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.

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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Animal Assistance in Addiction Recovery

Animal Assistance in Addiction Recovery

Addiction treatment is a long battle and requires an unending zeal and a will to live a healthy and sober life. The treatment process for alcohol and drug addiction usually starts with medications and is solely focused on identifying and treating the source of...

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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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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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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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Opioids Deaths for New Moms in Utah

Opioids Deaths for New Moms in Utah

In shocking news coming out of Utah this past month, new and expecting mothers have been found to be some of the most vulnerable to opioid misuse and death from overdoses. Utah has been struggling with a massive and deadly opioid crisis, that has steadily gotten worse...

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Common Triggers that Cause Addiction Relapse

Common Triggers that Cause Addiction Relapse

When you find recovery from drug addiction, it can be difficult to stay the course once you get back into the real world. When you are in a treatment facility, you are kept in a bubble, secluded from the stress and anxiety that comes with daily life. It’s important to...

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Mental Health Problems Commonly Masked by Drug Addiction

Mental Health Problems Commonly Masked by Drug Addiction

Many people have mental health issues and don’t even know it because they haven’t been professionally diagnosed with them. This often leads to them attempting to self-medicate to try to treat the symptoms on their own. Unfortunately, self-medication often leads to...

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Overcome the Stigma that Comes with Drug Addiction Recovery

Overcome the Stigma that Comes with Drug Addiction Recovery

Society has created a stigma when it comes to drug addicts. Many people assume that someone became addicted to drugs because they were weak or because they have something mentally wrong with them. As an addict, you know that this isn’t always the case. Many addicts...

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Avoiding a Drug Addiction After an Injury

Avoiding a Drug Addiction After an Injury

Being in an accident or having major surgery done can leave you in a lot of pain. There are many people who end up becoming addicted to prescription pain medications after an injury because they don’t take them as prescribed. It’s important to take the necessary steps...

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How to Love Yourself After a Drug Addiction

How to Love Yourself After a Drug Addiction

When you are in active addiction, you often feel on top of the world. Drugs cause a warped sense of reality. Many addicts don’t view the world the same way that they would if they were sober. Once you finish addiction recovery, there is a good chance that you could...

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Prepping Teens for a Sober College Experience

Prepping Teens for a Sober College Experience

Sending your teen off to college can be an exciting and scary time in a parent's life. You are more than likely looking forward to the hustle and bustle of life slowing down when they leave, but will more than likely feel sad and nervous when they are gone. There is...

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Postpartum Causing Relapse After Giving Birth

Postpartum Causing Relapse After Giving Birth

Having a baby is a wonderful time in a woman’s life typically. It is filled with joy, excitement, and anticipation. Unfortunately, most first-time moms don’t realize how difficult and stressful this time can be. Giving birth and recovering from the stress that your...

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Prepare for Rehab so You Can Focus on Recovery

Prepare for Rehab so You Can Focus on Recovery

Realizing that you are ready to get help to overcome drug addiction is often the first step to recovery. Many people have a hard time determining that they actually have a problem and wait to get help until they hit rock bottom. In-patient treatment is often the best...

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Rebuilding Your Marriage after Drug Addiction

Rebuilding Your Marriage after Drug Addiction

When people get married, they are often filled with joy, hope, and excitement for what the future holds. Many wedding vows contain some variation of the phrase “for better or for worse” but many couples don’t realize how much worse their marriage can get if drugs get...

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How to Stay Drug-Free After Prison

How to Stay Drug-Free After Prison

Being released from prison can be exciting and scary at the same time. There are many times when someone has spent so much time behind bars, they have forgotten what it’s like to live in a society without the restrictions that come with being incarcerated. If you have...

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Retired Athletes and Substance Abuse

Retired Athletes and Substance Abuse

Retired athletes are especially susceptible to substance abuse. If you’re a current or former athlete, you know how much the love of the game can consume your life. This increases tenfold for serious and professional athletes who train almost daily. It can become...

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Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Elderly

Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Elderly

Unfortunately, the elderly are one of the most neglected population. Aging can be tough on not only the person who is getting older, but their families as well. Older people can suffer from not only declining physical health, but poor mental health as well as the...

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How to Date After Drug Addiction Recovery

How to Date After Drug Addiction Recovery

Dating can be scary and overwhelming no matter who you are. There is a lot of pressure that comes with dating and it can be difficult to handle the pressure gracefully, especially if you are new to recovery. If you plan on dating after overcoming addiction, you need...

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Celebrity Rehab Therapy

Celebrity Rehab Therapy

It seems these days like there’s a different celebrity announcing that they are going to rehab. Or, if they’re anything like Amy Winehouse, perhaps writing a song about how they aren’t going to rehab (no, no, no!). While it may seem to be all fun and games to joke...

