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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,...

5 Tips to Prevent the Development of Addiction

Follow the dosage instructions of the prescriber, and by never use prescription drugs for recreational purposes If anything is more important than recovery from addiction, it is addiction prevention. Many people feel distressed, and they wonder what they could have done to prevent addiction in a loved one; they ask how they could have been of assistance in an earlier stage of substance abuse to help someone avoid...

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...

Talking to Your Doctor About a History of Drug Abuse

Discussing your history of addiction with your physician will ensure the best treatment while avoiding drug abuse risks Talking about addiction and a history of drug abuse can be nerve-wrecking, particularly when you must explain this information to a new physician. It can be intimidating to think about how he or she will take it and you may have concerns about how your doctor will react or treat you in the...

Why You Should Change Your Thinking on Addiction

If you think addiction is a choice or a sign of weakness, then you ignore the deeper issues When people find out that a loved one suffers from addiction, sometimes they react with disappointment, disgust or negativity. You may not be sure how to react when you hear that a loved one has an addiction, but ultimately she suffers from a mental disorder that is not her choice. Addiction is devastating, and, although her...

Ignoring the Lie that You Aren’t Good Enough

A low self-esteem may keep drug users from treatment, but rehab jumpstarts sobriety If you suffer from addiction, an important step toward recovery is believing that you are capable of it. If you ever think that you are not good enough to get and stay clean, then remind yourself that every individual deserves the opportunity to remove the shackles of substance abuse. Anyone with the right tools can create a positive...

Can Any Good Come from a Drug Charge?

Facing a drug charge is terrifying, but serves as a wake-up call that you have a problem Being charged with a drug crime can be devastating. Many people get caught up in addiction every year without ever even setting out to get high: they needed a prescription following surgery or an injury, and when the time came to quit they just couldn’t. Even young people get trapped in a disease they simply cannot shake after...

How to Find a Job in Recovery

When you interview for a job, you must decide whether or not you will discuss your addiction An intimidating and inevitable part of addiction recovery is having to transition back into everyday life. Many people do not have the financial luxury of staying home and avoiding the working world, and reentering the workforce can be quite stressful, especially for those who lost their former jobs due to addiction....

5 Ways that Community Support Can Help You Stay Sober

Community support can provide the structure, environment, accountability, and activities you need When you leave addiction treatment, you are much like a toddler learning to walk. Without the support and encouragement of those near you, you are likely to fall down (relapse). Community support can come in many different forms and can help you stay sober. Types of community support can include: A close friend A...
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