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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...

What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much

• If you feel that you are taking too many prescriptions, seek professional consultation Prescription drugs are more accessible than they ever have been before. By many terms, this is a positive development in the field of medical care. However, it is not without downsides. Increasing numbers of patients are becoming addicted to prescriptions every year, leading to addictions, accidental overdoses, and sometimes,...

Reviewing DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a cognitive form of treatment originally designed for parasuicidal patients DBT is one form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that is commonly used to treat borderline personality disorder, a mental disorder that causes extreme mood instability. The development of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) started with psychologist Marsha Linehan’s desire to treat women...

Navigating the Holidays with an Addicted Loved One

You can take some practical steps to have a good time, decrease stress and offer valuable help to your addicted loved one The holidays are a perfect opportunity to relax and spend quality time with friends and family. However, despite the media’s portrayals of perfect families who enjoy fruitful holidays, some families must work to navigate the holidays with an addicted loved one while also keeping a positive...

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...

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...

Protecting Yourself from Alcohol in Recovery

Staying sober after addiction treatment can be a challenge, so protect yourself from alcohol to see long-lasting recovery Many people turn to addiction specialists for recovery help once they realize that a substance (be it legal or illegal) has become difficult to control and causes problems of one sort or another in their lives. Although degrees of addiction, sorts of substances used and other factors vary widely...

Physical Activity, Staying Busy and Living Sober

Sober living during addiction recovery might include playing sports and exercising Life after addiction is a special time to make decisions regarding your new style of life. Now that you are living drug-free, it is time to fill your schedule with rewarding activities while you continue maintaining your sobriety. The reason behind this is that idleness is a big risk factor for relapse. For example, a person who began...
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