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How to Recognize the Signs of Addiction

Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease that affects brain function and behavior. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, once an addiction has developed, it almost always requires professional intervention to stem the cycle of remission and relapse.1 Abuse, Addiction and Dependence Drug abuse, addiction and dependence are not the same thing. Abuse […]

Factors That Can Increase Addiction Risk

Addiction Risk As addiction experts will tell you, anyone can become addicted. However, some people may have a higher addiction risk and are more influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Like other illnesses such as diabetes and asthma, addiction is associated with periods of relapse and remission. There is no cure for […]

What to Expect at Your Detox Facility

What to Expect When You’re Detoxing From Drugs and Alcohol You can expect your detox facility to feature highly qualified medical professionals and addiction specialists who are trained to administer the most effective addiction treatments and therapies today. People who suffer from addiction are often apprehensive about entering rehab or a detox facility to begin […]

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Addiction in Your Life

How Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Life & Relationships Addiction is an insidious illness that can eventually take control of a person’s life. Anybody who risks experimenting with drugs can become addicted.1 One of the most disturbing things about this illness is that people who have it are often in denial, refusing to accept that […]

Relapse: Knowing the Signs

Addiction is a relapsing disease, and the challenges of recovery continue long after leaving the treatment center. The rate of relapse for addiction is close to those of other chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes—around 40 to 60 percent. 1 A relapse doesn’t occur out of anywhere. A relapse unfolds in stages, and […]

8 Simple Ways to Prevent Relapse

Top 8 Relapse Prevention Techniques When you’re dealing with a chronic disease like addiction, the risk of relapse is an ongoing concern. The relapse rate for addiction is similar to those for other chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes—it hovers around 40 to 60 percent.1 Despite those odds, there’s a lot you can do to […]

Recognize Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing an Addiction Problem Addiction is a type of disorder that is marked by compulsive substance abuse, even when that substance abuse creates negative consequences. This includes taking drugs—both legal and illegal—and drinking alcohol, despite negative health, financial or social consequences. It can be difficult to recognize addiction as some of the signs and symptoms […]

Recovery Process: 5 Ways to Include Family

What is The Role of Family in The Recovery Process? Incorporating Family Into the Recovery Process In many respects, the path to addiction recovery is a team effort. Like a race car driver, the addiction sufferer must do the driving to cross the finish line, but the pit crew provides the driver with essential support […]

Can You use Tobacco or Take Medications While Undergoing Detox?

While a client is preparing to undergo a medical detox for drugs or alcohol, questions frequently arise about smoking and taking medications during the detoxification process. It’s a common concern for people in treatment, as studies have shown 65 to 87 percent of people seeking addiction treatment use tobacco. Also, medications may have been previously […]

Is It Possible to Detox and Work at the Same Time?

How To Go To Rehab Without Losing Your Job Asking for a lengthy period of time away from work is never easy, but it’s especially intimidating if you need the time off for detox. You may wonder if it’s possible to continue working while you complete detox on an outpatient basis. In this post, we’ll […]