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How Mental Health Effects Addiction Recovery

How Mental Health Effects Addiction Recovery

Many people assume that getting clean from drugs is easy because the addicts simply need to make a decision to stop using drugs. That isn’t always the case, though. Addiction to drugs is both mental and physical. It can be difficult to overcome the physical side of...

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How to Move on After a Relapse

How to Move on After a Relapse

Getting clean and sober after years of drug addiction can seem like the highlight of someone’s life. The downfall to recovery is that there are some people who start to feel as though they are invincible to the drugs and assume that there is no way they will ever...

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Toxic Encouragement Can Push Teens to Drug Use

Toxic Encouragement Can Push Teens to Drug Use

Being supportive of your child is important. It helps them to build confidence in themselves so that they can have the best future possible. Unfortunately, too much encouragement or encouragement after doing the wrong things can turn toxic and bread a situation for...

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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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Addiction Treatment Can Improve Your Life

Addiction Treatment Can Improve Your Life

There are long term negative effects that come with drug use that many people don’t realize until it’s already too late and they have become addicted. It’s important for everyone to know that there can be life after addiction treatment. A great way to help an addict...

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Overcoming Addiction in Prison

Overcoming Addiction in Prison

Getting incarcerated can seem devastating for some, but it’s important to realize that I can be an opportunity at a new lease on life. In prison, drug addicts are able to get the opportunity to get clean from their addiction in a constructive way. The following guide...

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Steps for Judge Orders You into Addiction Treatment

Steps for Judge Orders You into Addiction Treatment

When you get arrested for a drug charge, it can be very scary. The penalty for being arrested for drug charges can be very serious and have lifelong ramifications. There are many people who are given the ultimatum to go into drug rehabilitation treatment or go to...

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How Addiction Affects the People in an Addict’s Life

How Addiction Affects the People in an Addict’s Life

Many people don’t realize how much their drug addiction affects others until the damage is already done. If you are suffering from drug addiction, it’s important to look outside of yourself and see what harm you may be causing in the people’s lives who surround you...

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Pregnant Women Looking to Detox

Pregnant Women Looking to Detox

Finding out that you are pregnant unexpectedly can be scary and exciting at the same time. If you’re addicted to drugs and need to detox, this could create a very difficult situation for you. You more than likely want to do anything that you can to keep your little...

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Foods to Eat to Make Detoxing More Manageable

Foods to Eat to Make Detoxing More Manageable

Detoxing from drug addiction can be very hard to do. There are withdrawal symptoms that are so debilitating that they cause many people to end up relapsing if they don’t see professional help to get through a difficult time. Treatment can be a great option for those...

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Managing Your Daily Life During Outpatient Treatment

Managing Your Daily Life During Outpatient Treatment

Many people make the mistake of assuming that they have to enroll in an inpatient recovery program in order to get clean from drug addiction. This isn’t always the case. For many people, an outpatient treatment program is the best option for them because they are able...

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Drugs of Choice for Teens

Drugs of Choice for Teens

Teens and their addictions and experimentation with drugs is nothing new: teens have been experimenting behind their parents’ backs for at least hundreds of years. Given the rebellious nature of many teens, the rise of addiction in adolescents was inevitable. Nothing...

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Marijuana Use and Teens

Marijuana Use and Teens

While nobody can say, ‘Oh, teens LOVE marijuana,’ the evidence suggests that teens will consume most any drug to which they can gain access. Alcoholic teens will reach for their (possibly alcoholic) parents’ stash. Some teens will be given marijuana joints in a social...

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Why You Should Fear Carfentanil

Why You Should Fear Carfentanil

Carfentanil is a terrifying substance that can occasionally be found in hospital clinics as well as on the streets. Deadly powerful with an ever-widening availability, carfentanil has the power to take the already-lethal Opioid Crisis to a disaster-level epidemic of...

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How Underdogs Beat the Odds of Addiction

How Underdogs Beat the Odds of Addiction

This is a loaded statement: How underdogs beat the odds of addiction. Firstly, it presents a few assumptions. That there are two kinds of addicted people, the underdog and the favored. That underdogs might not beat addiction. That there are odds to beat in addiction....

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What To Do When Your Spouse Has an Addiction

What To Do When Your Spouse Has an Addiction

When you suspect that your spouse has an addiction problem, it’s sometimes difficult to come to grips with the concept that it is happening to someone who you’ve been married to and trust. Many spouses mistake signs of addiction for stress, exhaustion, or burnout....

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Busting Myths: Rehab Isn’t Just for the Wealthy

Busting Myths: Rehab Isn’t Just for the Wealthy

If you were to randomly pick a corporation, a local high school or neighborhood in America and use as a cross-section of the population, a good portion of those in the group could claim a tie-in with addiction. Whether a person has active drug or alcohol addiction, is...

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Mental Health, Police, and Drugs

Mental Health, Police, and Drugs

First responders deal with personal trauma as part of their careers. Many police officers have seen things in their jobs that defy description. There is no way for a person to experience crime scenes and dangerous situations for years at a time without taking some of...

