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Obstacles in Rehab to Overcome

Going through rehab is a tough process. Many rehab stays will last roughly 30 days. Depending on the severity of the addiction, it can last much longer. During that time at rehab, many people will have to overcome different obstacles in rehab. These can be anything from mental hurdles to the initial detox process. The…

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How to Stage an Intervention

If someone you love is experiencing issues with addiction, it may be time to stage an intervention. However, most people haven’t experienced an intervention before. Therefore, they do not know how to stage an intervention. If you go about staging an intervention the wrong way, your friend or family member could become resistant. Sometimes it’s…

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What Is PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome)?

Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is a condition that occurs in substance abuse patients who have already gone through detox and treatment. PAWS is a whirlwind of emotions that arise periodically, without warning, and generally lasts several days. Episodes of PAWS can continue to occur for up to two years after treatment. Recognizing these symptoms can help…

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What Is Opiate Withdrawal?

Opiates are medications that are prescribed to treat pain. Opiates create a sense of euphoria, which can be addictive to some people. That is why many people exceed the recommended dosage. However, long-term opiate abuse can lead to addiction.  In order to treat this addiction, withdrawal and detox are necessary. If you’re asking, “what is…

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Compulsive vs. Impulsive Behaviors in Addictive Personality

Addiction affects millions of Americans every year. Most people are unaware of the science and psychology behind addiction. It is important to understand how addiction can develop and how someone with an addictive personality can be at risk. Understanding how addiction works can help you find addiction treatment for yourself or your loved one. Being…

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The Long Road of Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a complex disease that involves changes of the body, in the mind and in emotional responses. Treatment is only part of the process of restoring an individual’s life to normalcy. Recovering from addiction is an ongoing commitment to perform actions and activities that promote healthier thinking and behavior so that relapse into substance…

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Heroin Addiction Treatment Necessary for the Rising Epidemic

For decades, heroin has been one of the most dangerous addictive substances. Millions of people have lost loved ones to heroin addiction. Despite what some may think, many people do not start using heroin out of the blue. Many begin using after taking other opioids like prescription painkillers. Individuals develop an addiction to the effects…

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Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Over 20 million Americans struggle with addiction every year. Many of those Americans also suffer from a mental health disorder that increases their risk of developing an addiction. For years, doctors have found connections between mental health disorders and addiction. Unfortunately, it can often be a challenge to definitively say which appeared first. Addiction experts…

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Meth Side Effects Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Research Shows Meth Abuse Linked to Parkinson’s Disease In case you needed another reason to avoid using meth, a new study from the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare has shown that meth users are three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than non-meth users. This study shows a peek into lifelong meth side…