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    How has the ‘Quick Fix’ Mentality Made Us Vulnerable to Addiction?

How has the ‘Quick Fix’ Mentality Made Us Vulnerable to Addiction?

By Dane O’Leary

Life has become more fast-paced than ever before. We’re constantly looking for ways to squeeze just a bit more time out of the day, whether it means juggling far too many simultaneous tasks at work, inserting lots of superfluous adjectives to achieve the required length for a college term paper, or driving way too fast on those morning and evening commutes. This compulsion to do things faster and make things easier actually puts us under more stress, making us feel an even greater need to condense our schedules by utilizing any shortcuts available to us.

Whether it’s to save time or energy, living our lives in fast-forward mode has had a momentous effect on our psychology, resulting in what we might call a “quick-fix mentality.” While there have been parallels drawn between this cognitive phenomenon and things like the increase in our average minimum stress levels,1 some have pointed out that this mindset could be contributing to addiction rates that are higher than ever and remain on the rise.

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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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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…)

By |January 23rd, 2017|Addiction, Treatment

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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By |September 15th, 2016|Treatment

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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    The Importance of Being Involved in Your Treatment Experience

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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By |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…)

By |July 13th, 2016|Treatment

Why Structure is Important in Rehab

Many people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction find that their lives have become completely out of control. They may feel like they are in a hopeless situation, and that no one can help them recover their former lives. But recovery from substance abuse and addiction is completely possible. Since substance abuse and addiction often takes over a person’s life and removes any former sense of structure from it, successful recovery plans often focus on helping the person regain structure in her life. This renewed structure is often the best way for a person beginning recovery to learn how to get her life back on track.
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By |June 22nd, 2016|Treatment

Do Any Treatment Methods Embrace Creativity?

When a person is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, he may feel like his life is out of control. Substance use disorders affect people in major ways, and they can negatively impact a person’s life when left untreated. A person’s life is changed by substance abuse or addiction in several ways, but one of the most significant effects of drug abuse or addiction involves the ways that he is able to express himself. While the person may have engaged in many creative activities before he began abusing one or more substances, he may find that he struggles to reach the same levels of creative output while he is struggling with a substance use disorder. In order to get back on track in life, it often helps to go through a substance abuse rehabilitation program, especially one that incorporates the individual’s creativity.
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By |June 1st, 2016|Treatment

How to Get Motivated for Change During Rehab

Deciding to get professional help is one of the most important decisions a person struggling with a substance use problem can make. Substance rehabilitation programs offer the addict a safe and healthy environment where she is surrounded by healthcare professionals and can focus on learning how to avoid substance abuse in the future. But going through substance rehabilitation can be scary for many people, especially when they think about the physical, psychological and social changes they will experience both during and after treatment. It’s therefore helpful to prepare for these changes, and to embrace them as a necessary and healthy part of the recovery process.
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By |February 23rd, 2016|Treatment