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From the Frontlines of the War on Addiction

From the Frontlines of the War on Addiction

There’s a new ally in the War on Drugs, one that could be the change that we all want to see in the world: a tiny inhaler in the pockets of police officers. What’s in the tiny inhaler is Narcan, a branded form of Naloxone, a narcotic that’s been proven effective...

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Drug Courts: What to Know

Drug Courts: What to Know

The Opioid Epidemic isn’t the first drug epidemic that has harmed leagues of people in the United States. The first was perpetuated against the native nations on the continent. For years on end, Indigenous people and their leaders were regularly plied with alcohol...

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How Does the Government Curtail Drug Addiction Today?

How Does the Government Curtail Drug Addiction Today?

Clearly, drug addiction is an issue that can deeply affect an entire country. As we speak, the Opioid Crisis is ripping through the United States, but the United States is far from the only country that’s been hit. Russia and much of Europe, Brazil, and Canada are...

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The Power of Journaling During Recovery

The Power of Journaling During Recovery

Addiction is a very individual disease and different people have different methods of coping. Some people choose to relieve stress and emotion through art, others prefer therapy, and some take advantage of a very powerful tool known as journaling. Journaling differs...

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Biggest Drug Epidemics

Biggest Drug Epidemics

The concept of addiction on a wide scale is nothing new, and will continue to happen for some time. Almost every time period in history has one or several drug epidemics. Over time, while healing has grown and improved, so have methods of finding and making medicine....

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Evolution of Alcoholism and Treatment

Evolution of Alcoholism and Treatment

Alcoholism has long been seen as a vice in most religions, and sometimes, a deadly one. While the first creators of our contemporary alcohol could never have imagined that alcohol would become so popular, it’s our responsibility to mitigate the effects. No one needs...

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New Addiction Treatments: Opioids and Alcohol

New Addiction Treatments: Opioids and Alcohol

We’re in an age of social media that inspires social movements, an internet that’s opened an incredible world, and advancements in technology happen every single day. With all of these advancements and all of this activity, there are real and measurable effects for...

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The Relationship Between Drugs and Crime

The Relationship Between Drugs and Crime

Drugs and crime typically go hand in hand. The face of addiction often looks like a poor non-white person living in an urban area. As more people become informed, the face of drug addiction has changed: the face of the opioid crisis is now rural and white, which...

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Drug Abuse in the Sex Work Industry

Drug Abuse in the Sex Work Industry

The reason that a person becomes involved in the sex work industry can vary greatly. Some were kidnapped and forced into prostitution, some ran away and needed the money for food, and others made the conscious decision to enter the industry as a professional dancer....

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Drugs and Public Perception

Drugs and Public Perception

There is no shortage of stigma still associated with people living with addiction to drugs and alcohol. From the assumption that their addiction is a choice to the assumption that every, or nearly every, homeless person is addicted to drugs, the stigma surrounding...

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A Short List of Barriers to Treatment Success

A Short List of Barriers to Treatment Success

So many things can prevent a person from seeking help, or from finishing a rehabilitation program. Admitting that there is a problem is often the most difficult part of the process, and this can take a person years to face. There is an option for families and loved...

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As You Commit to Yourself

As You Commit to Yourself

Even in cases of severe addiction, it is never recommended that you simply enter the first treatment program that you find. Choosing the right treatment program may be the most important step that you take in your journey to lifelong sobriety. Without making sure that...

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Arizona

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Arizona

With gorgeous red rock, striking panoramic mountain vistas, stunning sunsets, and nearly three-hundred and sixty five days of sunshine, Arizona makes a name for itself as one of the most picturesque states in the country. Unfortunately, like many other places in the...

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The Faces of Addiction

The Faces of Addiction

As a society, we are often in denial about the fact that addiction can affect anyone at any point in their life, regardless of things like race, age, gender, socioeconomic status, education, etc. There are plenty of stereotypes to go around about what an addict looks...

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Methamphetamine Abuse – Meth Mouth and Other Side Effects

Methamphetamine Abuse – Meth Mouth and Other Side Effects

Meth is one of the most addictive drugs available today. It often comes in a crystallized form with a bluish tint, similar in appearance to stained glass. Meth is also available as tiny white rocks and colorless crystals. On the street, meth goes by many different...

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Drug Side-Effects: The Comedown, Crash, and Rebound

Regardless of gender, age, or demographic, the use and abuse of drugs has become a universal problem. While many people start taking illicit drugs for recreational purposes, what they fail to realize is that this casual form of use can often be a stepping-stone toward...

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Why Enabling Does More Harm Than Good

Why Enabling Does More Harm Than Good

Battling a drug addiction is never easy to do, but when friends and family accept the addiction, it can make beating the addiction even more difficult. Roughly 22 million people suffered from an addiction to drugs and alcohol in 2005 in America and the numbers have...

