detox- What You Should Know

Long term alcohol use and abuse can result in significant physical and physical health difficulties. Addiction knows no barriers. It does not care if you are rich or poor, famous or unknown, employed or unemployed, religious or otherwise. Addiction can strike anyone at any time. Deciding to seek treatment can be one of the most…

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How Substance Abuse Affects the Elderly

We tend to associate drug use with children, teenagers and sexy young singles who are busy doing whatever they want. However, drug use, has no age limit. The idea that there’s an upper level age that someone stops being tempted by or using any kind of drug, whether it be alcohol or marijuana or Oxycontin…

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What Does Drug Use Cost Society?

Drug and alcohol abuse cost society billions each year. The estimated cost of drug abuse in the United States currently exceeds $740 billion annually and continues to grow. To put such a staggering number into context, that is the equivalent of 435 duplicates of the Space Shuttle Endeavour orbiter, 1200 Air Force One jets, or…

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What Happens if a Pregnant Woman Drinks?

Years of research have shown that the use of substances, including tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, or the misuse of prescribed medications by pregnant women can have severe adverse impacts on infants. The reason for these impacts is that so many of these substances pass through the placenta. Therefore, when a pregnant woman does drugs during…

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What is Codependency?

Healing and maintaining recovery from addiction is difficult for every addict. When addiction and codependency occur together, recovery can seem even more challenging to achieve. Defining Codependency and Enabling Behavior Codependency and enabling behavior are similar ideas, and both are easy to overlook if one doesn’t know what to look for. Codependency Codependency is a…

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Is Addiction A Disease?

Historically, addiction was viewed as a choice. In the eyes of many, those who abused alcohol, drugs, or both were making a conscious decision to drink, swallow pills, or introduce illicit substances into their body. Fortunately, over time science has determined addiction is not a choice. Many scientists, addiction treatment providers, and mental health counselors…

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Can Grief Lead to Addiction?

Grief can be an overwhelming and crushing emotion. It is an emotion without a timetable. Grief can last for days, weeks, months, or in some cases, even years. Grief is painful, and there is no quick resolution to the pain. Grief and the associated emotional turmoil can arise for various reasons and trigger an emotional…

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Are Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors Connected?

Compulsive behaviors and addiction are often linked. Throughout the years in television, film, and theater, we have been shown characters with compulsive tendencies or “addictions” to certain things. While none of these characters have had issues with substance abuse specifically, people with compulsive tendencies or a compulsive disorder diagnosis are typically at a higher risk…