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Scottsdale Recovery Blog

The Scottsdale Recovery Center blog serves as a resources to provide information on all aspects of drug and alcohol addiction, from signs to look for, how to help your loved ones recover, and insights on treatment options. Visit our blog weekly for new articles. Our goal is to share our expertise and insights to help those suffering from addiction to seek help. For those who have loved ones that are addicted, the articles provide helpful information on how to get help, how to prepare for treatment, and what to expect. The information contained in these blogs are for educational purposes only.

When you’re ready to learn more about addiction recovery, contact us to speak with one of our counselors.

Understanding Long-Term Effects of Overdose

Understanding Long-Term Effects of Overdose

The consequences of overdose extend far beyond the immediate crisis, impacting individuals physically, mentally, and emotionally in the long term. Whether from opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, or other substances, surviving an overdose can leave lasting scars and...

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Fatal Fentanyl Mixtures: The Top 5 Deadly Drug Combinations

Fatal Fentanyl Mixtures: The Top 5 Deadly Drug Combinations

The opioid crisis has brought into focus the danger of fentanyl, an incredibly potent synthetic opioid responsible for countless overdose deaths. However, what often remains less discussed are the perilous combinations of fentanyl with other drugs that escalate the...

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February: The Perfect Month to Seek Treatment for Addiction

February: The Perfect Month to Seek Treatment for Addiction

February is often associated with Valentine's Day, the Waste Management Open, Barrett Jackson, and the Super Bowl, but it's also an ideal month to take a significant step towards a healthier and happier life by seeking treatment for addiction. While the decision to...

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Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Love and Sobriety

Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Love and Sobriety

Valentine's Day is a time when love is in the air, and people express their affection for one another through gifts, romantic gestures, and heartfelt words. For many, it's a day filled with joy and connection. But what if you're an ex-addict in recovery? How do you...

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Top Self-Help, Addiction, and Sobriety Books for 2024

Top Self-Help, Addiction, and Sobriety Books for 2024

Books have always been a source of wisdom, comfort, and inspiration for individuals seeking personal growth and recovery. As we usher in 2024, there is a wealth of new publications in the realms of self-help, addiction, and sobriety, each offering unique perspectives...

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Top Self-Help, Addiction, and Sobriety Podcasts for 2024

Top Self-Help, Addiction, and Sobriety Podcasts for 2024

In a world filled with constant challenges and stressors, the power of podcasts cannot be underestimated when it comes to self-help, addiction, and sobriety. Podcasts provide a convenient and accessible way to access valuable insights, personal stories, and expert...

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Dry January: A Launchpad to a Lifelong Sober Journey

Dry January: A Launchpad to a Lifelong Sober Journey

For many people, January marks a fresh start, a time to leave behind the excesses of the holiday season and embrace healthier habits. It's also the perfect opportunity to undertake Dry January, a month-long commitment to abstain from alcohol. Beyond being a trendy...

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Holiday Gatherings: Identifying Signs of Addiction

Holiday Gatherings: Identifying Signs of Addiction

As the holiday season approaches, families and friends come together to celebrate, reconnect, and share in the joys of the season. However, amidst the festivities, it's crucial to be vigilant about the signs of addiction, especially when our loved ones may be...

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Sober Celebrations: Welcoming the New Year in [Sober] Style

Sober Celebrations: Welcoming the New Year in [Sober] Style

As the New Year approaches, the air fills with a sense of hope, renewal, and celebration. However, for individuals battling drug and alcohol addiction, this festive time can present significant challenges. With societal norms often associating New Year’s celebrations...

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Veterans Fighting Addiction: Courage in Recovery

Veterans Fighting Addiction: Courage in Recovery

For veterans, the return to civilian life can often be a battlefield of its own. Bearing the invisible scars of service, many veterans face a relentless adversary in the form of drug and alcohol addiction, PTSD, and depression. These conditions, stemming from or...

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Your Sobriety Story, Their Beacon: Heal by Helping Others

Your Sobriety Story, Their Beacon: Heal by Helping Others

In the landscape of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, a profound transformation occurs when one turns the focus outward, engaging in acts of service and fostering a culture of recovery. This altruistic shift is not merely a noble endeavor; it's a therapeutic...

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Inspire and Empower: Sharing Your Sobriety Success Story

Inspire and Empower: Sharing Your Sobriety Success Story

Embarking on the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a profound journey, often marked by personal struggle, resilience, and transformation. It's a path that can lead not only to personal liberation but also to the empowerment of others. For recovering...

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Self-Love Shines Through Holiday Times

Self-Love Shines Through Holiday Times

As the holidays approach, we're often swept up in a whirlwind of planning, shopping, and socializing. While there's joy to be found in the festive chaos, the most precious gift — self-love — can sometimes be neglected. Amid the glittering lights and celebratory...

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Holiday Blues: Depression and Anxiety Around the Holidays

Holiday Blues: Depression and Anxiety Around the Holidays

The holiday season, portrayed in vibrant colors and joyful tunes, is often associated with happiness, togetherness, and celebration. Yet, beneath the surface of festive decor and holiday cheer, many individuals face a starkly different reality. The holidays, for...

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Top Reasons Holidays Are the Best Time for Rehab

Top Reasons Holidays Are the Best Time for Rehab

The holiday season, with its festive spirit and family gatherings, might seem like the least opportune time to consider entering a rehabilitation program for substance abuse or addiction. Yet, counterintuitive as it may sound, this period could be the most beneficial...

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Spotting Depression & Addiction During the Holidays

Spotting Depression & Addiction During the Holidays

The holiday season is often portrayed as a time of joy and family unity, where the worries of the world fade into the background amid the festive atmosphere. However, this narrative doesn't hold true for everyone. For some, the holidays bring an increase in stress, a...

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Sweets to Cocaine Addiction: A Surprising Link?

Sweets to Cocaine Addiction: A Surprising Link?

The seemingly innocent pleasure of childhood sweets might carry with it a darker implication than a mere risk to dental health. Intriguing research suggests there could be a correlation between the early overconsumption of sugary treats and the propensity for cocaine...

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Cyber Shadows: Bullying, Addiction, and Depression

Cyber Shadows: Bullying, Addiction, and Depression

In our digital era, where screens are gateways to endless social interactions, a sinister trend, known as cyberbullying, has emerged and escalated, leaving deep psychological scars in its wake. It's a modern-day crisis intersecting with mental health issues, such as...

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Youth at Risk: Stopping Overdose in Teens and Students

Youth at Risk: Stopping Overdose in Teens and Students

In the shadow of academic pressures, the quest for self-discovery, and the first taste of independence, teenagers and college students are dangerously susceptible to drug abuse and potential overdose. This demographic stands at a critical juncture, a time when...

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Halloween Sobriety: Steering Clear of the Spirits

Halloween Sobriety: Steering Clear of the Spirits

Halloween, with its haunting allure, invites a mix of celebration, superstition, and, for many, a heavy dose of partying. It's a time when the chill in the air coincides with revelers taking to the streets, adorning eccentric costumes, and, more often than not,...

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Harnessing Peer Power in Addiction Recovery

Harnessing Peer Power in Addiction Recovery

In the multifaceted journey of addiction recovery, the human connection emerges as a critical ingredient in fostering long-lasting sobriety. While professional help, family support, and personal determination are essential components, the role of peer support often...

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Top 5 Professions with Highest Drug Addiction Rates

Top 5 Professions with Highest Drug Addiction Rates

In today's fast-paced world, stress and pressure can take a toll on individuals, leading some to turn to drugs as a coping mechanism. While drug addiction can affect people from all walks of life, certain professions are more susceptible to substance abuse due to the...

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Top 10 Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

Top 10 Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), some 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year. And even more people succumb to preventable illnesses each year as alcohol has the potential to contribute to over 200 diseases,...

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Yoga: A Transformative Ally in Addiction Treatment

Yoga: A Transformative Ally in Addiction Treatment

In the realm of addiction treatment, where every tool is vital and every approach is worth exploring, the ancient practice of yoga shines as a transformative ally. Beyond its reputation for physical flexibility and relaxation, yoga offers a holistic approach to...

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Free Will and Addiction: Is Addiction a Choice?

Free Will and Addiction: Is Addiction a Choice?

In the complex realm of addiction, the question of free will often looms large. Is addiction a matter of choice, a conscious decision that individuals make, or is it a condition that erodes their ability to choose freely? The Nature of Addiction Before delving into...

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Long-Term Drug Rehab: Your Path to Lasting Sobriety

Long-Term Drug Rehab: Your Path to Lasting Sobriety

The journey to sobriety is not a sprint; it's a lifelong marathon. Achieving lasting freedom from substance dependency requires more than a quick fix – it demands dedication, comprehensive support, and a commitment to long-term healing. In this article, we will look...

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First Responders and PTSD: Recognizing the Silent Battle

First Responders and PTSD: Recognizing the Silent Battle

Although it’s the nature of the job, what firefighters and paramedics witness while at work is taxing on the mind, jarring on the emotions and can remain forever in their hearts. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder “PTSD” is the repercussion from life-altering events that...

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Harnessing Breath for Stress Relief and Relapse Prevention

Harnessing Breath for Stress Relief and Relapse Prevention

In the journey of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, one of the most powerful yet often underestimated tools lies within us – our breath. Breathing is not just a basic bodily function; it's a profound mechanism that, when harnessed correctly, can alleviate...

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How to Get a Loved One into Drug or Alcohol Rehab

How to Get a Loved One into Drug or Alcohol Rehab

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses are rising at an alarming rate, having taken 63,632 American lives in 2016 alone. And a survey conducted by the (SAMHSA) reports that 21.5 million U.S. teens and adults faced some sort...

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Ego in Addiction Recovery

Ego in Addiction Recovery

Recovering from drug addiction is not easy. People who don’t go through it themselves often wonder why addicts find it so difficult to control their urge and impulse to use drugs. For an outsider, walking away from an addiction and choosing to follow a more straight...

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Why Aftercare Matters: Help, Support, Advice, Guidance

Why Aftercare Matters: Help, Support, Advice, Guidance

If you are considering admittance into a drug or alcohol rehab program for 30, 60, 90 days or more (or know someone who could benefit from doing so) much of your focus is probably on uncovering exactly what a treatment facility offers. Searching for program choices,...

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Celebrities Who Have Struggled With Addiction

Celebrities Who Have Struggled With Addiction

Addiction, no matter what the addiction is to, is a powerful thing. It can take hold of your life and consume it in an instant. No one wakes up and says “today I will be an addict.” That’s because addictions make everything else in life seem trivial. Many things take...

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Addiction Treatment Programs For Airline Pilots

Addiction Treatment Programs For Airline Pilots

Airline pilots, like anyone else, can experience issues with substance addiction. Their job, however, carries with it unique responsibilities and pressures, so it is vital that they receive appropriate support to overcome such challenges. Here are some types of...

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Signs a Loved One is Super Speedballing

Signs a Loved One is Super Speedballing

The super speedball is fairly recent concoction that is highly addictive and very deadly. Known on the streets as speedball, powerball, or over and under, the original speed ball contained heroin, a depressant, and cocaine, a stimulant. Now the synthetic opioid,...

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Designated Drivers Help Some but Enable Addiction in Others

Designated Drivers Help Some but Enable Addiction in Others

The following is a hypothetical situation that probably happens often in a corporate setting, in a sales or marketing division after they’ve hit their revenue numbers. Management is thrilled. Workabees are ecstatic. Time to celebrate and tie one on. Then there’s that...

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National Prevention Week – May 7–13, 2023

National Prevention Week – May 7–13, 2023

It’s almost time to celebrate all the prevention initiatives that take place all year long, each and every day, and the possibilities they open up with National Prevention Week! Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to help...

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The Origins of Speedballing – Mixing Heroin & Cocaine

The Origins of Speedballing – Mixing Heroin & Cocaine

Before we dig into the origins of speedballing, let's start by digging into what speedballing is - Speedballing is a dangerous practice that involves the simultaneous use of a stimulant, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, and a depressant, such as heroin or...

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Mental Health Awareness Month – May, 2023

Mental Health Awareness Month – May, 2023

It's May, which means it's Mental Health Awareness Month! Established in the United States in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month is observed annually to unite people in promoting mental health awareness and education. It also gives our communities an opportunity to...