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Keep Your Job While in Treatment – Use FMLA

Keep Your Job While in Treatment – Use FMLA

There are many people in active addiction who are able to hold down a good job, even though they are addicted to drugs. There often reaches a point when addicts realize that they can’t keep juggling their responsibilities and their addiction. When this happens, many...

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Wine – Habit or Addiction?

Wine – Habit or Addiction?

Wine is the drink of the century. Drinking wine in today’s society is almost considered a personality trait: people own funny custom glasses, sport wine apparel, and constantly joke about turning to a bottle to fix all their troubles. Wine, in a more traditional...

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Protecting Employees from Addiction, Part II

Protecting Employees from Addiction, Part II

Don't miss Part 1 of Protecting Employees from Addiction. Protecting employees is essential to the life and success of a business. While there is no cure for addiction, or guaranteed treatment that will work for everyone, prevention is an effort that is worth a...

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Protecting Employees from Addiction, Part I

Protecting Employees from Addiction, Part I

Millions of people all over the United States abuse drugs and alcohol, and thousands upon thousands don’t make it through the end of the year, with overdoses being the most common drug-related death. With an estimated 15 million people abusing drugs everyday, its...

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Recovering Addict Warns of Deadly, Fentanyl-laced Drug

Recovering Addict Warns of Deadly, Fentanyl-laced Drug

Former addict, currently in recovery, sat down in a deep and personal interview with AZ Family. We've written blogs and pieces discussing the dangers of fentanyl, and his testimony of the truly horrifying dangers only emphasizes what we at Scottsdale Recovery Center...

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The Importance of Dual Diagnosis

The Importance of Dual Diagnosis

Addiction is a difficult, deeply complicated illness with layers of sensitivity. Addiction manifests differently in every person, but knowing the warning signs of addiction can help you to recognize when a loved one could be living with addiction. This means that you...

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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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Hole Digging

Hole Digging

When I first got sober, almost twelve years ago, I was told at AA that I had to find a sponsor. This was not negotiable. I was in a tender state of mind. Barely able to speak at AA meetings - let alone stop crying long enough to do so. I felt overwhelmed and...

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Relapse Rates and the Importance of Rehab

Relapse Rates and the Importance of Rehab

There is no way around the simple truth that, nationally, most people who enter rehab will not remain sober, assuming that they’re able to complete their treatment programs. While this may be seen as a deterrent to some people living with addiction, there are still...

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How Binge Drinking Changed the Drinking Game

How Binge Drinking Changed the Drinking Game

Going for a drink after work is a cultural norm in workspaces all over the world, and one of the many things to which anyone from any country can relate. With alcohol, of course, there is the potential for abuse, as alcohol is the most-abused drug in the world, and...

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Drug Legalization: An International Fight

Drug Legalization: An International Fight

Nobody missed when one of the most liberal states in the union, the State of California, legalized recreational marijuana. This move came after recreational marijuana was already legal in Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. All over the state, and...

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Switzerland’s Experiment with Addiction Treatment

Switzerland’s Experiment with Addiction Treatment

Since a number of existing treatment models offer a dismal success rate, specialists around the world are always working on new and refined ways of treating addiction. Enhancing and broadening the parameters of successful addiction treatments have brought forth new...

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Ten Reasons Why Interventions Fail

Ten Reasons Why Interventions Fail

Addiction recovery is nothing short of a journey and it typically serves everyone differently. When someone you love is struggling with addiction, you’re probably trying to figure out what your first move is. It is often hard to start the conversation, so a usual...

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The Real Criminals of the Opioid Epidemic

The Real Criminals of the Opioid Epidemic

If the Sackler family isn’t on your radar, they might be soon: in a major and very different approach to fighting the War on Drugs, the Massachusetts Attorney General has implicated the Sacklers as a responsible party in the American Opioid Epidemic. How is this...

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Drugs and the Workplace

Drugs and the Workplace

Nearly 70% of people living with addiction to drugs and alcohol are employed at least part-time. This may come as a shock to many people: given the assumed condition of most people living with addiction, it seems highly unlikely that someone would be able to maintain...

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Top Four Benefits of Guided Meditation in Recovery

Top Four Benefits of Guided Meditation in Recovery

In the present age, drug rehabilitation and the sobriety process are no longer confined to the conventional techniques of medication and traditional therapies. There are many new approaches that are getting integrated into the process, making it more effective and...

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The Benefits of Sober Living Homes

The Benefits of Sober Living Homes

Addiction is a battle that a victim cannot win alone; they need a supportive team to recover from it. Rehabilitation centers offer excellent treatments for alcohol and/or substance abuse recovery, but the post-recovery stage is a critical aspect of the patient’s life....

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How Essential Oils Help Manage Withdrawal Symptoms

How Essential Oils Help Manage Withdrawal Symptoms

When a person is addicted to alcohol or drugs, it’s not easy to give up on addiction. The cravings and withdrawals that happen when on a sober journey make it difficult to stay away from drugs you’re addicted to. These symptoms are enough to discourage an addict, or...

