The Advantages Of A Recovery Community In Los Angeles

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advantages of a recovery community | Westside Treatment

We thrive on being social, on hunting and trading, and on relying on each other to survive. And long before organized religion, civilization and written language, we relied on community. To this day, nothing can change any one person’s life as much as the power of a community. If several people come together with a joined interest, the result is an instant bond, a camaraderie that leaves us feeling happier and better. And for people in addiction recovery, that sense… Read more »

Location And Culture: How Your Environment Impacts Recovery

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Environment Impacts Recovery

Recognizing And Overcoming Environmental And Cultural Factors During Your Recovery The environment and culture with which you surround yourself can impact how well you recover from your drug or alcohol addiction. Factors in both situations could influence your success or undermine your efforts to beat a problem that has plagued you for years. You can regain sobriety and look forward to a brighter and healthier future by recognizing these environmental and cultural influences and knowing what steps to take to… Read more »

What Are the Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal?

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Heroin Withdrawal | Westside Treatment

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 »

Addiction Recovery Insurance – What Parts Are Covered?

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Addiction Recovery Insurance | Westside Treatment

Addiction recovery, like many other health care items in the United States, is a piece of health care covered partially by insurance companies, in different ways, throughout the country. Some businesses cover all aspects of drug treatment partially, others only cover rehab or medication. Some help is only available through the government, while other states have excellent private addiction recovery insurance providers. The exact details of what kind of addiction recovery insurance you’re looking at depend on where in the… Read more »

Medication-Based Treatment Can Be A Road To Sobriety

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The Road To Sobriety | Westside Treatment

The history of medicine is rich and long – but it is only relatively recently that we’ve begun to explore medication as a road to sobriety for addiction, an issue that first became relevant and studied through medicine itself. Methadone, a household name among prescription drugs and one of the best ways at chemically fighting the effects of heroin and other opioids, has been around for about 80 years, starting off as a synthetic opioid. Yet its history as a treatment… Read more »

The Nature Of Addiction: Physical Or Emotional?

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Nature Of Addiction | Westside Treatment

Medicine woke up to the reality and the existence of addiction sometime in the 19th century, when it became clear that there was a downside to injecting patients with copious amounts of morphine, and the downside wasn’t just the potential of an overdose. This is what first sparked the question of the nature of addiction instead of the previous assessment that it was just a moral failure. Mankind’s history with opium, alcohol and hallucinogens is long and extremely detailed. We… Read more »

Drugs And Appetite – Can You Eat Your Way Out Of Addiction?

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Drugs and Appetite | Westside Treatment

It is until quite recently that people have underestimated the effects of diet on the human body. While we’ve always had a notion of how important it is to eat right, our understanding of what it meant to eat right changed drastically – again and again – over the past few decades. There are various influences in our lives that can impact our diet and today we will be exploring drugs and appetite in relation to recovery from addiction. It is… Read more »

The Facts on Antidepressant Addiction

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Antidepressant Addiction | Westside Treatment

America’s prescription drug problem is immense. Opioids are related to more deaths than ever, and the country’s consumption and distribution of prescription medication is unmatched not only in history, but in the entire world. When it comes to taking pills, no one beats us. The danger with this is that many of the drugs Americans are accustomed to taking for anxiety and chronic pain are highly addictive. Sedatives like Xanax and opioids like Fentanyl and Oxycodone have become highlighted problem… Read more »

Addiction Is Not Evil: Why Anyone Can Have Addiction Issues

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Overcome Addiction Issues | Westside Treatment

Many people use drugs. Not many people become addicts. Potentially 40 percent of the country has tried an illicit drug, yet only about 20 million Americans suffer under what is considered substance abuse. Clearly the drugs aren’t completely at fault – instead, addiction issues are about more than just drugs, alcohol, or substances. Who becomes addicted and who doesn’t – the statistics show that mostly it’s a matter of unfortunate nature and unfortunate nurture. To be clearer, addiction is more… Read more »

Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Sobriety

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Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Sobriety | Westside Treatment

It’s often said that recovery is a lifelong process. Yet some might argue that if you’ve beaten an addiction, then by definition it should be beaten. For the sake of making an analogy, if you gained far too much weight in college and worked your way to a normal bodyweight, you wouldn’t say you’re recovering from obesity, nor would you assume that you still should worry about becoming overweight again. Except that this is blatantly false. We’ve all heard the… Read more »