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The Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Addiction During Pregnancy

The Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Addiction During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of excitement and anticipation, but it can also be a time of great vulnerability. Women who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction during pregnancy face a number of risks and challenges, both for themselves and for their unborn child. In this...

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The Hazards of Fentanyl Mixing

The Hazards of Fentanyl Mixing

With every passing day, the trend of abusing opioids and alcohol is swiftly growing, raising the concerns of health regulating and narcotic controlling authorities. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism report over 16 million Americans suffering from...

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How to Combat Your Fear of Detox

How to Combat Your Fear of Detox

Addiction is unpredictable. Two people could use the same amount of the exact same substance and experience extremely different results. A person will never know the degree of their addiction until they are in the thick of it. Most times, once this realization has...

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Suffering in Silence – Men and Eating Disorders

Suffering in Silence – Men and Eating Disorders

Many men have suffered eating disorders in silence over the years but make no mistake they need help. In spite of the fact that eating disorders affect both men and women, men are often overlooked when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. This issue seems to be on the...

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Pros and Cons of weight-loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic

Pros and Cons of weight-loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic

Wegovy and Ozempic are medications used to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes, respectively. They are both in the class of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists, which work by stimulating the release of insulin and reducing appetite. Neither Wegovy nor Ozempic are...

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The Role of Substance Abuse in Suicide

The Role of Substance Abuse in Suicide

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and it does not come as a surprise that drug and alcohol abuse is one of the major factors contributing to it. Although a number of factors contribute to the path leading towards a suicide, it has been...

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Impact of a Mother’s Addiction on her Children

Impact of a Mother’s Addiction on her Children

Motherhood has its challenges, but it can be especially challenging when a mom is battling addiction. Mothers often struggle with addiction, a condition that causes them to compulsively seek out and consume drugs and alcohol despite the adverse effects it has on both...

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Tianeptine Addiction: The Dangers of Gas Station Heroin

Tianeptine Addiction: The Dangers of Gas Station Heroin

A drug called tianeptine has gained popularity in some parts of the United States recently being called, "gas station heroin." Tianeptine is an antidepressant medication used in some parts of Europe and Latin America where it is regulated. However, it is not approved...

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Drug Overdose Deaths Have Quadrupled Among American Seniors

Drug Overdose Deaths Have Quadrupled Among American Seniors

America's senior population is increasingly suffering from fatal drug overdoses, according to a new study. The results showed that drug overdose deaths among older adults have quadrupled in the past two decades! This shines new light on senior drug use and may be able...

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6 Negative Impacts of Alcohol on Your Health and Wellness

6 Negative Impacts of Alcohol on Your Health and Wellness

Excessive alcohol consumption refers to drinking alcohol in amounts that are harmful to physical and mental health. The specific amount of alcohol that constitutes "excessive" can vary depending on factors like age, sex, and overall health. However, the Centers for...

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Alcohol Blackouts: The Long-Term Impacts

Alcohol Blackouts: The Long-Term Impacts

Alcohol blackouts are a common and serious risk associated with excessive drinking, particularly binge drinking. Blackouts occur when an individual drinks alcohol to the point where they experience memory loss or an inability to recall events that occurred while they...

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Sober-Friendly Family Fun Easter Activities In Arizona

Sober-Friendly Family Fun Easter Activities In Arizona

Spring is here which means it's time for beautiful Arizona blooms, warm weather, and a visit from the Easter bunny! There are so many sober-friendly events and activities Arizona has to offer during the Easter season! If you are looking to stay sober but have some...

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Health Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Health Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

One of the many challenges of substance abuse is the financial component associated with drug and alcohol addiction treatment and medical detox. For many suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, the idea of where to start to pay for recovery services can be...

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Do weight-loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic cause hair loss?

Do weight-loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic cause hair loss?

Do weight-loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic cause hair loss? People who take weight-loss drug Semaglutide, better known as Wegovy and Ozempic, are losing more than they bargained for. Imagine taking pills to lose weight but losing your hair! This is a concern some...

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Sex Addiction: The Struggle is Real

Sex Addiction: The Struggle is Real

Sex addiction, also known as compulsive sexual behavior or hypersexual disorder, is an obsessive relationship to sexual thoughts, urges, or behaviors that an individual is unable to control, and that negatively affect their health, job, relationships, and other parts...

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Signs of Addiction in Teens:  What to Look For, What to Do

Signs of Addiction in Teens: What to Look For, What to Do

When you suspect that your child has an addiction problem, it’s sometimes difficult to come to grips with the concept that it is happening to your child. You may even question whether they have a problem at all, or if they’re simply “being a teenager”. Below are a few...

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 22, 2023

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 22, 2023

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 22, 2023! This day was established to provide access to people looking to dispose of prescription drugs in a safe and simple manner. Part of the day is used to provide education to communities about prescription drug...

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The Role of Ego in Addiction & How Ego Drives Addiction

The Role of Ego in Addiction & How Ego Drives Addiction

Ego. We hear the world thrown around all the time but what is it really? Ego is a psychology term that is used to reference identity or the conscious sense of oneself. It helps us differentiate ourselves as unique beings and individuals with our own lives made up of...

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Drivers Beware: St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Dangers

Drivers Beware: St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Dangers

St. Patrick's Day is March 17th! This annual religious and cultural holiday is celebrated to honor St. Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland. The day is full of celtic folk music, corn beef and hash, and plenty of green alcoholic beverages. In fact, the holiday has been...

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Top 10 Must-see Movies on Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Top 10 Must-see Movies on Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Next time you plan to netflix and chill, here are ten must-see movies that provide powerful and insightful depictions of drug and alcohol addiction (in no particular order): "Trainspotting" (1996) This film, directed by Danny Boyle, portrays the lives of a group of...

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Top 10 Ted Talks About Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Top 10 Ted Talks About Drug and Alcohol Addiction

TED Talks are a series of online videos featuring short, powerful presentations by experts in various fields. The acronym "TED" stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, but TED Talks cover a broad range of topics, including science, business, global issues,...

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Health Benefits of Infrared Sauna for Detox and Recovery

Health Benefits of Infrared Sauna for Detox and Recovery

Infrared saunas are a type of sauna that use infrared heating elements to generate heat and induce sweating. This type of sauna is often promoted for its potential health benefits, including detoxification and recovery from various health conditions.While infrared...

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Is DMT Addictive?

Is DMT Addictive?

Psychedelics and "plant based medicine" is all the rage, but is it a good idea? Let's explore some of the basics around DMT, dangers of DMT use, and some other things to keep in mind when considering DMT use. What is DMT? DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a powerful...

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Dangers of DMT Use – Must Know Information about DMT

Dangers of DMT Use – Must Know Information about DMT

Before we dig into the dangers of DMT, let's start with the basics - what is DMT? DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a powerful hallucinogenic substance that occurs naturally in some plants and animals. It is a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States, meaning it...

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Is Ketamine Addictive? Pros and Cons of Ketamine Treatment

Is Ketamine Addictive? Pros and Cons of Ketamine Treatment

The short answer - Yes, ketamine can be addictive. Ketamine is a powerful dissociative drug that can produce feelings of euphoria and altered perception. It's important to note that while ketamine is used medically as an anesthetic and in low doses for the treatment...

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What is Ibogaine?

What is Ibogaine?

Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in plants belonging to the Apocynaceae family. This plants may include Taberanthe Iboga, Vocanga Africana and Tabernaemontana Undulate. However, the highest concentration of Ibogaine is usually found in...

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How to Successfully Date a Recovering Alcoholic

How to Successfully Date a Recovering Alcoholic

Dating someone new should be fun and exciting, but when the person is an Alcoholic, it can make dating a bit more difficult. You want to be sure that you aid the person in their effort to get and stay clean without making them think that you are judging them or are...

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Self-Love is Selfless – Reframing Self-Love

Self-Love is Selfless – Reframing Self-Love

Is self-love selfish or selfless? This is a question that many will interpret the answer to differently based on their upbringing and experiences in life, but for those of you who lean towards self-love being selfish, we beg to differ. Especially when it comes to...

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Dry January – Kickstart Your Journey to Sobriety

Dry January – Kickstart Your Journey to Sobriety

Never heard of Dry January? Well, Dry January is an annual campaign that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of January. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the negative effects of alcohol, promoting healthier habits, and encouraging people...

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What is Tianeptine?

What is Tianeptine?

Tianeptine, also known as Stablon, Coaxil, and Tatinol, is a medication that is primarily used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). It is a tricyclic antidepressant, which means that it works by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain,...

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The Fentanyl Epidemic Rages on in Arizona

The Fentanyl Epidemic Rages on in Arizona

Fentanyl is still wreaking havoc among communities around the United States. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), synthetic opioid-involved death rates had a 56% increase from 2019-2020 (excluding...

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Sober New Years Guide 2023

Sober New Years Guide 2023

We are about to put a wrap on 2022 and welcome a New Year! If only challenges could stay behind us as we step into 2023 … With so many people making new year's resolutions to get sober or stay sober, New Year's champagne flowing and parties popping off can present a...

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Fox10: Mesa Fentanyl Bust – SRC® in the Media

Fox10: Mesa Fentanyl Bust – SRC® in the Media

FOX 10 covered some of Mesa, Arizona’s biggest drug busts that happened in one day recently! Fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, you name it, a stash house had it all in large quantities. Officers found over 700,000 Fentanyl pills in one of the houses. The drugs are highly...

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Herbs for Treatment of Depression

Herbs for Treatment of Depression

Herbs for Depression and Techniques That Help Depression Feeling tired, like you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning almost like you are shutting down in a sense? … You are not alone. Depression among other mood disorders are affecting millions of people...

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Why First Responders Are Last to Fight Addiction

Why First Responders Are Last to Fight Addiction

For most of us, safety and security are often assumed and seldom given a second thought – except when they are at risk. It is our first responders that step up on our behalf and go into action, selflessly.  They face life-threatening situations at a moment’s notice....

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NATIONAL SOBER MONTH 2022 – Celebrate Sober Style

NATIONAL SOBER MONTH 2022 – Celebrate Sober Style

National Sober Month calls for celebrations sober style! Battling addiction is no easy feat and staying sober presents more challenges. Gaining new friendships, communities, and healthy habits is key to your recovery! Ditch the drugs and alcohol and embrace sober...

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Cheers to Another Sober Fourth!

Cheers to Another Sober Fourth!

The Fourth of July is a day of celebration with parties, gatherings, and lots and lots of drinking. For those that have been making strides in their sobriety, it can be a difficult holiday that challenges their willpower! Whether you are just starting your recovery...

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When Does Binge Drinking Stop and Addiction Start?

When Does Binge Drinking Stop and Addiction Start?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as, “a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent - or 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter - or higher. For a typical adult, this pattern...

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Digital Addiction: Social Media to Online Gambling

Digital Addiction: Social Media to Online Gambling

It is seldom to find a restaurant, social event, workspace, you name it - not riddled with digital input. Think about the last time you went to dinner and all phones were off the table? … Probably a distant memory if any that all of us have.  Digital dependency has...

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Addiction Does Not Discriminate: Johnny Depp

Addiction Does Not Discriminate: Johnny Depp

As a notable Hollywood star, Johnny Depp seemed to have it all and was living the dream. Now at his defamation trial, Depp’s personal struggles are being brought to the surface in a very public way, including his drug use. On the stand, Depp talks about his early...

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Alcohol Awareness Month 2022: Quick Facts

Alcohol Awareness Month 2022: Quick Facts

As Alcohol Awareness Month 2022 comes to an end, we thought we'd chat about some quick facts about the Unites States (of booze). Speaking of booze - it's no secret that drinking went up during the pandemic, but did you know? ... One billion (with a B) drinks per month...

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National Alcohol Awareness Month 2022

National Alcohol Awareness Month 2022

As you probably know by now, April is National Alcohol Awareness Month! The month was established to bring awareness to alcohol addiction from it’s causes to treatments to help overcome it! It is a time of coming together to share about the road to recovery as well as...