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Alcohol Blackouts: The Long-Term Impacts

Alcohol Blackouts: The Long-Term Impacts

When it comes to alcohol consumption, binge drinking to the point of blacking out has unfortunately become very common among both adults and teenagers. While many people describe a blackout as simply one ‘drinking too much’, what they fail to realize is that it can...

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Signs of a Relapse

Signs of a Relapse

For people struggling with addiction, staying clean can be an everyday struggle and the potential for a relapse is always there. Anything can be a trigger, leading them back to the old, dangerous way of life that involved alcohol and substance abuse. Relapse is more...

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PHP and IOP Treatments: A Brief Comparison

PHP and IOP Treatments: A Brief Comparison

In 2014, around 21.5 million people in the US struggled with addiction, and the number of alcohol and drug addicts has only increased since. If a person is addicted to alcohol or drugs, it doesn’t mean they lack morals or willpower. Addiction is a complex disease that...

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Unexpected Users

Unexpected Users

The people most likely to use drugs can be surprising and unexpected to some, but there are groups of people who are vulnerable to addiction to drugs and alcohol, and some of them are not who you would think. Stress affects any and everyone, and addiction doesn’t...

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Common Excuses to Avoid Rehab

Common Excuses to Avoid Rehab

With all of the reasons that anyone can create to avoid going to the doctor, it’s not hard to imagine that some of the same avoiding and skirting can apply to rehab. The rumors that circulate through communities of drug users that ridicule and make an enemy out of...

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Hemp for Addiction

Hemp for Addiction

Many are turning to hemp for addiction recovery. Once considered to be a dangerous drug, it is now being used to help individuals kick the habit. Hemp is beginning to show promising results in helping reduce someone’s substance abuse dependence. What is Hemp? Hemp is...

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Substance Abuse and Politicians: US, Mexico, and Canada

Substance Abuse and Politicians: US, Mexico, and Canada

Politicians and celebrities have in common that, often, life in the spotlight overwhelms them and takes them into the dark of substance abuse. This can present an enormous ethical problem - free use of drugs by politicians leads to shame and public disgrace, though...

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The Influence of Drug Cartels

The Influence of Drug Cartels

Mexico’s drug cartels are a force to be reckoned, and the Mexican federal government has struggled against them for years. A society in and of themselves, it is estimated that close to a half-million people are working directly for drug cartels, with over three...

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Who is Vulnerable to Drug Abuse?

Who is Vulnerable to Drug Abuse?

Addiction doesn’t discriminate - people from all walks of life, assuming they’re not living in an isolated indigenous nation, can fall victim to drug and alcohol addiction. Though this will always ring true, there are certain groups of people who are much more...

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ERs Now Offering Anti-Addiction Medication

ERs Now Offering Anti-Addiction Medication

Every day, more than 200 people in the United States die due to a drug overdose. The statistics are truly alarming and the country is faced with a fully fledged overdose epidemic. It is a serious national crisis that not only directly affects a large population of the...

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Drug Abuse in Hollywood

Drug Abuse in Hollywood

Though people dream of a career in the middle of the fame and glamour of Hollywood, there is a dark side to the glitter and gold. Drug addiction has affected many of the Hollywood greats, past and present. While some people working as professionals in the spotlight...

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How Rural Areas Became Drug Hubs

How Rural Areas Became Drug Hubs

The rural United States has suffered a variety of drug epidemics, and the Opioid Crisis is just the most recent. One of the earliest drug epidemics was smoking tobacco - tobacco is one of the original cash crops, and it has been enjoyed throughout the world since it...

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The Environmental Impact of Addiction

The Environmental Impact of Addiction

Humans (and human bodies) are far from the only beings that feel the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. What you don’t know about drugs and alcohol can hurt you, and the environment. From the smoke to the raw materials for the chemicals themselves, drugs and alcohol...

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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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Native American Drug Addiction Treatment

Native American Drug Addiction Treatment

With six recognized racial categories, there are several others residing in the US that have various health and rehabilitation needs. White American, African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander are the six...

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Rehab Staff, and How They Help You

Rehab Staff, and How They Help You

Not everyone knows how very deep and thorough a good rehab program must be to provide an addicted person a chance to ensure their survival, and their success. There is, of course, no overnight cure, or even overnight treatment for addiction to drugs and alcohol....

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How Pets are Affected by Addiction

How Pets are Affected by Addiction

Losing a pet is never easy. Some people grieve for years, and some need counseling to get them through this difficult time. Try now to image what would happen if your pet lost you. This is one of the many reasons to steer clear of illicit drugs: you never know who...

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Destination Rehab: Arizona

Destination Rehab: Arizona

We are in an age of glamor - social media has opened up a beautiful new world of possibilities, and daily life can be documented in a series of selfies and photo-ops. Destination vacations are en vogue in a way that they’ve never been before, but there have been some...

