The Advantages of Family Involvement in Addiction Treatment

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In a way, we are the sum of our experiences and the perceptions people have around us. Through our families, our friends, our adversaries and our role models, we create an image of what we should be like, and struggle to fulfill those self-set expectations. In a perfect world, family helps us not just figure out who we are, who we want to be and who we don’t want to be, but it also helps us get through the toughest… Read more »

How To Talk About Addiction To A Family Member

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Addiction in the family can be a very delicate matter, but when approached correctly, you can help avert a great amount of tragedy and find an opportunity to help your family member onto a path of recovery long before things hit rock bottom. Learning how best to talk about addiction to that family member is important in order to provide help and not push them away.   Learn More About Addiction And How To Talk About Addiction The first thing to… Read more »

What are the Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal?

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Cocaine is a stimulant derived from coca leaves. First discovered and used as a medicinal tool after the creation of coca wine in the 19th century, cocaine today is an illicit drug capable of creating a powerful sense of joy and euphoria, followed by an extreme crash. It is highly addictive, and has an extensive list of side effects from cocaine withdrawal including paranoia, anxiety, irritability and insomnia. Among the most common illicit drugs, cocaine can be counted as one of… Read more »

What Are the Differences Between PHP and IOP Treatment?

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Addiction recovery is more than rehab – it’s a lifelong commitment to yourself. Drug addiction tears people apart, breaking relationships and putting us down. It’s difficult to escape. For some, it even seems impossible. But when we do get out of that hell, it’s important that we dedicate ourselves to staying healthy, both physically and emotionally. It’s not just sobriety for the sake of sobriety. Staying clean just to be clean is no way to live. Instead, you should see… Read more »

What Are the Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal?

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Heroin is a powerful derivative of the poppy plant, the source of opium. As an opiate, heroin binds to the brain’s dopamine receptors and induces extremely powerful feelings of euphoria and numbness, and is about three times as powerful as morphine, another opiate with infamous misuse. This extreme potency is what makes heroin withdrawal so dangerous. In the world of medicine, opiates play an extremely significant role as analgesic and anesthetic tools. These drugs kill pain, making surgery and other treatments… Read more »

What Is An Intensive Outpatient Program?

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In most cases, the ideal first step towards a better life after addiction is through rehab. However, not all rehab is the same. Many facilities offer multiple types of programs, dependent on a client’s needs and circumstances. The most common ones are Inpatient and an intensive outpatient program. Inpatient or residential treatment is a common choice, as it allows clients to become full-time residents at a facility dedicated to early recovery and rehab – but it’s not an applicable treatment… Read more »

What Are the Symptoms of Spice Withdrawal?

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The world is full of dangerous ways to get intoxicated, beyond the usual household examples. Surrogate alcohol found in bath lotions, window cleaners and mouthwash, synthetic cathinone (bath salts) and veterinary prescriptions are just a few examples. Yet one of the most dangerous and prolific new drugs in America has an innocuous name: spice. Spice withdrawal has serious repercussions, but the drug is less known that many other “popular” alternatives. Spice has only been around for a decade or so,… Read more »

How Drug Addiction Affects Thoughts?

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There’s no secret that drug addiction can drastically alter the way the brain functions, right down to causing potential long-term brain damage. However, the way drug addiction affects thoughts differs both from person to person, and from drug to drug. Addiction itself is characterized by a series of behavioral changes which are not quite so varied – these are the psychological symptoms of long-term drug use that show up when someone develops a dependence. To understand why drug addiction affects… Read more »