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St. Patty’s 2022 Shenanigans

St. Patty’s 2022 Shenanigans

St. Patrick’s Day is here and for many it marks a day of celebration with all sorts of green alcohol flowing. Like most holidays, this may be problematic for those of us trying to  stay in the sober lane! Here are a few tips to help you get through the day (and night)...

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Spring Sober! 

Spring Sober! 

Spring Sober!  Time to spring-sober! … and just like that, the spring season is upon us! As the weather heats, so do the social events and outings but just what company is good company to keep?  They say, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time...

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VALENTINES DAY: Codependency & Addiction 

VALENTINES DAY: Codependency & Addiction 

Whether you are single or in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, being informed about codependent relationships is a must! Codependent relationships are dysfunctional. Typically one person  acts as a caretaker, while the other person takes advantage. A partner can...

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Time To Talk Day

Time To Talk Day

It's Time To Talk Day and we are here for it! The day was founded to open up discussion around mental health and the importance of reaching out to others. We are all human and all go through things that can test our limits and need to know it’s okay to talk about...

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Managing Anxiety and Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Managing Anxiety and Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak

A global pandemic is enough to stem strong emotions and bring in stress, anxiety, and a feeling of depression in anyone. The coronavirus pandemic has made it quite clear that focusing on mental health is as important as focusing on your physical health. And since...

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The Benefits of Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness therapy, also sometimes referred to as outdoor behavioral healthcare, is a treatment for mental health disorders that occurs outdoors and out in nature. Against the backdrop of gorgeous trees, fields, beaches, etc, individuals learn coping skills and...

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5 Tips for Dealing With Cravings

5 Tips for Dealing With Cravings

Cravings are a completely normal part of the addiction recovery process. However, the effects can be overwhelming at times, and you may find yourself coming up with all kinds of excuses as to why you should start using again. This is why it is important that you...

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Benefits of Physical Activity During Addiction Recovery

There’s no denying the fact that there are a wide variety of benefits when it comes to living an active life and engaging in physical activity. For decades now, people have started to realize just how important it is to live a healthy, active life, with research and...

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The Science Behind Addiction

Ever wonder how exactly people become addicted to harmful substances? It can be easy to judge from the outside. People who have never experienced substance abuse themselves tend to have misconceptions on what really goes on in an addicted person’s brain. Science, for...

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A Quick Guide To Understanding An Addicts’ Mind

For people struggling with addiction, it’s hard to see what is wrong with their behavior until it’s too late. For people looking from the outside, it’s hard for them to understand why an addict does not see that what they’re doing is wrong. Unfortunately, this is...

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The Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction

The Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction

Past trauma is often a big ignitor for problems we face in adulthood. The scariest part is, we often don’t realize just how deeply unresolved issues from trauma affect us. Most people do not connect the experiences they’ve had in the past with things they are...

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The Power of Music and Art Therapy

Music and art therapy are often used as part of a holistic treatment regimen for substance abuse disorders. Many find freedom and joy in the ability to express their thoughts and emotions throughout their recovery journey through these mediums. A person can convey...

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Facts To Know About Mental Health

Facts To Know About Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Month is here, and we must all contribute to the efforts of the National Association of Mental Health in creating awareness about mental health problems. Every 1 in 5 Americans quietly fights the battle of mental illness every year. Half of the...

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The Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery

The Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery

Mindfulness is an amazing practice that can bring awareness into our lives that leads to greater control over our emotions and how we react to the world around us. A huge part of addiction recovery is finding this self awareness and harnessing it to overcome cravings...

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How To Start Your Journey Into Recovery

How To Start Your Journey Into Recovery

Making the decision to seek help for an addiction isn’t easy. It’s a huge first step in a journey that, unfortunately, some people take years to finish, if at all. Recovering from an addiction is extremely difficult, especially since many people develop addictions as...

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Celebrities Who Fell Prey To Drugs in 2020

Celebrities Who Fell Prey To Drugs in 2020

The lives of celebrities seems like a breezy walk in the park. You are popular, everybody likes you, you have an ample amount of money and a life most people yearn for. While all of it seems like one amazing combination, there always are a certain set of hurdles that...

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Addiction, Rehab, and Treatment in a Post Prop 207 Arizona

Addiction, Rehab, and Treatment in a Post Prop 207 Arizona

If there's anything more in controversial in the news besides this year's US presidential elections, then it has to be Proposition 207. In Arizona, this has become a hot topic in this year's ballot. With so many people in support of the act, other people were also...

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6 Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

6 Benefits of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Outpatient treatment may not be an ideal choice for everyone. But when you're looking for help without leaving your present life, there's nothing like it. It's perfect for anyone seeking help without splurging too much or needing a hospital to keep them in check all...

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How Recessions and Unemployment Affect Drug Addiction

How Recessions and Unemployment Affect Drug Addiction

We’re aware that drug use can lead to a lack of willingness to remain employed and productive. In fact, there’s a concrete correlation between drug abuse and a person’s job status. But a set of studies have found that the opposite is possible, too. Drug addiction can...

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Harmful Effects of Nicotine/Tobacco Products

Harmful Effects of Nicotine/Tobacco Products

One thing that almost everyone across the globe knows and understands about smoking, is that it causes lung cancer. However, many people are still unaware of the fact that smoking can induce several other health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and several...

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How to Survive Election Stress & Anxiety

How to Survive Election Stress & Anxiety

The year 2020 has been an overwhelming experience not just for the United States but for the entire world. Although the United States is still suffering the wrath of the COVID pandemic with daily cases seeing a constant surge, the country has many more problems to...

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What Do I Look for in a Drug Addiction Treatment Center?

What Do I Look for in a Drug Addiction Treatment Center?

Admitting that you need help is the first step towards getting better. But finding the right drug addiction treatment is equally important. It can not only help you get the right guidance but also bring down your treatment budget. Here’s what you need to look for in a...

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How To Find Private Addiction Treatment

How To Find Private Addiction Treatment

No matter how confidential the recovery process is, there will always be a stigma against people struggling with substance abuse. Naturally, it can make people skeptical about choosing what’s actually right for them. If you’re worried about other people finding out...

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COVID-19 Impact on Addiction Epidemic

COVID-19 Impact on Addiction Epidemic

The coronavirus pandemic has affected every country around the globe and continues to become worse in many nations. Until and unless there is no cure for COVID-19, the cases will continue to rise. However, the soaring number of infected people and those dying has...

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How Hobbies Can Help Fight Addiction

How Hobbies Can Help Fight Addiction

Many people who have suffered from addiction or have seen anyone around suffering from this disease know how bad it can be. What starts as a fun activity to drink and consume drugs to feel the euphoric effects, end up being a disorder that has the potential to even...

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Why Addiction to Porn is Dangerous

Why Addiction to Porn is Dangerous

If you think substance abuse disorder is the only addiction that has baffled the minds of researchers around the globe, there is yet another type of addiction that is keeping them busy. Porn addiction, which is a subset of sex addiction, is growing to become a topic...

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Great Spots in Arizona for Outdoor Therapy

Great Spots in Arizona for Outdoor Therapy

Substance abuse disorder is a complex disease that requires immediate and focused medical attention. Due to the complexity of this disorder, treatment is often carried out using a series of methods including medications and various therapies like outdoor therapy. It...

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Fighting Seasonal Depression

Fighting Seasonal Depression

Depression is a mental health issue that engulfs an individual and stays for long. It usually sources from tragic events such as losing a loved one, being jobless, financial crisis, or any other reason that puts stress on one's mind. However, is it possible that this...

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Addiction Recovery

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Addiction Recovery

Seeking correct and directed treatment for addiction is often the most crucial part of the recovery process. Once you have decided to live on a sober life path, the first step is to choose a suitable treatment plan that offers a countermeasure for the symptoms you may...

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Why Do Veterans Turn to Substance Abuse?

Why Do Veterans Turn to Substance Abuse?

People who use illicit substances and turn to drug abuse have their reasons to do so. However, the primary reason to turn to substance abuse is often just for fun, or to curb the symptoms and ill-effects of an underlying mental health condition. The former is often...

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What is the 12-Step Program?

What is the 12-Step Program?

Addiction disorder affects millions of lives across the globe, and numerous people are undergoing treatment to cure their substance abuse disorder. What makes this health condition even worse is the fact that it has been stigmatized for a long time now, and not many...

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Countries With The Worst Addiction Problems

Countries With The Worst Addiction Problems

Addiction is a global issue that has impacted everyone around the world. However, ever since the opioid epidemic hit the United States, many people including the Americans started believing that addiction only exists in their country. For many people, the United...

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History of the Opioid Epidemic

History of the Opioid Epidemic

Addiction is known to affect a large population worldwide. Though there are various causes of addiction, abusing prescribed medications has become a global issue. Many patients who consume prescribed medications such as opioids continue to use them even after the...

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What Research Tells Us About Addiction

What Research Tells Us About Addiction

Addiction as we know is a brain disease that develops an unending urge to use drugs or alcohol. It has emerged to become one of the most common health conditions in the present time. Many people including teenagers are being affected by this disease worldwide. Easy...

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How to Support Someone In Rehab

How to Support Someone In Rehab

Addiction can be devastating and change the dynamics of the life of a person. To successfully battle it, major lifestyle changes are needed as well as a lot of support, in and out of rehab, for complete recovery. For many people, there is a pervasive belief that if...

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Kanye West and Mental Health

Kanye West and Mental Health

If there was someone who captured the headlines and made it to the controversy list throughout July, it has to be Kanye West. He announced his presidential candidacy for the 2020 elections and even went on to conduct his first Presidential rally in South Carolina....

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Dealing with Denials in Medical Billing

Dealing with Denials in Medical Billing

The increasing number of medical coverage plans offered by health insurance companies has complicated the process of medical billing. The complexities of the process can give rise to medical billing errors that can lead to claim denials. Medical billing denials occur...

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Factors That Can Increase Risk of Addiction

Factors That Can Increase Risk of Addiction

Addiction is very common in individuals. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that 19.7 million individuals over the age of 12 suffered from substance abuse in 2017. In this article, we will discuss some of the risk factors for addiction that...

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Protecting Patient Information

Protecting Patient Information

With the expansion of technology and everything heading digital, data security has now become prominent than ever. Today, nearly every industry deals with crucial data that is stored digitally. In such cases, the security of data becomes of major concern for every...

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Addiction in Teens

Addiction in Teens

Nearly 50% of teens use an illegal drug in high school while it’s 43% in college students. Half of them belong to the age group of 12 to 17 and that’s quite an alarming figure. Since almost 30% of all drug use happens on school property, it’s important to know just...

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Benefits of Red Light Therapy

Benefits of Red Light Therapy

Red Light Therapy (RLT) also referred to as Photobiomodulation (PBM) is the process of using certain wavelengths of light to repair, restore, and treat skin issues. The therapy is focused primarily on injured, degenerating, or tissues that are on the brink of dying....

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Long Term Effects Of Taking High Dose Of Suboxone

Long Term Effects Of Taking High Dose Of Suboxone

Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone, both used widely in the treatment of opioid addiction. Naloxone is used for treating opioid addiction, and Buprenorphine is used to treat withdrawal symptoms once the opioid usage is reduced or stopped. Naloxone is also...

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How To Stay Sober During The Pandemic

How To Stay Sober During The Pandemic

One of the most prominent parts of addiction treatment is group interactions with fellow individuals in recovery. It also includes a one-on-one treatment method where the therapist conducts individual sessions to improve a patient's mental health. However, all of this...

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Other Kinds of Addictions

Other Kinds of Addictions

What is the first thing that pops up in your mind the moment you hear addiction? Alcohol and drugs. While they sure are the best candidates to win the addiction suffix, there are more activities and behaviors which are deemed addictive. The main focus of addiction has...

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Music Therapy

Music Therapy

If you’re feeling blue, find yourself a good tune. It might be just the thing to lift your spirits. What is Music Therapy?  "Simply put, music can heal people” ---Senator Harry Reid Although unconventional, music therapy is rapidly growing in popularity in the field...

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How COVID-19 May Strain Addiction Recovery

How COVID-19 May Strain Addiction Recovery

Coronavirus started its spread in late 2019 and has now consumed almost every nation in the world. Even countries with world-class healthcare facilities are seeing the collapse of the system and are helpless in this battle against the invisible virus. Millions of...

