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Who Can I Talk to if I Don’t Trust My Family?

Plenty of resources will discuss your addiction with you if you do not trust your family Discussing your addiction with a trusted family member, friend or counselor is a key step to developing recovery. The listener will probably offer support and help in initial conversations, but she will probably be a valuable source of reliance throughout the healing period. The closest people in addicts’ lives may be the...

How Important Is It to Build Friendships in My Support Group?

Support group friendships are essential, whether they are found within peer support groups or in other positive social circles. Those we call our peers are people who share some sort of characteristic with us. It could be a specific volunteer interest, a professional career, an age or even an illness. Generally we tend to associate with and relate to our peers. The sheer fact that someone is our peer, however, does...

How Important Is a Healthy Eating Plan in Treatment?

Healthy eating supplements addiction treatment while also keeping physical and emotional wellness a primary concern Most people see addiction rehab as a time when patients focus all their efforts on stopping drug abuse. They know that rehab means people stay in an inpatient treatment center and have no access to substances such as alcohol or prescription medications; however, many of these people fail to realize...

How Healthy Does Detox Get Me?

Detox is a great step toward recovery, but it does not constitute complete treatment. In the year 2012, only 10% of addicts were estimated to be treated medically for their condition, which means that addiction did not receive the medical attention that it needed for people to get clean from drugs. However, if you understand the process of rehab and how detox begins long-term recovery, then you may feel encouraged...

How Do Benzos Affect Your Brain Chemistry?

There are 15 FDA approved benzodiazepine medications on the market; all of which affect the central nervous system In the 1980s, benzodiazepines became some of the most widely prescribed medications in the United States. It was at this point that their addiction and abuse potential began to be seriously addressed, even though the drug had been discovered years earlier in the 1930s. “Librium” was the name of the...

What Kind of Treatment Will I Get for an Opiate Addiction?

Individual and group therapy in rehab should be seen as opportunities to improve An important obstacle for getting addiction help is when addicts do not know what kind of treatment they will receive. The fact is that rehab has been poorly portrayed in the media so heavily that misconceptions and stigmas about both addicts and treatment abound. Ergo, it is wise to ask what kind of treatment you will get for...

What Is Counter-Dependency?

Counter-dependency, in simple terms, can be defined as a lack of trust or a feeling of detachment from other people Most of us are familiar with the term dependency and its implications when it comes to drug addiction. We may have come to learn that a person becomes dependent on a certain substance after abusing it for a period of time and now his body requires a consistent supply of said substance to be at ease and...

Can Social Media Exacerbate Eating Disorders?

Social media has given a new face to the struggle with body issues and eating disorders Social media can be a great way to connect with friends and family, grow a business and build an online presence. But for women and men who struggle with body image, social media can also be a place that contributes to eating disorders. This is especially true for teenage girls who work hard to look the way they feel society...

How Does HIPAA Protect My Personal Health Information?

The HIPAA privacy rule protects personal health information in any medium for a patient receiving medical treatment or counseling Personal privacy regarding health information is one of the most valuable rights for an individual who uses any type of healthcare program or treatment. It is understandable that any patient may wish to obtain treatment without the fear of disclosing all the details of his condition to...

How Can Responsible Use of Medication Descend into Addiction?

Many people who are addicted to prescription medications did not start taking a drug to abuse it Becoming an addict is not a choice. The many misconceptions and stigmas about addiction have made it difficult for people to recognize the danger of addiction, even if they are simply following a prescription for a medical condition. In fact, many people who are addicted to prescription medications did not start taking a...
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