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People tend to neglect themselves and their responsibilities during active addiction. Cleanliness becomes less of a priority, bills go unpaid, and relationships are neglected. It is unrealistic to think that all of these issues can be addressed and repaired as soon as someone gets clean. In early recovery, the primary focus should be on putting down the alcohol or other drugs and staying clean throughout each day. This is a process that takes time and […]

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Early Recovery is an Emotional Rollercoaster While ups and downs in life are expected, the rollercoaster of emotions that come with alcohol and drug rehabilitation can be surprising and overwhelming to addicts. This point is particularly true in the early part of recovery when an addict typically feels extreme highs and lows. Change as a Contributing Factor Entering rehab is a huge step for a person struggling with an addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, or […]

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Worry and anxiety can be overwhelming, especially early in recovery from drugs and alcohol. There are ways to ease these feelings and get emotions under control, starting with mindfulness. Some tools that can bring calmness and ease into life include: Engage In Mindfulness Embrace Uncertainty Challenge Your Dichotomous Thinking Reframe Negative Self-Talk Challenge Irrational Beliefs Eat Healthy Incorporate Relaxation Techniques Write Your Worries Down Focus On Something You Can Control Practice Questioning Your Thoughts Pretend You’re […]

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You may be thinking about rehab treatment for yourself or a loved one. One of the first questions may be what is the difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment? The following is a guide to the general differences between inpatient or outpatient treatment. Inpatient Treatment Programs Inpatient or residential treatment is an intensive program for the treatment of drug or alcohol dependency. It requires the individual to live full-time at the treatment facility, typically for […]

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Regular substance use, no matter what kind, suppresses emotions and interferes with people’s ability to experience what is happening around them. Take a look at the physical implications of prolonged use and learn how to reawaken the senses once the substances leave the body. Addiction and the Brain The brain is the hub of all our activities. It regulates the body’s physical functions and is responsible for our thoughts, behaviors and responses to our environment. […]

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The proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” arose from the idea that children are more likely to become healthy, well-adjusted adults when they have the support of their whole community. We, as humans, thrive with connections to society. How Does This Relate to Recovery? Recovering addicts are more successful when they have support from a therapeutic community. The community can be comprised of treatment providers or other recovering addicts. This is one […]

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There are many questions to ask before entering residential addiction treatment. First and foremost, admitting there is a real problem with drugs or alcohol is vital to making the first step in recovery. In order to come to such a conclusion, there are several questions on the website of Alcoholics Anonymous that may help in discovering whether one feels they are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Some questions include:  Have you ever tried to stop […]

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After the immediate withdrawal from alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, cocaine and other substances, another intense challenge waits in the wings: Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). Once the drugs and alcohol have left the body for up to two months, an onslaught of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms may arise, as a result of what experts refer to as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. Symptoms of PAWS take regular shape and form in the addicted person, following a typical pattern […]

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According to the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, prolonged use of opiates creates long-lasting changes in the brain that will most likely lead to drug addiction. Many factors, primarily neurobiological, take effect on the brain’s natural reward system, creating a dependency, known as addiction. The Role of Neurotransmitters The same way a key fits a lock, particular neurotransmitters activate specific receptor molecules. When opiates like heroin, Vicodin, and Oxycontin enter […]

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  Residential addiction treatment facilities are as varied as college campuses. Finding the right match is a detailed process, which involves research and discovery. Getting There Perhaps you’ve visited the residential treatment facility. Perhaps you’ve spoken to an addiction specialist over the phone. The first thing you have to do is arrive. Private transportation can be provided, especially if the client is arriving from the airport; a car service can also be arranged, depending on […]

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