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Prescription opiate addiction and heroin addiction have been on the rise for the past decade. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimating that more than two million Americans have substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers. The prescription pill addiction can lead to overdoses, deaths, risky behaviors like motor vehicle accidents, and spread to an addiction to heroin. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), four out of five new […]

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Addiction and substance abuse don’t exist in a vacuum. It often develops hand-in-hand with other mental health conditions, an occurrence called ‘dual diagnosis’. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, roughly 33 percent of individuals suffering from mental illness also succumb to substance abuse. Among those suffering with a severe mental illness, this figure increases closer to 50 percent. According to NAMI, Dual diagnoses are more common among men than women; and it’s more […]

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Boundary setting is vital for the addict to do in recovery. Setting boundaries is the basis for a balanced life with healthy relationships, so learning this skill is part of a life of sobriety. The skill can help an addict through stressful times when risks of relapse typically increase. Boundaries and Addicts Often addicts do not have healthy boundaries. They may push away people who care and instead seek the company of fellow addicts they […]

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Once a drug or alcohol addict admits dependency on a particular substance, the next best step is to seek assistance from qualified professionals in the addiction rehabilitation field. Community outreach services for addicts commit to providing accessible and inclusive services in Malibu, California. What is Community Outreach? Outreach programs commit to helping at-risk alcohol and drug user facilities and individuals with substance abuse issues. This approach centers on providing services and materials to these people […]

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The cost of rehab programs may frighten potential clients seeking recovery from addiction and alcohol abuse. High-end luxury programs can appear imposing upon first glance, especially if the inquiring party is considering paying out of pocket. Fortunately, most insurance companies now provide coverage for residential addiction programs and treatment beyond inpatient residential facilities. Four things will most likely affect the cost of rehab programs: length of stay, location of facility, program type, and amenities included. […]

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“Your body is your temple.” For years, health practitioners and yogis alike have been extolling the virtues of treating your body with respect and care, which means daily maintenance through various healing modalities, especially when under levels of high stress. During a transition, the body is more prone to react in a state of duress, exhibiting symptoms such as muscle tension, respiratory constriction, cardiovascular fluctuations, liver taxation, and endocrine stress response production. In addition to […]

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), most drugs of abuse alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks that include addiction, impaired driving, and even infectious disease. While there are a seemingly endless number of prescription drugs available, broadly speaking, and according to the NIDA, the most commonly abused drugs fall into the following three categories. Commonly Abused Prescription Medications Opioids, also known as painkillers, reduce the intensity of pain […]

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Psychiatric health and addiction used to be considered separate entities. Today, addiction specialists understand the importance of integrated treatment for dual diagnosis, creating an all-inclusive recovery plan for the client. Anxiety attacks, depressive episodes, mood swings, and psychotic breaks are all symptoms of underlying psychological issues that may exacerbate an already-existing addiction to food, drugs, alcohol, or sex. Integrated Treatment for Dual Diagnosis The importance of integrated treatment for dual diagnosis exists in a treatment […]

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It should come as no surprise that yoga has entered the recovery lexicon. Aruni Nan Futuronsky, a Kripalu Senior Life Coach and Kripalu Yoga teacher who teaches Yoga and Recovery: 12-Step Spirituality, says that the complementary relationship between the 12-Steps and yoga is a perfect marriage for healing. “Addiction is the ultimate checking out of the moment…Yoga, on and off the mat, is the checking in to reality,” she says. “Brilliantly, yoga and recovery programs […]

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Living with a loved one who battles with addiction can be an emotional rollercoaster. Oftentimes, family members lose sight of their own needs in an effort to mediate and take care of the ailing alcoholic or addict. When this happens, friends and family may feel neglected, overlooked, and even abused. How does one seek help while living with someone in the throes of addiction? What about living with an alcoholic or addict in recovery? The […]

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