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Stress Management Tips for Recovering Addicts

Stress Management Tips for Recovering Addicts

Due to our fast-paced lives, most of us hardly ever get time to relax and take a moment for ourselves. Did you know that the stress of your daily routine can build up and take a toll on your health? According to the World Health Organization, stress is a major problem...

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Are You in the Pink Cloud?

Are You in the Pink Cloud?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, the pink cloud refers to a phenomenon commonly experienced by people in the early stages of recovery. The term describes a euphoric feeling on the journey to recovery, when the person experiences a high not caused by the drug they...

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Specialized Rehabilitation

Specialized Rehabilitation

Think of all of the illegal drugs that you can. Which ones come to mind? What’s funny is that most of the drugs that come to mind have probably been around for a long time, and have been used medicinally for most of that time. It’s no secret that using any illegal...

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Drug Addiction in the Trans Community

Drug Addiction in the Trans Community

Remember always that stress is one of the most commonly-cited reasons for drug abuse. Living as a transperson in an uncertain political climate almost always takes a toll - even though there exists a handful of positive transpeople who are public figures, for the most...

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First Nations People and Drug Addiction

First Nations People and Drug Addiction

Indigenous people in the United States were the first to grow, cultivate, and utilize tobacco. When these Indigenous nations first started using tobacco, tobacco had limited and sacred duties. When European colonizers arrived, though, the use for, amount of, and...

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What’s Worse?

What’s Worse?

Drug addiction, though often found in those who have a family history of addiction, can affect anyone. Steering clear of drugs and alcohol is the best way to ensure that you won’t become addicted, but everyone has their guilty pleasures, and for some, drugs are a...

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The Worst of the Addictive Drugs

The Worst of the Addictive Drugs

What makes a drug ‘worse’ than others? There’s no one way to say. The toll that addiction to drugs and alcohol can take not just on a person, but also on an entire community, is devastating. Drug addiction makes a nest for drug dealers, who often come with gangs....

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Great Tips for Staying Sober

Great Tips for Staying Sober

For many people, staying sober is harder than beating drug and alcohol addiction in the first place. Enjoying your sobriety is essential to staying sober. The great news is that anyone can choose to enjoy their sobriety, and make it a safe, fun experience. When you...

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Illicit Drugs and Their Damage on Lungs

Illicit Drugs and Their Damage on Lungs

Drug abuse is referred to as the non-medical use of drugs that may compel the person to develop physical or psychological dependence. People who are inclined towards drugs abusing often think that the only trouble they are going to get into is being caught by the law...

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Weather and Drug Consumption: How Are They Related?

Weather and Drug Consumption: How Are They Related?

When there are dark clouds looming or it’s been raining for days, you may feel lazy and lethargic. On the other hand, you might feel motivated and focused on bright, sunny days. You can’t deny the impact of weather on your mood and overall health. However, it’s a...

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Binge Drinking: Police Officers

Binge Drinking: Police Officers

While it may sound cliché, alcoholism is a disease that does not discriminate. Anyone can fall victim to the effects of excessive drinking. Even the societal role models, the saviors, and the protectors of the law enforcement system can sometimes fail to protect...

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The War on Addiction vs The War on Drugs

The War on Addiction vs The War on Drugs

There is nothing new about a war on drugs, or a national effort to curtail drug use in the United States. As early as 1784, ‘chronic drunkenness,’ what we call ‘alcoholism’ today, was labeled a disease. One of the first people to diagnose the disease was Dr. Benjamin...

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Rehab and Sober Support in the Digital Age

Rehab and Sober Support in the Digital Age

Rehab is tough, but if you’ve finished, then you’re stronger than your addictions. While staying sober is a lifelong battle, we are all fortunate to be in an age where everyone has a community, and a support system. How is this possible? The internet, of course!...

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Best Reasons to Consider Rehab

Best Reasons to Consider Rehab

If you didn’t know before, you should know it now: you are valuable. Certainly, any and everyone is valuable for several reasons, but it is extremely important to remember that you are someone who has endured difficulty. It doesn’t make you weak or irresponsible that...

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Beware of Online Drug and Alcohol Assessments

Beware of Online Drug and Alcohol Assessments

Addiction is a complex disease. You may get into substance abuse due to peer pressure or in an attempt to escape the harsh realities of life. Not only does this ruin your lifestyle, but your health also deteriorates due to alcohol and/or drug abuse. It’s not easy to...

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Who Does Addiction Hurt?

Who Does Addiction Hurt?

Drug addiction takes a toll. It can hurt every single person around you when you’re using, even if you feel that your use is controlled. What can keep a person in the dark about their own addiction is denial - whether they insist that they only use drugs in social...

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Dangerous Drugs by Country

Dangerous Drugs by Country

Instagram has done wonders: the world has become a little smaller, and a little more magical. These days, it’s not hard to find beautiful pictures that glorify a life that centers around traveling, learning, and looking stylish while doing it. Traveling abroad has the...

