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How Fear Fuels Addiction

Across the United States, countless families have tried as best they can to help a friend or addicted loved one get the necessary treatment they need to recover. Often those efforts are ignored or turned down for reasons nobody can understand. Unfortunately, those struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol are often unable to…

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Fighting The Stigma of Addiction

Even though it is 2020, the concerns and fears around stigma related to addiction remain alive and well throughout the United States. The concept of stigma describes the powerful negative thoughts that affect how an individual is viewed when they struggle with a substance abuse disorder or addiction. Stigma has the potential to adversely affect…

Addiction Treatment in a Crisis

If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, the concept of crisis, whether personal or professional, is likely all too familiar. There is an unfortunate yet common relationship between those who abuse drugs or alcohol and those who have emergencies in their lives. These emergencies can take on a variety of forms ranging from…

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Five Things You Don’t Know About Addiction

Whether it is a dependence on or addiction to alcohol, opioids, “street drugs” or any other substance, statistics show addiction kills thousands of Americans each year and impacts millions of lives. According to various surveys, almost two-thirds of American families have been significantly affected (in some way) by addictions to drugs or alcohol. It is…

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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 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…