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Why Do I Have to Go to Therapy During Rehab?

Drug abuse and addiction come in as many forms as the people who struggle with them. When a person realizes that he has a drug use problem, he may decide to get help from other people. Admitting that a problem exists and seeking out professional help are two of the most crucial steps a person can take towards beginning a new life in recovery. The next step for a person to take is to begin a rehabilitation program. While most people realize the importance of going through a drug rehabilitation program, not many understand how all of the components of rehabilitation work together to help the person achieve long-term sobriety. One essential but sometimes overlooked aspect of drug rehabilitation is therapy. Nearly every rehabilitation program incorporates therapy in some form, so it’s beneficial to know both how rehabilitation therapy works and why it is so important.
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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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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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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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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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    Addiction and Mental Health Conditions: Does It Matter Which Came First?

Addiction and Mental Health Conditions: Does It Matter Which Came First?

Millions of people deal with addiction and mental health conditions each year. SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that in 2012, about 22.2 million Americans ages 12 and over had struggled with some type of substance dependence or abuse. This survey also found that approximately 43.7 million Americans ages 18 and over had at least one mental health condition in 2012. What many people may not realize, though, is that many people struggle with not one, but both of these conditions. Specifically, the NSDUH reported that 8.4 million adults met the criteria for having a substance use disorder alongside another mental health condition. While millions of people struggle with both conditions, not many people understand how they relate to each other. It’s therefore helpful to know the ways that substance use disorders and mental health conditions develop and interact with each other.
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    Reflections on National Recovery Month— and Why Celebrating Recovery Matters

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Reflections on National Recovery Month— and Why Celebrating Recovery Matters

When a grassroots initiative grows into something with a spirit and momentum of its own, one begins to suspect that this movement might have an especially inherent value, and perhaps–in the case of National Recovery Month–one that was never fully envisioned when it first began more than 20 years ago.

Over two decades ago, a form of Recovery Celebration Month was established, backed by both the government and private treatment organizations. The idea was to celebrate patients’ progress through addiction and mental health treatment and also to award specific rehabilitation staff members whose dedication and attitudes toward their work had shone through. (more…)

The Effect of Drugs on Serotonin

When a person uses a drug, he will experience several side effects. These effects include both physical and psychological changes, and can be either short-term or long-lasting. Some of the most pronounced effects of drug use, though, appear in the brain. All drugs interact with the brain in some way, and most affect how it communicates with other parts of the body. Specifically, many drugs interact with the brain’s neurotransmitters, which serve as the messengers for the brain’s communication system. One type of neurotransmitter is called serotonin, which functions in the brain as a conveyer of feelings of well-being and contentment. Since some types of drugs interact with serotonin, a person’s sense of happiness and well-being can be affected when he takes these kinds of drugs. (more…)

By |September 23rd, 2015|Drug Abuse, Mental Health

Depressants and PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences an extremely traumatic event. Some people who struggle with this disorder deny that they need help, while others realize that they have a problem but try to manage it on their own. Both of these ways of dealing with PTSD can be dangerous, especially if the person abuses depressants while he is experiencing PTSD-induced depression. There are many dangers related to using depressants while suffering from PTSD, so it’s essential for anyone suffering from this disorder to both avoid depressant drug use and seek out professional help.
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By |September 10th, 2015|Drug Abuse, Mental Health

Positive Thinking in Rehab

Going through addiction rehabilitation can be a challenging experience if the person doesn’t know what to expect. The person may have been dealing with substance abuse or addiction for several months, years or even decades, and beginning the recovery process often changes a lot of things in a person’s life that they have grown accustomed to. In order for a person to successfully go through the rehabilitation and recovery process, it’s helpful for him to engage in positive thinking. This state of mind will help him in rehabilitation as well as in long-term recovery.
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