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A Guide to Opioids

A Guide to Opioids

At the end of the 1970s, President Nixon established the Drug Enforcement Administration, initiating what we call The War on Drugs. This war, though, has cost far more than expected, lasted for longer than Nixon himself could have imagined, and ultimately done more...

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Random Drug Testing in Sports: Why It’s Important

Random Drug Testing in Sports: Why It’s Important

Drug consumption by amateur and professional athletes is a major issue. In 2016, more than 1.81% of athletes tested by the world anti-doping agency had overdosed on drugs. In order to effectively control this growing problem, drug tests have become common in every...

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How Much Do We Spend on Drugs?

How Much Do We Spend on Drugs?

The question of how much money people in the United States spend on drugs has two answers: a simple one, and one that’s more complex. The simple answer is, ‘more than anyone else in the world’: looking at both prescription and illicit drugs, the number of dollars...

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Drugs and the Party Scene

Drugs and the Party Scene

What’s a party drug? The better question is: what’s not a party drug? Generally, drugs that are consumed intravenously don’t make huge waves on the party scene: this makes sense if you consider the monstrous inconvenience of preparing yourself and the drug for use in...

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Drug Use by Race and Gender

Drug Use by Race and Gender

When someone says, ‘drug addict,’ who comes to mind? Someone you know? Someone you saw passing by? Or a statistic? Anyone can become addicted to drugs, and drugs don’t discriminate against any person. People, however, can discriminate against people, and limit access...

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The Meth Epidemic

The Meth Epidemic

Virtually no one missed ‘X-Files’ creator Vince Gilligan’s runaway hit, ‘Breaking Bad.’ A story of a man at the crossroads of seemingly impossible decision after impossible decision, the show was timed perfectly, debuting around the time that use of methamphetamines,...

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Terrifying Drugs

Terrifying Drugs

Think you know drugs? Think again. While it’s commonly accepted that street drugs are bad news, there is worse yet. Outside (and occasionally inside) the United States, there are drugs manufactured that might make an addiction to well-known drugs seem like child’s...

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Ever Heard of…?

Ever Heard of…?

It’s 2018, and no one knows exactly how many drugs are on the market, or being consumed as we speak. New and more dangerous drugs seem to enter the market every couple of weeks, and while every region has their processes for securing and documenting drugs confiscated...

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Drug Detox – The Process and Getting Help

Drug Detox – The Process and Getting Help

Drugs are some of the most powerful substances on this planet. Once addicted, an individual caters to the drug and its effects above all else. They put aside their families, loved ones, careers, finances, health; anything they can compromise in exchange for a fix...

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As Legal as They are Dangerous

As Legal as They are Dangerous

There are very few people who aren’t aware of the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Early in the 20th century, there was far less public information available about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Drug addiction was something that was widely associated with...

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Arizona, SRC, and the Cycle of Addiction

Arizona, SRC, and the Cycle of Addiction

Scottsdale Recovery Center was recently featured in an article about the growing population of recovering people choosing the Desert Southwest as their oasis. Perhaps this should come as no surprise: warm and beautiful with a vibrant culture influenced by local native...

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What to Do When You Need A Fix

What to Do When You Need A Fix

The meat and bread of addiction is the urge to use drugs or alcohol. Unless you have endured the trauma and difficulty of quitting drugs or alcohol, it is impossible to fully understand the power of the cravings for drugs. Rehabilitation clinics, like Scottsdale...

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Human Toll of the Fentanyl Epidemic

Human Toll of the Fentanyl Epidemic

Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid, much stronger than heroin and morphine. Fentanyl is often abused to mimic the effects of heroin and similar substances, but its potency cannot be compared. The fentanyl epidemic is sweeping the nation and hitting the Valley and...

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Alcohol Facts

Alcohol Facts

Alcohol is Easy to Get Part of what drives alcohol addiction is the relative ease of obtaining alcoholic drinks - though legally, young people aren’t allowed to have alcohol, adults may purchase alcohol for the child, if they so choose. Alcohol and addiction to...

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Eating Disorder Recovery

Eating Disorder Recovery

Overcoming any sort of disorder is hard. The road to recovery can be a long, challenging and nerve-wracking one. An eating disorder may sound easy-to-overcome, but it is far from that. It is equally severe and takes substantial time, effort and care to beat. Eating...

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Avoiding Alcohol During the Holidays

Avoiding Alcohol During the Holidays

If you are wondering how to stay sober during the holidays, you are not alone. Every year, a lot of people go through the same ordeal during the holiday season. Sure, with all the celebration and parties going around, it is hard to stay away from the booze. But at the...

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4 Bands That Fell Apart After Overdose

4 Bands That Fell Apart After Overdose

Music and drugs have always shared a troubled history. Musicians have long turned to certain substances in order to give their live performances some added intensity, as well as trigger their creative impulses. Drugs are also a popular topic of song. Over the past few...