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6 Ways To Help Someone Fight Addiction

6 Ways To Help Someone Fight Addiction

When someone suffers from addiction, they have little control over their minds and often develop negative traits they otherwise wouldn’t have. This disorder affects an individual's life so much that the patient can remain on the verge of relapsing even after several...

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Vaping: What We Know So Far?

Vaping: What We Know So Far?

Vaping has become extremely popular in the last few years. The vaping culture began with one simple promise that it is ‘safer than cigarettes’. Seeing those three words, many people got in line to get their hands on their ‘vape’ or e-cigarettes. But a few years down...

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Shifting The Stigma Around Addiction (How We Can Fight It)

Shifting The Stigma Around Addiction (How We Can Fight It)

Addiction not only affects an individual's physical and mental well-being, but the disorder also disrupts their social life which becomes even worse after people get to know their condition. Doesn't matter if they are in a process to get back on their feet or have...

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How to Fix and Avoid – An Expert Guide to Going to Rehab

How to Fix and Avoid – An Expert Guide to Going to Rehab

Drug Addiction Treatment: How to Fix and Avoid, An Expert Guide to Going to Rehab Drug addiction is no joke, and if you've been affected directly or indirectly then you understand the pain it can cause. The worst thing about drug or alcohol abuse addiction is that...

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Rules That You Must Follow While Living In A Sober House

Rules That You Must Follow While Living In A Sober House

A sober house might be the ultimate solution for those looking to seriously quit their drinking habits for good, after returning from drug rehab. While in rehab, patients have to adhere to strict laws to prevent themselves from falling prey to their addiction needs....

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Everything To Know About Cocaine

Everything To Know About Cocaine

Stimulants are preferred by addicts due to their pleasing effects such as heightened energy levels, improved focus and concentration, inflated self-esteem, and euphoria. Some use it for better alertness while studying or during a job, or some use it just to experience...

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7 US Cities With The Worst Drug Problems

7 US Cities With The Worst Drug Problems

7 US Cities With The Worst Drug Problems - Drug use is an epidemic felt not only by one country but countries all over the world. It is a disease that needs to be treated and in the United States, the number of drug addicts is growing by the minute. Now if you are...

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Problems You Will Face in Early Recovery

Problems You Will Face in Early Recovery

Re-entering society as a sober individual is not always an easy situation. In fact, your early recovery phase is the time for readjusting your life to one that does not involve alcohol or drugs. Being able to achieve and maintain sobriety requires you to change your...

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a condition where addicts consume medications not intended for them. From taking a friend's prescription painkiller to injecting or snorting pills to get the rush, it is all a part of prescription drug abuse. Studies show that nearly 18...

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Coping Mechanisms To Help You In Early Recovery

Coping Mechanisms To Help You In Early Recovery

Millions of people around the globe are chained to addiction that has impacted their life in one way or the other. More worrisome is the fact that many of these addicts actually want to get rid of their addictive behavior and live a sober life. However, when you live...

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What Is Holistic Addiction Recovery Treatment?

What Is Holistic Addiction Recovery Treatment?

In the world of recovery, people going through the process often engage in some kind of addiction recovery treatment. First, former addicts go through the detox process, cleansing their body of the residual toxins and chemicals from substances. After that, a person...

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Which US States Have The Worst Drug Addiction Problems?

Which US States Have The Worst Drug Addiction Problems?

Most of us are aware that addiction is a huge issue in our world. Across the United States, we are constantly hearing about overdose rates, drunk driving accidents, and local drug problems. However, do we ever stop to consider just how bad the problems are for...

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What to Know About Kratom

What to Know About Kratom

You may have heard or encountered a drug called Kratom, but have no idea what it is or what it is made of. With the many drugs available all over the country and the world, it is easy to get confused about it. In this article, we will give you an insight on what this...

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What To Know About DMT/Dimethyltryptamine

What To Know About DMT/Dimethyltryptamine

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a naturally occurring compound in many plants and animals. Most commonly found in Amazonian plant species, the drug is often called spirit molecule due to the intense psychedelic experience it provides. The compound can be extracted from...

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Drug Use in the Americas

Drug Use in the Americas

Drug abuse and addiction is a problem that many countries are trying to resolve. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 255 million people used drugs like opioids, cocaine, cannabis, and amphetamines in 2015 alone. That means that the annual...

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How To Tell If Someone Develops An Addiction

How To Tell If Someone Develops An Addiction

The first step to diagnosing addiction in someone is to understand and recognize the signs associated with it. For you to help your family members, friends, relatives, or someone who you think might be a victim of addiction, it is crucial to develop an understanding...

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What‌ ‌Are‌ ‌Behavioral‌ ‌Addictions?‌ ‌

What‌ ‌Are‌ ‌Behavioral‌ ‌Addictions?‌ ‌

Having an addiction is not limited to drugs and alcohol alone. In fact, there are plenty of other addictions that are as destructive as that of substance addiction; these are commonly known as behavioral addictions. But what are behavioral addictions? How does one...

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Is Video Game Addiction Real?

Is Video Game Addiction Real?

Who doesn’t love video games? You can be any character you want, play with other people all over the world, enjoy the upgrades and customize gears, and most especially, the feeling of being able to accomplish a task or quest is something exhilarating. For many people,...

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Bike Riding Helps in Addiction Rehab and Recovery

Bike Riding Helps in Addiction Rehab and Recovery

Riding bikes has proven to be one of the most effective ways of recovering from addiction and alcoholism in addition to holistic lifestyle change, medications, behavioral therapies, and social interaction. Going through the entire process of recovery requires a lot...

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

“Be Kind to Your Mind”, that’s the mantra that we live by and one that we are preaching, even more, this month. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it is a month dedicated to smashing the stigma that surrounds mental health in an effort to help those who have...

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Facts To Know About Mental Health

Facts To Know About Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Month is here, and we must all contribute to the efforts of the National Association of Mental Health in creating awareness about mental health problems. Every 1 in 5 Americans quietly fights the battle of mental illness every year. Half of the...

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Substance Abuse in Rural vs. Urban Areas

Substance Abuse in Rural vs. Urban Areas

Substance abuse is an issue that can affect anyone despite the boundaries of countries, ethnicity, gender, caste, religion, etc. If there is one thing that fuels substance abuse, it is the mind. A stressful, tensed, and depressed mind can be anywhere in the world, but...

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Tips for Fighting Addiction

Tips for Fighting Addiction

Overcoming addiction is a hard battle. Not only does it affect the addict, but also the people who love and support them. Struggling with triggers and cravings are all part of fighting addiction, but with a little help from people who care for you, overcoming your...

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Is Marijuana Addiction Real?

Is Marijuana Addiction Real?

Marijuana has been a very hot topic in the last few decades. Since the 60s and the rock n’ roll, free-spirited attitude it brought about, people have been fighting for the legalization of cannabis. It wasn’t until 1996 that marijuana was first legalized for medicinal...

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How Can You Fight Drug Addiction If You Are An Athlete

How Can You Fight Drug Addiction If You Are An Athlete

When the competition gets tough and the pressure on the field gets worse, athletes often resort to the use of certain steroids to help improve performance while dealing with the stress. According to one anonymous survey, as many as 57% of world-class athletes admitted...

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Preparing for Your First Therapy Session

Preparing for Your First Therapy Session

Seeing a therapist for the first time can provoke anxiety for many people, so if you are one of them, don’t worry. You are not alone in this boat. The feeling of seeing a stranger who will have access to your thoughts, personal information and other problems can be...

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How To Start Your Journey Into Recovery

How To Start Your Journey Into Recovery

Making the decision to seek help for an addiction isn’t easy. It’s a huge first step in a journey that, unfortunately, some people take years to finish, if at all. Recovering from an addiction is extremely difficult, especially since many people develop addictions as...

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Tips for Dating in Recovery

Tips for Dating in Recovery

The thought of dating can be an exciting idea, but if you are in recovery, this could be fun or terrifying. However, since meeting someone or liking someone is something you cannot avoid, it is best to realize that just because you are in recovery, it doesn’t mean...

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Addictive Nature of Juuling & Vaping

Addictive Nature of Juuling & Vaping

We all are aware of the consequences of smoking one cigarette, let alone many. It degrades the very function of the lungs and increases the chances of developing cancer. Despite these side effects, people around the world are addicted to these death tubes filled with...

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The Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction

The Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction

Past trauma is often a big ignitor for problems we face in adulthood. The scariest part is, we often don’t realize just how deeply unresolved issues from trauma affect us. Most people do not connect the experiences they’ve had in the past with things they are...

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Staying Sober in College

Staying Sober in College

It’s no secret that college is where the life of the party is at. Day drinking, college sports games, frat/sorority parties, etc. are all huge staples in the college experience, but do they have to be? People like to normalize the binge drinking that happens in...

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Lifetime Therapy For Addiction Recovery

Lifetime Therapy For Addiction Recovery

One of the major achievements you can have as an addict is kicking the habit of using substances and committing to a lifetime of therapy. You should be proud of the goals you have reached thus far, but know that there is still work to do up ahead. Detox is only one...

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How Bad Is the Opioid Epidemic in the US?

How Bad Is the Opioid Epidemic in the US?

What started in 1999 as a problem quickly became a opioid epidemic in the United States causing as many as 64,000 deaths per year in this country. Due to the huge death toll, the country's life expectancy fell for two consecutive years, making the opioid crisis the...

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Ways To Help Struggling Addicts

Ways To Help Struggling Addicts

Helping someone who is struggling with addiction can be a long and heartbreaking process. It can be overwhelming at times, and once you hit your breaking point, you might think ignoring their situation is the best solution. However, this can be difficult if the person...

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10 Fun Ways To Self Quarantine

10 Fun Ways To Self Quarantine

Remember, when we used to complain about not having enough time to concentrate on things we love and would like to explore further? Well, that’s not it. Even seconds worked for most of us. From watching several series late in the night, writing daily journals to play...

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Short and Long-Term Effects of Hallucinogens

Short and Long-Term Effects of Hallucinogens

Hallucinogens are drugs that can alter the perceptions of a user by acting on the neural circuits of the brain. This particular class of drug affects the prefrontal cortex, which is a region of the brain that regulates the mood, cognition, and perception of the...

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People Entering Rehab During Coronavirus Outbreaks

People Entering Rehab During Coronavirus Outbreaks

The Coronavirus outbreak is something that most of us can say we have never experienced before. This is an extremely unique and unusual situation that most of the world was not prepared for. Compared to other viral outbreaks that took the nation by storm (Ebola, Swine...

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Dating in Early Recovery: Is it smart?

Dating in Early Recovery: Is it smart?

Dating in Early Recovery: Is it smart? Recovery is a lifelong process, but it requires the most work in the early stages because you must rebuild your entire life while ridding yourself of the old habits and addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. It is also during this...

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What If Someone You Know Is An Addict?

What If Someone You Know Is An Addict?

People close to someone, who is struggling with an addiction, often look for ways to bring them back on track. Even though their support has higher chances of pulling an addict out of this misery, it is not easy. The decision to try and get someone you know out of an...

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Addiction Recovery At Home During Quarantine

Addiction Recovery At Home During Quarantine

We’re living in strange times, aren’t we? It’s crazy to think just a few weeks ago we were living life normally, walking around town, hanging out with friends, hugging each other. Now, all that has changed with the latest COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the United...

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EMDR Therapy For Addiction Recovery

EMDR Therapy For Addiction Recovery

When trying to understand EMDR Therapy, one must understand the roots of the therapy and common uses for the technique. Traumatic experience knocks everyone's door at least once in their lives. It may be due to the early death of someone close, a horrible encounter...

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Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

Eating disorders may not be as common as other mental illnesses when it comes to dual diagnoses, but there are many people suffering from eating disorders and substance abuse issues at the same time. Eating disorders typically affect the eating habits of a person, as...

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How To Maintain Long-term Sobriety

How To Maintain Long-term Sobriety

It isn't easy to achieve long-term sobriety or give up on your addictive behavior. And once you do, it is equally challenging to be strong enough to retain it forever. Sometimes, life can throw in situations lucrative enough to break your sobriety, flipping you in a...

