How To Fight Those Addiction Triggers

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How To Fight Those Addiction Triggers | Westside Treatment

An addict is always in recovery. I am sure you have heard that statement before, as there is no cure for addiction. Once you hit recovery that is where you will stay – unless you relapse. For an addict, the risk of relapsing is always right around the corner. Let’s face it – relapse happens. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 40-60% of people will relapse at least once after entering recovery. Addictions are ugly… Read more »

The Healing Power Of Art Therapy In Rehab

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Healing Power Of Art Therapy In Rehab | Westside Treatment

Some people are good with words, others – eh, not so much. Living a life in recovery, you will need a bag of tricks that can get you through trying times. Life can be frustrating and, unless you have stellar self-esteem, confidence, and top-notch verbal communication skills, you are going to need some help. Sure, you can sit and talk to a therapist. After all, you learned in treatment that therapists make great additions to your support system (which is… Read more »

Why Alcoholism Isn’t Always Obvious In Women

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Why Alcoholism Isn't Always Obvious In Women | Westside Treatment

Women are known to be nurturers by nature. They are like superwomen – whether working or taking care of the family. Women are taught they should be kind-hearted, supportive, and gentle caretakers. They work hard to make the lives of those around them easier, often sacrificing themselves. Organizing and multi-tasking are their strong points. In general, women are loving creatures who, even when they don’t truly feel it, exude confidence when proving their value in the workplace or proving themselves… Read more »

The 5 Most Common Addiction Issues

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5 Most Common Addiction Issues | Westside Treatment

Addiction is a disease that affects nearly 10 percent of the United States, with an estimated 24.6 million addicts according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). That doesn’t include the number of nicotine addicts or alcoholics but focuses on illicit drugs. Alcohol on its own accounts for 17.6 million cases of addiction and up to 40 percent of the country’s hospital beds are busy dealing with the consequences of alcohol poisoning, as per the National Council on Alcoholism… Read more »

Holistic Approaches To Relapse Prevention

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Holistic Approaches To Relapse Prevention | Westside Treatment

You are an overcomer. You have achieved great things and conquered obstacles you thought were the size of Mount Everest. In other words – you have worked hard to get where you are, and the last thing you want to do is risk your recovery and find yourself struggling with a relapse. But when life gets tough or you feel like you are fighting a losing battle, you may find yourself grasping for help. Sure, you have learned coping skills… Read more »

Life After Treatment – What’s Next?

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Life After Treatment - What's Next? | Westside Treatment

Substance abuse treatment programs do not last forever. You have spent a certain amount of time surrounded by like-minded people, learning hard lessons about yourself and tools to help you in the future. You feel confident and strong. You have a plan. You can do this. Then the big day comes – the front doors open and you are finally free to move through life on your own, making wiser choices than you did before. You step out and realize… Read more »

The Commonality of Dual Diagnosis

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The Commonality of Dual Diagnosis | Westside Treatment

Have you ever thought about why certain people are drawn to specific drugs? Why do some prefer uppers and others prefer downers? Why do some become addicted and others do not? While for some people the addiction may be just that – an addiction. For others, the addiction may be a means of dealing with symptoms of a mental illness, rather than seeking professional help. Dual diagnosis is a term that is used when referring to someone who is battling… Read more »