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How the Stigma of Addiction Interferes with Rehab

Many Americans struggle with addiction every year. SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that over 22 million Americans aged 12 and older, or 8.5 percent of this population, had struggled with either substance abuse or dependence. Substance abuse and dependence are both distinct from substance addiction, but the three often go together, and millions of people who abuse drugs become addicted to them. But while millions of people struggle with substance abuse, dependence and addiction, only a small percentage actually seek out professional help. (more…)

January 23rd, 2017|Addiction, Treatment

Persistence and Its Importance in Overcoming Addiction

When a person decides to get professional help with an addiction, he may be unsure of what to expect during rehabilitation and recovery. Most people know that addiction treatment can last for extended periods of time, but what they may not realize is how difficult it can be at times to continue treatment. In these situations, and even later on when a person has entered the long-term recovery phase of managing his addiction, it is necessary for the person to develop and exhibit persistence. This will greatly increase his likelihood of staying sober long-term.
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December 27th, 2016|Addiction, Mental Health

Mental Health Conditions and Process Addictions

Millions of Americans struggle with mental health conditions. Fortunately, most of these conditions can be treated effectively with the help of therapy and medication. When a person with a mental health condition also suffers from a process addiction, his situation becomes a little more complicated, but still completely treatable. Since mental health conditions and process addictions can interact with each other in negative ways, it’s important for a person struggling with both conditions to seek out professional help tailored for co-occurring disorders. This professional assistance can help those with these conditions achieve healthier and happier lives.
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October 26th, 2016|Addiction, Mental Health

Initiating a Discussion on Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is a serious problem in the United States. A lot of people abuse drugs, many of them without fully understanding the negative consequences of doing so. One reason many people aren’t aware of the many dangers of drug abuse is because it is often a taboo topic of conversation. Drugs are viewed as bad, but the explanation for why they are bad is not always readily available. This lack of education and confusion about drugs, abuse and addiction can make a person struggling with drug abuse or addiction feel ashamed of his problem and too embarrassed or afraid to seek out help. In order to counteract this ignorance about drugs, and in order to encourage people with drug problems to get the professional help they need, it’s necessary for people to become more able and willing to talk about drugs.
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October 19th, 2016|Drug Abuse

Why Is Individual Therapy Useful for Recovery?

Some people think that recovering from an addiction only involves detoxification from the drug. In reality, though, detoxification is only the first of many steps that a person takes to recover from a drug addiction. Recovery is a life-long process, and one of the most useful steps a person can take during recovery is committing to a therapy program.
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September 15th, 2016|Treatment

Why There Is More to Recovery than Sobriety

Many people see recovery as simply deciding to stop using a substance and committing to long-term sobriety. This is far from the truth, however. Recovering from substance abuse and addiction actually involves many different components, and sobriety is just one part of recovery. While sobriety during recovery is an integral part of successful recovery, there’s much more to it. And when a person focuses only on sobriety in his own personal recovery process, he sets himself up for frustration and discouragement. Instead of looking at recovery as simply abstaining from a certain substance, a person should try to think of recovery as a multifaceted process that consists of several different elements.
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August 18th, 2016|Recovery

How Has Modern Psychiatry Improved Addiction Treatment?

In the past, people who struggled with addiction received widely varying types of treatment. Some were prescribed powerful drugs that only worsened their addiction, and some were told that their addiction was completely their fault because they lacked will-power and self-control. Little consistency existed in the treatment of addictions, and not many scientists and healthcare professionals studied and fully understood the nature of addiction and rehabilitation. Because of this, many people found themselves alone in their struggle against their addiction. Over the past fifty years, however, modern psychiatry has contributed a large amount of important research related to addiction. Additionally, many healthcare professionals have used this newfound knowledge to create quality and effective addiction treatment programs that significantly improve a person’s likelihood of maintaining sobriety long-term.
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August 12th, 2016|Mental Health, Treatment
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The Importance of Being Involved in Your Treatment Experience

Going through addiction treatment can be an intense and overwhelming process. Because of this, many people are unsure about how to approach their individual treatment. Some people go through the process with an aggressive and belligerent attitude; some are less hostile, as they go through treatment passively and without any active engagement. But, the most effective way to receive addiction treatment is to be involved in the entire process. A person who is committed to and involved in her treatment has a great chance of completing rehab and maintaining sobriety long-term.
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July 18th, 2016|Treatment

How to Manage Ongoing Medical Conditions During Rehab

When a person seeks out professional help for addiction, he may think that the treatment will focus only on the substance use disorder. But the truth is that many people need personalized treatment that will address their co-occurring disorders, which are health conditions that occur alongside a substance use disorder. SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that in 2012, approximately 8.4 million American adults had co-occurring disorders. This translates to about 40.7 percent of the population of people who struggled with a substance use disorder. (more…)

July 13th, 2016|Treatment

Are Process Addictions Medically Recognized?

Millions of people struggle with process addictions each year. While many people think of addictions as involving a substance, a lot of people are addicted to activities or behaviors. These types of addictions, called process addictions, can be difficult to deal with, especially if the person doesn’t realize that he has an addiction at all. The difficulty with process addictions increases even more when some people don’t consider them to be actual addictions. In order for a person with a process addiction to receive the help he needs and begin the recovery process, he will need to admit to himself that he has a problem, and then seek out professional help from a rehabilitation center that treats his specific type of addiction.
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July 8th, 2016|Mental Health