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Naltrexone Implant for Alcohol & Opiate Addiction Treatment

Naltrexone Implant for Alcohol & Opiate Addiction Treatment

Naltrexone is commonly known in the recovery community as a drug used in the early stages of detoxification from addiction. It’s an FDA-approved medication that reduces drug or alcohol cravings, making it easier for people to push through the early stages of addiction...

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Addiction Among Women

Addiction Among Women

Up until the early 90’s, women were excluded from drug abuse research and addiction rates among women were not accurately reported. But in the last couple of decades, finally we’ve seen that studies have been more inclusive of all genders. There do appear to be...

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How Does Addiction Happen?

How Does Addiction Happen?

Addiction doesn’t discriminate. Anyone can become addicted to any substance at any time. Many people are surprised to learn that someone they know or are close to struggles with substance abuse issues because we always think “that could never happen to me or anyone in...

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The Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery

The Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery

Mindfulness is an amazing practice that can bring awareness into our lives that leads to greater control over our emotions and how we react to the world around us. A huge part of addiction recovery is finding this self awareness and harnessing it to overcome cravings...

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Stem Cells for Addiction Recovery Treatment

Stem Cells for Addiction Recovery Treatment

Addiction has been proven to affect the brain in more ways than we know. The brain is one of the most vital organs in our bodies and it is responsible for all of the automatic processes in our bodies. Substance abuse and addiction have shown to have a great impact on...

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How To Avoid Situations That Might Compromise Your Sobriety

How To Avoid Situations That Might Compromise Your Sobriety

Sobriety is a lifelong struggle for most, and it requires a lot of strength to avoid relapse. One thing you can do to prevent relapse is to identify situations in your life that might compromise your sobriety, and then figure out what you can do to avoid relapse in...

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Effects of Xanax Abuse

Effects of Xanax Abuse

Xanax may be a prescribed medication used to relieve anxiety, but it is also one of the prescription drugs that many people abuse. But what is Xanax and how do people become addicted to it? And what are the side effects of Xanax abuse? This article will shed a light...

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Dealing With Coronavirus-Related Anxiety

Dealing With Coronavirus-Related Anxiety

The outbreak of Coronavirus has caused a lot of fear, panic, and insecurity all over the world. Because of this pandemic, most of the world has been mandated to quarantine themselves inside their homes. The isolation coupled with the unsure future of the world and its...

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5‌ ‌Must-See‌ ‌Movies‌ ‌About‌ ‌Addiction‌

5‌ ‌Must-See‌ ‌Movies‌ ‌About‌ ‌Addiction‌

Presently, around 23 million people are suffering from some kind of addiction in America. Surprisingly, only 10% of them get a chance at recovery. Since there is a vast knowledge gap among the masses about the subject, here are five movies that show what it’s like to...

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10 Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

10 Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism is something that we often let slip under our radar in ourselves and our loved ones. It can be easy to miss someone’s problem with drinking, as the social consumption of alcohol is perfectly legal and very common. But alcoholism shouldn’t be taken lightly —...

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Common Triggers That Addicts Deal With

Common Triggers That Addicts Deal With

Triggers have the capability to knock recovering addicts off the road to recovery, which makes them one of the most dangerous things you can encounter upon leaving rehab. A trigger is anything that an addicted person’s brain associates with getting “high” that may...

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How To Live a Successful Sober Life

How To Live a Successful Sober Life

So, you have completed your treatment program! You probably feel better than you have for as long as you can remember. You feel excited to finally begin your new life in sobriety. But this may also stir up feelings of nervousness and anxiety. You may be wondering...

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What is Kratom?

What is Kratom?

Kratom is a substance found in the Kratom tree native to Southeast Asia. When consumed, it causes psychotropic (mind-altering) effects, yet it is not illegal. In fact, it can easily be found through the internet or sold in vitamin stores. Kratom also goes by other...

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Common Mental Health Issues Addicts Suffer From

Common Mental Health Issues Addicts Suffer From

People with substance abuse disorder (SUD) are usually diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder. When this happens, the person is said to have a dual diagnosis. This means that a person with dual diagnosis must be given an integrated treatment plan that...

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Most‌ ‌Commonly‌ ‌Abused‌ ‌Substances‌

Most‌ ‌Commonly‌ ‌Abused‌ ‌Substances‌

There are plenty of misused and abused drugs that can alter a person’s mind and cloud their judgement. Because of this, the user can become addicted, pose health risks and even contact infectious diseases. That being said, it is a good idea to educate yourself about...

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Different Options for Addiction Treatment

Different Options for Addiction Treatment

When someone becomes an addict, their normal behavior changes erratically. This is because drug addiction is a chronic disease that is characterized by uncontrollable use of harmful substances that changes the chemicals in the brain. It is because of these changes...

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How To Tell If You’ve Developed An Addiction

How To Tell If You’ve Developed An Addiction

Addiction targets everyone, it does not only affect certain people. Addiction holds no bias towards any one gender, group, race, class, etc. People that struggle with addiction are often oblivious to their self-destructive ways. Addiction has often developed even...

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How a Dog Can Help You During Rehab

How a Dog Can Help You During Rehab

Drug Rehab can be a very stressful and involved time in anyone’s life. No matter what sort of rehab program you’re in, this time is often fraught with unknowns. Luckily, dogs are around to provide us with a helping hand during rehab. The mental health benefits of...

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How To Deal With Insomnia In Recovery

How To Deal With Insomnia In Recovery

Insomnia is common in people with substance drug disorders (SUDs). It can occur after withdrawals, and sometimes lasts for months and years and may be correlated with relapse. This can be uncomfortable to deal with and can cause some serious issues for people in...

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Hobbies To Get Your Mind Off Your Addiction

Hobbies To Get Your Mind Off Your Addiction

When we reflect on our addictions, we are often amazed at the amount of effort, money, and energy invested every day on pursuing the next ‘fix’. Managing dependency often turns into a full-time job! Once a person decides to come clean and kick their addiction, that...

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Coronavirus Survival Guide

Coronavirus Survival Guide

You’ve probably heard the news by now that there is a massive viral epidemic that is spreading across the world. COVID-19, or the coronavirus, is causing a lot of panic around the world due to its alarmingly infectious nature. The virus, originating from Wuhan, China,...

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Medical Detox (First Step In Recovery)

Medical Detox (First Step In Recovery)

Detox is one of the major concerns when it comes to addiction recovery. Abandoning regular drug and alcohol use after a long history of abuse can cause unpleasant symptoms and the whole idea can be intimidating to someone who feels comfortable in the lifestyle they’re...

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5 Tips for Dealing With Cravings

5 Tips for Dealing With Cravings

Cravings are a completely normal part of the addiction recovery process. However, the effects can be overwhelming at times, and you may find yourself coming up with all kinds of excuses as to why you should start using again. This is why it is important that you...

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The Power of Support Systems for Recovery

The Power of Support Systems for Recovery

Recovery from addiction is a lengthy process involving physical and mental withdrawal, long term hunger and lifestyle changes to help you fight against the original causes of your addiction. Although the first step to overcoming an addiction is always to seek...

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How Does A Person Develop An Addiction

How Does A Person Develop An Addiction

Substance abuse disorders are complicated and can have a significant impact on a person. But how does addiction develop? The one thing that is often related to the development of substance abuse disorders is the brain’s reward system. These channels offer the ability...

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Do Eating Disorders and Addiction Relate?

Do Eating Disorders and Addiction Relate?

Eating disorders are somewhat of a new phenomenon in the world. Though eating disorders have also been an issue long in the past, society didn’t really start addressing it as a disorder until the 1950s, when it was added to the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual...

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Alcohol Withdrawal: Timeline, Symptoms, and Treatment

Alcohol Withdrawal: Timeline, Symptoms, and Treatment

You may have mental and physical issues whether you stop drinking alcohol, or severely limit the amount to which you drink. These symptoms and side-effects can simply be labeled alcohol withdrawal and symptoms may vary from mild to severe. Today, we’re going to take a...

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Things You’ll Learn Through Addiction Recovery

Things You’ll Learn Through Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a disease that causes a great toll on a person but this doesn’t mean that life ends there. There are plenty of ways to overcome it. In fact, this is the reason why rehabilitation facilities are put up; to help those who want to recover from their...

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How To Hold An Intervention 101

How To Hold An Intervention 101

So you’ve got someone in your life that has been struggling with addiction and you’ve been thinking about holding an intervention for them … but where do you even begin? Interventions can be a difficult thing to stage and it can be hard to actually produce good...

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Oxycontin Addiction

Oxycontin Addiction

A drug use condition describes a severe form of a mental health disorder that arises when a person has difficulties with the alcohol, medications, drugs or illicit substances that they use. The word "substance use problem" is now the clinical term used for what was...

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Prevalence of Addiction in AZ

Prevalence of Addiction in AZ

For those of us that live in Arizona, we know just how beautiful this state is. Yes, California is the sunshine state, but in all reality, we think Arizona is the true sunshine state. We may not have the beaches and forests that other west coast states have, but boy...

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The Close Connection Between Homelessness & Addiction

The Close Connection Between Homelessness & Addiction

A popular misconception for the homeless is that they are all drug abusers or alcoholics. The reality is that a high proportion of the homeless deal with drug abuse, but dependency should be treated as an illness and need more care, advice, and support. Drug abuse is...

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Outdoor Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Outdoor Therapy for Addiction Treatment

When modern opioid use services are unsuccessful, nature rehabilitation may be the solution. Outdoor therapy includes removing people from their issues and treating them in an outdoor area that encourages self-improvement and enhancement of abilities through...

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Cold Hard Facts and Statistics on Addiction

Cold Hard Facts and Statistics on Addiction

There is much confusion and uncertainty about the abuse, treatment, addiction to and recovery from drugs. Nonetheless, you should never let social judgment deter someone you care about and deserve the support that they will need. The abuse of substances affects...

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The Power of Music and Art Therapy

Music and art therapy are often used as part of a holistic treatment regimen for substance abuse disorders. Many find freedom and joy in the ability to express their thoughts and emotions throughout their recovery journey through these mediums. A person can convey...

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What Does Cocaine Addiction Look Like?

What Does Cocaine Addiction Look Like?

Cocaine is a completely habit-forming drug. What starts as seemingly harmless curiosity can become a life-threatening dependency with damaging mental, educational, financial, and relational consequences. What is Cocaine Addiction? Cocaine is a dangerously addictive...

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Music Therapy For Addiction Recovery

Music Therapy For Addiction Recovery

Music brings people from all corners of the world together regardless of culture, belief, gender, and ethnicity. Music is the only real universal language and a powerful tool for treating people throughout communities and perspectives. A collection of recovery...

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5 Ways to Help a Loved One Suffering from Addiction

5 Ways to Help a Loved One Suffering from Addiction

5 Ways to Help a Loved One Suffering from Addiction If you love something too much to the point of losing control over it, then you are addicted. It could be drugs, alcohol, or any other unwanted behavior or substance. Maybe you aren’t addicted to anything harmful,...

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Ways To Improve Your Life After Rehab

Ways To Improve Your Life After Rehab

People who experience life after rehab may have conflicting emotions: they may be enthusiastic to continue living without substances, but the latter part of recovery can also be a source of anxiety that there could be relapse and worries about staying sober if daily...

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Illness That Drug/Alcohol Addiction Can Cause

Illness That Drug/Alcohol Addiction Can Cause

Addiction is a complex illness that takes no prisoners. This disease may result in several social, physiological and behavioral side-effects. The development of addiction can be fueled by various substances such as alcohol, illicit drugs, and even prescribed...

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Nicotine Addiction

Nicotine Addiction

Smoking is one of the leading causes of death around the world. It is a very powerful source of some addictive substances like nicotine that may alter an individual’s way of thinking. Compared to heroin and other addictive substance, nicotine gets into the mind and...

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Is Alcohol A Drug?

Is Alcohol A Drug?

Can alcohol technically be classified as a drug? Typically, when we think of drugs we think of illicit ones like cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin. However, drugs don’t necessarily need to be illicit to fall into that category. Nicotine, cough syrup, and...

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Dual Diagnosis and How To Treat Co-occuring Disorders

Dual Diagnosis and How To Treat Co-occuring Disorders

Is there anything worse than having problems with addiction and suffering from mental disorders at the same time? Addiction alone can destroy an individual’s life, what more if it is accompanied by a mental disorder? Let’s discuss the risk of acquiring both addiction...

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Medicare: Options and Opinions

Medicare: Options and Opinions

Something many people don’t know about Medicare is that it’s customizable. Medicare comes with parts and plans that you can piece together to create the most cost-effective coverage for your needs. With all the variations of Medicare coverage out there today, there...

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Does Hypnotherapy Work For Addiction Treatment?

Does Hypnotherapy Work For Addiction Treatment?

Hypnosis is something we’ve all heard about at one point in our lives. We often think of a magician performing on stage in front of hundreds of people. To us, hypnosis often means getting some to fall asleep at the sound of fingers snapping or getting someone to speak...

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How To Tell If Someone Is Addicted to Substance Abuse

How To Tell If Someone Is Addicted to Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is an issue for people from all walks of life. Anyone, regardless of generation, background, or social status can become addicted to a substance. This is the essence of substance dependence – it affects nearly every part of a person biologically....

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How To Help A Recovering Addict or Alcoholic

How To Help A Recovering Addict or Alcoholic

If a person has to deal with alcohol or drug addiction, he or she is likely to have short-term and persistent problems with mental and physical health. It will also affect their loved ones; partners, parents, kids, acquaintances and other relatives. It is important to...

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Holistic Treatment For Addiction

Holistic Treatment For Addiction

Drug abuse and addiction are major issues affecting millions of American adults each year. A right recovery plan for seeking treatment can be hard to discover off the bat. Everyone is unique and so is their journey through recovery. This means that anyone going...

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War Veterans and Addiction

War Veterans and Addiction

Veterans coming home from a military deployment can face several challenges in trying to fit back into society. One of the most important issues is undoubtedly all the mental and physical turmoil they went through. Maybe they lost a friend, lost an appendage, or a...

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What Is EMDR Therapy?

What Is EMDR Therapy?

Medical professionals are constantly researching new ways to treat disorders related to trauma and depression. Depression rates around the world are on the rise and people are getting diagnosed with these disorders more and more frequently. People tend to resort to...

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Correlation Between Depression & Addiction

Correlation Between Depression & Addiction

Depression is something that affects people around the globe. Before the last few decades, depression was viewed as just general sadness which is something we see as avoidable. However, depression is much more serious than being down in the dumps. Depression is...

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What Are Triggers? How Can You Handle Them?

What Are Triggers? How Can You Handle Them?

It's quite normal for addicts to relapse at least once while they're in recovery. It can be hard to completely rid oneself of temptation before they get clean for the last time. The emotional and physical indications, which make us feel like having the substances we...

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Substance Abuse Among The Aging and Elderly

Substance Abuse Among The Aging and Elderly

Drug abuse and dependence were once seen as predominantly among young people, but the elderly disproportionately abuse alcohol, narcotics, and illegal drugs. Alongside younger adults, older people have not shown strong alcohol or substance usage prevalence over time....

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Addiction and Medicare: Do I Qualify?

Addiction and Medicare: Do I Qualify?

Several reputable sources, such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), have reported that substance and alcohol abuse have been under-diagnosed in America’s senior population. According to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), in 2020,...

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Why Do Celebrities Suffer From Addiction?

Why Do Celebrities Suffer From Addiction?

We’ve all grown up watching movies and television shows wondering what it could be like to be on one. The life of a celebrity appears so glamorous and luxurious we can’t help but wonder if we could live the same kind of lifestyle. Being in blockbuster films,...

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Benefits of Yoga-Based Addiction Recovery

Benefits of Yoga-Based Addiction Recovery

The field of addiction rehabilitation has grown into a whole new space and beyond the historically popular 12-step plan. One of the newer tactics in use is yoga. Yoga is an exercise of consciousness, which helps people cope with stressful situations, including...

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Stress/Anxiety: The Recovery Killer

Stress/Anxiety: The Recovery Killer

Addiction recovery is an extremely sensitive process; progress can be undone in a matter of minutes. If a person relapses, they can feel like all the work they’ve put into their recovery has been foiled. Though this isn’t true, it’s understandable that recovering...

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How To Live A Fulfilling Life Without Substances

Many people, addicted or not, believe that being under the influence of drugs and alcohol and other substances leads to more fun experiences. Even those without addiction have the tendency to supplement most activities with alcohol or other substances in order to...

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Stimulant Drug Abuse

Stimulant Drug Abuse

Stimulants are psychoactive drugs that enhance vitality and alertness by stimulating the activation of neural signals. To increase alertness and cognitive function, stimulants act on the central nervous system. Prescription drugs or illicit substances, like...

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Everything To Know About Fentanyl

Everything To Know About Fentanyl

Dr. Paul Jansen synthesized fentanyl in Belgium in December 1960. It was developed as an IV analgesic and was first published around 1963 for clinical use. In 1968, fentanyl was introduced into the United States and is one of the best-known intra-operative analgesics...

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What Is Dual Diagnosis

What Is Dual Diagnosis

Written by: Landmark Recovery Addiction and substance abuse are serious issues and unfortunately, these problems will oftentimes lead to or be caused by underlying mental health problems that can be impacting and exacerbating the issues. When it comes to drug and...

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Differences Between Hemp & Marijuana

Differences Between Hemp & Marijuana

In recent years, CBD has entered the mainstream. You may have even have seen it on the racks of your local supermarket or office of your chiropractors. Recently, Hemp has become a hot topic, with legal debate in virtually every area. There are great questions about...

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What Is DMT?

What Is DMT?

If you are at all a fan of Joe Rogan and his podcast, Joe Rogan Experience, you’ve probably heard a little bit about this drug. The former MMA fighter turned comedian/podcaster has often joked about his experiences with the drug, reminiscing about past experiences...

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Therapy For Addiction Recovery

Therapy For Addiction Recovery

It is a massive achievement to prevent the abuse of medication, alcohol, tobacco, and any other substance. Though you may have beat your initial desires, that doesn’t mean they are gone for good. Recovery is the start of a lengthy process where addiction and relapse...

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Dangers of Hallucinogens

Dangers of Hallucinogens

Studies suggest that hallucinogenic drugs alter a consumer’s perception by working on neural circuits of the brain, specifically in the prefrontal cortex, a region that actively includes vision, mood, and cognition. Although dissociative drugs are supposed to disrupt...

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Meth Addiction

Meth Addiction

You may not necessarily understand how a meth addict thinks and feels, but you can get more insight into the nature of a victim, and it can allow you to see that when the individual is snatching, manipulating, or cheating, it is not a personal problem but a sign of...

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Why You Should Never Try Detox/Recovery On Your Own

Why You Should Never Try Detox/Recovery On Your Own

Addiction can turn into a physical dependence; thus, a person must first address their dependency and get through the withdrawal period stably as to not interrupt the detox. This first stage of recovery is referred to as detox or detoxification. It is the method of...

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Areas of Life That Benefit from Sobriety

Areas of Life That Benefit from Sobriety

Sobriety transforms everything in a person's life. We learn over and over that this kind of life is the greatest life we could ever live. Nonetheless, this life is not always appealing to people that are stuck in addiction. The sober life may sound frightening,...

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“Let’s Grab Drinks” Culture

“Let’s Grab Drinks” Culture

You hear it in movies, television shows, and even in real life, the phrase, “Let’s grab some drinks!” You’ve heard your friends, family, and co-workers say this before too. Though this activity can seem harmless to most, we never stop to think how frequent “casual”...

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Everything You Need To Know About PTSD

Everything You Need To Know About PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an illness caused by an unfortunate incident, whether it is felt or seen. Symptoms may include retroactive flashbacks, hallucinations, extreme panic, uncontrollable anxiety, and depression. Most individuals suffering from...

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Meditation and Other Forms of Self-Care

Meditation and Other Forms of Self-Care

Many of us are encouraged in our lives to express kindness outwardly, to be kind, to share and to lavish others with sympathy, empathy, and humility. Nonetheless, it often seems less normal when we are doing these things to ourselves. If you have spent time in a...

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What Addiction Can Cost You

What Addiction Can Cost You

When a person suffers from an addiction, it can have a serious impact on their financial stability. Substance abuse is not a cheap habit by any means. Addiction to a substance like alcohol can be expensive. If you go out to a bar every night and have a few cocktails,...

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What is Gambling Addiction?

What is Gambling Addiction?

Gambling is silly fun for many people but can become a concern for others but it can develop into a form of compulsive behavior. Gambling addiction is a mental health issue that is considered to be an urge and has several resemblances to an obsessive-compulsive...

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Fentanyl Abuse: Signs & Symptoms

Fentanyl Abuse: Signs & Symptoms

Fentanyl is a manmade narcotic used as pain reliever, generally, after a surgery or as a part of any medical treatment. In other words, it is a potent synthetic opioid drug used to relieve pain. Some branded drugs are composed using Fentanyl. It is stronger than...

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How Addiction Happens To College Students

How Addiction Happens To College Students

For many young adults, attending college is a period of exploration, which can cause them to act without any precaution. Some of the most common problems on college campuses are binge drinking and drug abuse. College is a time of freedom and independence, but...

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Things To Know About Carfentanil

Things To Know About Carfentanil

No matter what substance or behavior you’re addicted to, there’s no denying the fact that addiction, in general, can be dangerous to one’s overall well-being. Substance abuse can be damaging to physical and mental health while behavioral addictions mainly affect a...

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Family History and Addiction

For most of us that witness our loved ones battling dependency, it’s hard to watch them go down that route. It is difficult to understand exactly what caused these kinds of behaviors and what might have led to their bad habits of abusing substances. Science has now...

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The Dangers of Smoking

The Dangers of Smoking

Smoking harms almost all of the body's organs and can cause a variety of different diseases, decreasing overall well-being. It is a tough habit to break. A person who smokes cigarettes is extremely susceptible to addiction because the substance helps release dopamine...

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Etizolam: Dangerous Alternative to Xanax

Etizolam: Dangerous Alternative to Xanax

If you’ve been at all remotely up-to-date on the dangerous drugs that are being abused across the country, chances are you’ve heard of Xanax. This drug is specifically made to treat disorders such as anxiety and insomnia. It is a minor tranquilizer that acts as a...

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What Withdrawal Looks Like

What Withdrawal Looks Like

An individual who becomes dependent on a drug or alcohol may experience withdrawal syndromes. It may also result in relapse if not addressed properly and immediately. As a person continues to abuse any substance and then reduce its consumption immediately, it can...

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What is Binge Drinking?

What is Binge Drinking?

Long-term damage caused by heavy alcohol is no joke, it’s a serious issue that can happen to anyone who keeps their drinking habits left unchecked. Many health problems develop with chronic binge drinkers. Studies show that even a single episode of a binge drinking...

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Benefits of a Strong Support System

Benefits of a Strong Support System

Dealing with a problem, such as addiction, is never easy especially if you are fighting for your survival alone. It’s best to have a good support system in order to build your confidence and help you to face addiction head-on. The people in your support system will...

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

There is a massive debate happening in society regarding the legalization of Marijuana but before we dig deeper into the idea of whether or not it should be legalized, let’s understand what it really is. What is Marijuana? Marijuana is a very popular drug used by...

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Importance of TeleMedicine

Importance of TeleMedicine

In this day-and-age, it can be borderline irritating to have to sit down, call your doctor’s office and schedule an appointment to be seen. Even with great insurance, it can be difficult to see your doctor right away. Not to mention getting prescriptions can be even...

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The Benefits of Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness therapy, also sometimes referred to as outdoor behavioral healthcare, is a treatment for mental health disorders that occurs outdoors and out in nature. Against the backdrop of gorgeous trees, fields, beaches, etc, individuals learn coping skills and...

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Addiction Is Not A Choice, It Is A Disease

Addiction Is Not A Choice, It Is A Disease

Addiction is a widespread problem in society that affects individuals from all walks of life. The prevalence of addiction in modern society has become such an issue that experts have conflicting opinions about how and why such behavior happens. It is something the...

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Areas of Life That Addiction Affects

Areas of Life That Addiction Affects

Addiction is one of the worst dilemmas in society. It is extremely dangerous as it causes severe mental and health changes in a person’s life. The organs in the body are fragile and should be taken care of. If addiction enters the system, the possibility of damaging...

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How Alcohol Addiction Works

How Alcohol Addiction Works

Addiction is a widespread disease that can destroy anybody’s life. Victims either recover or suffer fatal consequences depending on how severe the addiction is. Alcohol addiction is a kind of disease that can bring about other health issues that can endanger a...

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Difference Between SMART Recovery & 12-Step Program

Difference Between SMART Recovery & 12-Step Program

There are treatments for substance abuse and addiction available in treatment centers around the country. It is better to understand how each of the treatment programs works for your own benefits. If you already know the differences between programs, then you’ll have...

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Dual-Diagnosis and How it Works

If you’ve read our other blogs, you probably know by now that substance abuse disorder often goes hand-in-hand with mental illness, often referred to as dual-diagnosis. Mental illness is usually either the cause or a result of addiction. On one hand, a person who was...

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Dating Tips During Recovery

Dating Tips During Recovery

Your journey into recovery is a very sensitive process. To ensure long-term sobriety, you have to go through medical detox, possibly attend a rehabilitation center, and regularly attend therapy sessions. Medical detox is done so your body can be cleansed of the toxins...

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Facts About Substance Abuse in Teenagers

Facts About Substance Abuse in Teenagers

Adolescence is a time in life where you experience and encounter a lot of things, some of these things being not so good. It is one of those times when you feel like trying to discover a new hobby and adventure. Because of this, some teenagers try to do things that...

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Is Substance Abuse Compromising Your Loved One’s Career?

Is Substance Abuse Compromising Your Loved One’s Career?

If you worry your loved one has been fostering a substance abuse issue, you’re not alone. Addiction has been sweeping across the country for years; in 2017 alone, over 20 million Americans developed an addiction, yet only a tenth received treatment . It can be harmful...

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What Ben Affleck’s Relapse Tells Us About Recovery

What Ben Affleck’s Relapse Tells Us About Recovery

Ben Affleck is one of Hollywood’s most notable celebrities. He’s extremely well-known for his roles in Gone Girl, Justice League, Argo, and Good Will Hunting. The actor has seen immense success over his many years in the entertainment industry but has not been without...

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Timeline of Addiction Recovery

Timeline of Addiction Recovery

Addiction is one of the most serious problems we face in society; it ruins the ability for a person to live normally. It is right and rational to seek help from medical professionals in overcoming it. There are a lot of things that will hinder a person to achieve an...

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Telltale Signs You Have Developed An Addiction

Telltale Signs You Have Developed An Addiction

There are plenty of ways in which a person could develop an addiction. It could be an addiction to online games, gambling, sex, drugs or alcohol. Whatever the addiction may be, knowing the first signs of them can be very helpful in planning treatment needed for it....

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What Can Therapy Do For You?

What Can Therapy Do For You?

Being able to kick your addiction is an important achievement. It is something to be proud of and although you are not entirely out of the woods yet, you can still say that you did it. After detoxing and rehab, the next big step is therapy or counseling. It is also...

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Developing Addiction at a Young Age

Developing Addiction at a Young Age

No parent would want to see their child become an addict, but it’s sad to say that there are parents out there who are dealing with this kind of problem. What makes young people addicted to drugs and alcohol? If you are looking for answers, then this article can help...

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Benefits of Physical Activity During Addiction Recovery

There’s no denying the fact that there are a wide variety of benefits when it comes to living an active life and engaging in physical activity. For decades now, people have started to realize just how important it is to live a healthy, active life, with research and...

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Long-Term Consequences of Substance Abuse

Long-Term Consequences of Substance Abuse

The consequences of using substances for the long-term can be pretty devastating. It not only puts stress on the user but it affects the people around them as well. Physical and psychological effects can easily turn a healthy person into a frail version of themselves...

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What is Spice?

What is Spice?

We can safely assume everyone reading this has heard of marijuana, especially considering the fact that the drug is becoming legalized across multiple states in the U.S. People are starting to legitimize this drug for recreational and even medical use. Though this...

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Correlation between Addiction and Homelessness

Correlation between Addiction and Homelessness

Addiction and Homelessness are two of the biggest problem in society. The connection between addiction and homelessness is multifaceted, but addiction is sometimes the cause of being homeless. For anyone abusing a substance, it is a well-known fact that through time...

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How Addiction Differs Between Gender

How Addiction Differs Between Gender

Gender contributes to how a person goes face to face with addiction. It is also a factor that the way men think is different from how a woman does. While addiction is a problem with both genders, the reason behind their addiction differs from each sex. In general, men...

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Ways to Deal With Cravings and Triggers

Ways to Deal With Cravings and Triggers

The most challenging part of recovery comes after treatment. You will be in touch with the society that once influenced you into a certain addiction. Your sobriety depends on how you’re able to handle your surroundings, trying your best to avoid triggers/cravings....

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4 Great Ted Talks on Addiction

4 Great Ted Talks on Addiction

Trust us when we say that addiction is not an easy thing to deal with, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely impossible to beat! There are people out there who have seen just how powerful addiction can be but are looking to start a dialogue about it. Addiction consumes...

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Importance of Routine in Recovery

Importance of Routine in Recovery

One of the hardest things that former addicts have to deal with is the constant craving and desire to go back to their old habits. Addiction is a disease that takes hold of a person for most of their lives, even if they have gone through recovery and been sober for...

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Individual Therapy vs. Group Therapy

Individual Therapy vs. Group Therapy

Therapy is a treatment that helps a person in need of physical, mental, and emotional care. For someone who is uncontrollably addicted to a substance, undergoing therapy will help them restore themselves into a transformed person, a person free of addiction. Sharing...

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How to Avoid Triggers During Sober October

How to Avoid Triggers During Sober October

Staying sober is perhaps one of the most challenging things that a recovering addict needs to do. Withdrawal from addiction is hard, but to live an everyday life sober is a lot harder than you think. So if you are trying to stay sober during sober October, this...

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PTSD and Addiction

PTSD and Addiction

Having PTSD is probably one of the most traumatic and emotionally crippling mental disorders any human’s mind can undergo. PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a condition that causes intense anxiety and intense nightmares which can interfere with a person’s...

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A Quick Guide To Understanding An Addicts’ Mind

For people struggling with addiction, it’s hard to see what is wrong with their behavior until it’s too late. For people looking from the outside, it’s hard for them to understand why an addict does not see that what they’re doing is wrong. Unfortunately, this is...

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Addiction to Video Games

Addiction to Video Games

In the 1970s, when the first video games entered the market, no one imagined that video games would move to computers, and become incredibly pervasive. From movies to cosplay to the scores to the dedicated creatives that bring dreams and nightmares to the brink of...

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a peculiar situation, where two mental health problems are diagnosed at the same time for a patient. Patients who have dual diagnosis always suffer from psychological problems (psychosis) and substance addiction, such as drugs or alcohol. Dual...

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Living a Fulfilling Life After Addiction

Living a Fulfilling Life After Addiction

Whether you’re going through the first initial stages of recovery or trying to decide on going through it, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to live a fulfilling life after you kick an addiction. We can’t blame you for wondering that, you’ve been dependent on...

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The Beauty of Music Therapy

The Beauty of Music Therapy

The healing power of music can never be overstated. Music has been used in a variety of healing practices. Studies have shown that athletes will exercise more effectively when listening to their favorite music. And mothers are always encouraged to play music for...

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Dangers Of Kratom

Dangers Of Kratom

Kratom is a plant that mostly germinates in Southeast Asia; it’s leaves have psychotropic and opioid-like pain-relieving effects. People who live in areas where kratom grows sometimes use it to treat pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and coughs. People living in the U.S. have...

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Medica Insurance & Addiction Rehab

Medica Insurance & Addiction Rehab

Addiction is a disease that is plaguing this world. Every year, people get addicted to substances and suffer fatal consequences because of their addictions. However, some people are able to realize the fault in their actions and seek help. For some, it’s not that...

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Why Lifetime Therapy is Essential

Why Lifetime Therapy is Essential

Lifetime therapy is simply a humanist and people-centered practice that is rooted in compassion, acceptance, and belief in the limitless power of the body to heal. Addiction Recovery If you’ve finally made it through detox, including your first 90 days of treatment,...

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Holistic Treatments at Scottsdale Recovery Center

Holistic Treatments at Scottsdale Recovery Center

Holistic medication is the type of medication that focuses mainly on treating the whole body and not just symptoms or diseases. It brings the mind, spirit, and body into alignment, and this results in general healing of the whole body. Other terms used for holistic...

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Meditation in Addiction Treatment

Meditation in Addiction Treatment

Addictions might appear utterly complex, but having a comprehensive treatment plan that includes rehabilitation programs can help to hasten the recovery process. Most rehabilitation programs often utilize meditation for treating addiction, accompanied by other...

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Nutritional Therapy for Recovery

Nutritional Therapy for Recovery

Struggling with drug or alcohol addiction? You’ve most likely neglected your health. Whether the substance caused you to put on a lot of weight or made you skinny, it’s unhealthy. Many therapies are there to consider when it comes to addiction recovery. Some addicts...

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Substance Abuse in the U.S.

Substance Abuse in the U.S.

All around the world, there are people that struggle with substance abuse. It has become such a rampant issue in this world, even more so in America. Annually, substance abuse costs this nation around $740 billion in costs due to crime, lost work productivity, and...

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Addiction in Women

Addiction in Women

Addiction in women is a globally discussed topic because it has more adverse side effects than addiction in men. The results are more pronounced when the woman is in her reproductive age, and this can cause harm to her unborn fetus.  Scientists who study substance...

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How Addiction Affects Those Around You

How Addiction Affects Those Around You

Drugs and alcohol addiction have obvious and well-documented effects on substance abusers. Prolonged abuse of drugs and alcohol will worsen a person’s physical health, damage his/her mental functioning, and impair their overall spirit. But how will these unfavorable...

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The Benefits of Adventure Therapy

The Benefits of Adventure Therapy

People face various problems all the time. As the problems differ, so do the solutions. However, there is a type of treatment that is unique among all other forms of treatment, this is known as adventure therapy. Adventure therapy is a unique kind of therapy and...

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Athletes vs. Addiction

Athletes vs. Addiction

Sports, we all watch at least one of them! Football, soccer, basketball, cycling, swimming, etc. all garner attention from across the globe. Sports are entertaining to watch because we can watch what an ordinary person can accomplish purely through physical strength....

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What Causes Addiction?

What Causes Addiction?

Addiction is a health condition that makes a person unable to stop the use of a substance or engagement in a particular behavior. The causes can vary by individual, but the desire is the body craving a behavior or substance, especially if it brings about an obsessive...

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Sara Combs, SRC’s Director of Nursing on KTKV-PHX

Sara Combs, SRC’s Director of Nursing on KTKV-PHX

Sarah: And people don’t tell their families and they don’t share it with their families so people are embarrassed to talk about it.  Achor #1: Well, Arizona tonight has some extra money from the FEDS to fight a problem that often stays hidden. We’re talking about...

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What is the Opioid Epidemic?

What is the Opioid Epidemic?

The death rates from the intake of opioids are increasing at alarming rates. Research has shown that about 140 deaths occur daily in the US related to drug overdose; of this approximate 140, about 91 are due to misuse of opioids. Excessive intake has caused more...

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12-Step Programs: Everything You Need to Know

12-Step Programs: Everything You Need to Know

History of the 12-Step Program The 12-Steps were originally created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous so as to establish guidelines for the best way to overcome alcohol addiction. The program gained enough success and popularity in its early years and the steps...

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Link Between Substance Abuse and HIV

Link Between Substance Abuse and HIV

Substance abuse is the poisonous use of psychoactive substances, which includes hard drugs and alcohol. The use of psychoactive substances can result in a dependence syndrome. This syndrome is a cluster of cognitive, psychological and behavioral phenomena that...

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The Problem With Marijuana Legalization

The Problem With Marijuana Legalization

Legislation has fought for years over the legalization of marijuana, but in the last decade, more groups have fought hard for the drug to be legalized. There has been a massive switch in public opinion on the drug, with over 60% of Americans supporting the...

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6 Benefits Sobriety Can Give You in Life

6 Benefits Sobriety Can Give You in Life

Many individuals think of sobriety with only consideration to its dictionary meaning, "the act of not drinking”. This dictionary definition, although enough for people who are not in recovery, is nowhere near enough to span the actual scope and depth of the word and...

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2019

International Overdose Awareness Day 2019

There’s no denying the fact that this country is facing an epidemic when it comes to substance abuse. In the last few decades, opioids have become a growing issue for people in the U.S. In 2017 alone, we lost 70,237 individuals to drug overdose. Almost ⅔ of these...

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The Dangers Of Alcohol Soaked Tampons

The Dangers Of Alcohol Soaked Tampons

As crazy as the trend sounds, reports have shown that teens are following the alleged trend of using alcohol-soaked tampons to get high. Although most of the stories are not confirmed and seem untrue, there are still some cases where alcohol is detected in the...

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Finding Purpose in Addiction: Testimonial

Finding Purpose in Addiction: Testimonial

Guest Blog by Nathaniel, an SRC Humanitarian Scholarship Recipient  Finding purpose in a world where nothing is inherently meaningful and the truth seems to have little value is difficult in the best of times. But finding purpose all alone while coping with trauma or...

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Deadly New Drug Trends in Addiction

Deadly New Drug Trends in Addiction

Drug addiction is something that can start with just an experimental use of a recreational drug in social situations, and then become a regular thing. For other people, especially with opioids, drug addiction begins with exposure to medications that are prescribed by...

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6 Celebrity Addicts Beating the Odds

6 Celebrity Addicts Beating the Odds

Actors, musicians, and artists alike provide entertainment for people around the world. Celebrities are people we tend to admire and look up to. Movie stars, TV stars, pop stars, comedians, etc. in the entertainment industry are examples of just how big someone can...

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The History Of Jenkem

The History Of Jenkem

Jenkem is a hallucinating drug that came into existence in the mid-1990s. It's one of the most bizarre hard drug creation methods and most people in their wildest imaginations would never have thought such a thing exists. However, it does exist, and we'll be...

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Treating Ketamine Addiction

Treating Ketamine Addiction

Ketamine is a rapid dissociative anesthetic. It's said to be the chemical cousin to PCP (Phencyclidine). This drug was developed in 1962 and used in surgery. People need to be careful with the use of the drug because it is a very addictive substance. It’s now...

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Leaving Rehab Early Can Be Your Biggest Mistake

Leaving Rehab Early Can Be Your Biggest Mistake

Rehabilitation is critical for the long-term recovery of an individual with drug addiction. Without proper rehabilitation, individuals addicted to drugs or alcohol have a very high risk of relapse. This is why leaving rehab early can, and most likely will be...

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Different Types of Addiction

Different Types of Addiction

When people think of addiction, their mind automatically goes to something like drugs or alcohol. Statistics show that over 21 million Americans suffer from at least one addiction. It’s becoming a greater issue with each year passing. However, what people don’t...

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Importance of Legal Care During Rehab

Importance of Legal Care During Rehab

Everyone knows that the road to sobriety is a difficult one. Without having lived through it, however, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the trouble that addiction can cause. Legal entanglements are part of most everyone’s experience with long-term addiction....

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Drug Concoctions Monkey Dust, Krokodil and Nyaope

Drug Concoctions Monkey Dust, Krokodil and Nyaope

The use of the internet all over the world has given way for recreational drugs to be used worldwide; it’s now an issue that many countries are facing. For many legislators, taking away these substances is rapidly moving to the point where it’s out of their control....

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Binge Drinking, Memory Loss & Alzheimer’s

Binge Drinking, Memory Loss & Alzheimer’s

When most people hear the term binge drinking, a visual of a young, carefree, 20-something year old likely comes to mind or a memory of your former self of days gone by. Though according to many recent studies, there is an uptick in binge drinking in older American...

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Getting Addiction Treatment for a Loved One

Getting Addiction Treatment for a Loved One

Does a loved one have a problem with alcohol or drug abuse? Where do you start? And how do you select an addiction treatment program? Thankfully, Scottsdale Recovery can guide you every step of the way. Here’s what you can do if you’ve decided to find addiction...

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The Cocaine Come Back

The Cocaine Come Back

Cocaine used to be known as the glamor drug, from Hollywood notables to the rich and self-entitled across the United States. This preferred powder was the go-to-giddy-up at parties and provided a quick hit of adrenaline before performances, even if it was just...

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Celebrity Soberversaries (Sober Anniversaries)

Celebrity Soberversaries (Sober Anniversaries)

The same way we celebrate accomplishments, we should celebrate sober anniversaries or soberversaries. Celebrating important milestones in life makes us feel recognized, accomplished, and appreciated, giving all the more reason to celebrate sober birthdays: not only do...

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Dangers of Borrowing Prescription Medications from Others

Dangers of Borrowing Prescription Medications from Others

When you are in pain and cannot get in to get the doctor for one reason or another, borrowing prescription medications from someone else may be tempting. It’s easy to simply ask someone for medication that would treat the symptoms that you have. It’s important to know...

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Krokodil, Russian Flesh-Eating Drug, Hits Australia

Krokodil, Russian Flesh-Eating Drug, Hits Australia

In recent reports, a young man turned himself into a rural drug and alcohol service in New South Wales, Australia seeking help for an infected arm. According to the patient, he had injected a drug known as Krokodil in his arm, causing it to swell and become infected....

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Natural Alternatives to Addictive Substances

Natural Alternatives to Addictive Substances

Life after recovery from drug addiction can be very difficult. Once you complete a drug treatment program, you have to go back into the real world and all of the stress that comes with it. It’s important to know that if you used to self-medicate with drugs, there will...

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How and Why Inhalants Are so Dangerous

How and Why Inhalants Are so Dangerous

Raising teenagers can be difficult at times. When they are abusing drugs, it can make the situation even more difficult. Unfortunately, drugs can sometimes be easier for teens to get their hands on than alcohol. Inhalants have quickly become one of the most abused...

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Why 12-Step Programs Are So Beneficial

Why 12-Step Programs Are So Beneficial

Relapses are common when people are in recovery because they make the mistake of trying to battle their addiction on their own. It’s important to know that there is help available to make the recovery process easier for you. 12-step programs have been shown to be very...

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Common Myths About Addiction Recovery Debunked

Common Myths About Addiction Recovery Debunked

Addiction recovery can often be a very difficult subject to discuss. There is a stigma attached to addiction. It makes it difficult for people to get the help they need when they need it. It’s important in that much of the stigma that surrounds addiction is based on...

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Wasp Spray Used as Methamphetamine Alternative

Wasp Spray Used as Methamphetamine Alternative

Some news agencies are reporting wasp hotshots as a new addition to the illegal drug market. Wasp and hornet killers have been in existence for years, but the chemical is just beginning to emerge as a new — and a highly dangerous — way to get high. Some people have...

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Eight Positive Changes that Come from Giving up Alcohol

Eight Positive Changes that Come from Giving up Alcohol

Many people make the mistake of assuming that the only reason they need to quit drinking alcohol is if they start to develop health problems. That is not the case at all. Giving up alcohol can bet your life in many different ways, especially if you are an alcoholic....

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Keep Your Anonymity When Seeking Drug Addiction Treatment

Keep Your Anonymity When Seeking Drug Addiction Treatment

Admitting that you have an addiction to drugs can be difficult and embarrassing. There are many people who are struggling with a drug addiction who want to get help them but don’t want anyone to know about their addiction. They are fearful that they will be judged,...

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How Drug Addiction Can Affect Your Sex Life

How Drug Addiction Can Affect Your Sex Life

Drug use is often seen as a fun and exciting experience. People don’t realize that there are long-term repercussions that can come with drug use when it comes to their sex life. Many drug users are only worried about the euphoria they experience when they have sex...

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Understanding the Repercussions that Come with a Relapse

Understanding the Repercussions that Come with a Relapse

Staying sober when you are in recovery is never easy. Nearly 40% of all people who try to get clean do relapse at least one time during their journey to sobriety. It’s important to know that relapsing can cost you a lot though. The following guide walks you through a...

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Setting Boundaries During Addiction Recovery

Setting Boundaries During Addiction Recovery

When you are in recovery, it’s important to take the time to focus on yourself. There are many people who make the mistake of focusing on rebuilding relationships more than focusing on their recovery. The following guide walks you through boundaries you need to set to...

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How an Eating Disorder and Drug Addiction Go Hand and Hand

How an Eating Disorder and Drug Addiction Go Hand and Hand

An eating disorder is often something that people keep hidden from the world. The people are ashamed that they are doing what they are doing to their bodies and of what their bodies look like at the same time. Unfortunately, people who suffer from an eating disorder...

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Tips for Protecting Your Teen from Drug Abuse

Tips for Protecting Your Teen from Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is on the rise for many teenagers in the United States because the drugs are so readily available to them. Many parents want to protect their teens from drug addiction, but don’t know what steps to take to protect them. Fortunately, there are things that...

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Addiction Treatment In Network with BCBS

Addiction Treatment In Network with BCBS

Scottsdale Recovery Center is now in network with BCBS (Blue Cross Blue Shield). Most private substance abuse treatment facilities have faced many challenges in building partnerships with insurance companies.   However, we are now glad to inform you that our...

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Addiction: Is it a Disease or a Decision?

Addiction: Is it a Disease or a Decision?

The debate about if addiction is a disease someone battles or a decision that someone makes has been going on for generations. People who have never had an issue with addiction often assume that the person is simply choosing to use drugs. People who are in active...

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Understand How Your Addiction Affects the Ones You Love

Understand How Your Addiction Affects the Ones You Love

Addiction affects not only the person using but also those closest to them. Many people in active addiction assume that they aren’t doing anything that hurts anyone but themselves.  Unfortunately, that isn't always the case though. The following guide walks you...

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Relapses Can be Hard to Comprehend for Some

Relapses Can be Hard to Comprehend for Some

Relapses are common with more than 40% of addicted individuals who are in recovery. This can occur for many different reasons, including injury, the death of a loved one, loss of a job or even depression. When someone relapses, it’s often difficult for others to...

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Long-Term Side Effects of a Drug Addiction

Long-Term Side Effects of a Drug Addiction

Many people in active drug addiction only worry about the immediate high that they get when they use. They often don’t think about the long-term effects of their drug use. Unfortunately, using drugs can have negative effects on your body for years to come. The...

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Addiction is Something You Should Discuss with Your Doctor

Addiction is Something You Should Discuss with Your Doctor

Addiction isn't something easy to talk about with friends and family. Many people are afraid of being judged about drug use, nervous about someone turning them in for using. They often worry the person may try to force them to stop using cold turkey. Stopping drug use...

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Wearing an Ankle Monitor May be Great for You

Wearing an Ankle Monitor May be Great for You

When you have an addiction to alcohol, it may seem impossible to stop drinking because it is so readily available, and so socially acceptable. When someone wants to quit drinking, going to rehab can be a great option to consider, however, it can be difficult to do if...

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Understanding Addiction to Legal Substances

Understanding Addiction to Legal Substances

There are many people who assume that drug addicts are the only people who make bad decisions in life and do illegal activities. This isn’t the case. There are many people who become addicted to drugs accidentally. Some people are addicted to drugs that are perfectly...

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Supporting Kids Whose Parents Are Addicted

Supporting Kids Whose Parents Are Addicted

Having a parent who is addicted to drugs can be very difficult for children. Many don’t know that their parents are using drugs and simply remember the adverse effects the drugs had on their lives. Parents tend to be less active in their kids' lives when they are...

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Is Detoxing at Home Really Safe?

Is Detoxing at Home Really Safe?

Realizing that you have an addiction problem is the first step to being able to recover from it. There are many addicts who assume that they can recover from their addiction on their own if they have enough tenacity and drive. This isn’t always the case, though....

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