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Addiction Among Native American Tribes

Addiction Among Native American Tribes

In 2010, 5.2 million Americans identified themselves as American Indians or Alaska Natives, according to the U.S. Census. Out of this number, 22 percent were living on tribal lands, or reservations, while 78 percent lived outside of these areas. In Arizona, poverty...

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Substance Abuse and Addiction during Incarceration

Substance Abuse and Addiction during Incarceration

It’s been around 20 years since the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse first reported on substance abuse among the nation’s incarcerated. Since that report, there has been little to no work on reducing the number of prisoners who are combating substance...

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Affluence and Drug Addiction

Affluence and Drug Addiction

As stereotypes go, drug addiction is a problem that tends to be linked with poverty. While it is true that poverty is a risk factor for developing an addiction, there are quite a few other factors that have nothing to do with socioeconomic status, such as mental...

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The Effectiveness of Anti-Drug Campaigns

The Effectiveness of Anti-Drug Campaigns

Did you know? Since 1998, the U.S government has spent more than one billion dollars on nationwide campaigns against drug use. This active campaign against substance abuse is a ‘war’ that has waged on since the early 1980s. Year after year, campaigns have directly...

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5 Celebrities Who Struggled with Addiction

5 Celebrities Who Struggled with Addiction

It may sound cliché, but addiction is a disease that does not discriminate. If asked to imagine an addict, most people will conjure up an image of a poor and troubled person. However, this is far from reality. Despite being famous and owning a fortune, every now and...

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High-Level Executives and Addiction

High-Level Executives and Addiction

Leaders and high-level executives share a number of common traits that set them apart from the crowd. While most of these traits are positive and beneficial for themselves and the people around them, research shows that there are some characteristics that might not be...

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What to Do and What to Avoid During Addiction Treatment

What to Do and What to Avoid During Addiction Treatment

The addiction recovery process is full of misconceptions. These misconceptions often lead drug addicts to develop a certain outlook on whether drug rehab treatment would even be effective for them. Education is the first step toward debunking myths, and people need to...

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4 Ways to Support a Loved One during Opioid Recovery

4 Ways to Support a Loved One during Opioid Recovery

The opioid epidemic continues to sweep the nation, and it is as present as ever here in Arizona. During this past year, there have been over 1,500 deaths and nearly 10,000 overdoses related to opioid usage in the state. Drug addiction is a very serious problem and...

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Choosing Between In-Network Rehab and Out-of-Network Rehab

Choosing Between In-Network Rehab and Out-of-Network Rehab

If you’re struggling with addiction and are seeking treatment, you are making the right first step by looking into insurance coverage for rehab. The road to recovery begins with acknowledging the problem and working towards improving your health. Scottsdale rehab...

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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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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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Athletes and Addiction

Athletes and Addiction

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that substance abuse is turning into an epidemic. The number of deaths due to overdose is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths. In fact, the number of deaths that occurred due to heroin overdose...

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Synthetic Drugs and Their Effects

Synthetic Drugs and Their Effects

The rate of synthetic drug consumption is steadily rising all over the world, especially in the United States where their popularity is increasing at an alarming rate. This is because most people assume that these types of drugs are naturally grown and are perfectly...

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Is Caffeine Really Addictive?

Is Caffeine Really Addictive?

Do you love starting your day off with a steaming hot cup of coffee? Well, we all do! There is a reason behind why you may feel irritable and groggy when you miss out on your morning cup. It is because your coffee contains high levels of caffeine, which is now being...

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Can You Become Addicted to Antidepressants?

Can You Become Addicted to Antidepressants?

According to the World Health Organization, depression affects about 350 million people of all ages across the globe. With the rising numbers of depression cases being reported every day, the use of antidepressants has grown common. Although designed to treat...

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Everything You Need to Know About Adderall Abuse

Everything You Need to Know About Adderall Abuse

First off, what is Adderall? A combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, Adderall is primarily used to treat the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used for sleep disorders and certain forms of depression. As a nervous...

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The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender

A suburban mother’s journey through trauma, addiction, and recovery “And all the while I feel like I'm standing in the middle of a crowded room, screaming at the top of my lungs, and no one even looks up.” I remember watching Titanic as a kid, empathizing with Rose...

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Personality Type and Drug Addiction: Are They Linked?

Personality Type and Drug Addiction: Are They Linked?

As far as substance abuse and addiction are concerned, it is clear that there is no single factor responsible. Individuals who struggle with drug addiction tend to have a variety of factors that contribute to increasing their susceptibility to substance abuse...

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The Dangers of Underage Drinking

The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Alcohol can be just as addictive as any other substance. The big difference lies in the fact that it is legal for those over 21, and easily attainable whether you are of age or not. Drinking does not have an age limit, and adolescents are generally exposed to alcohol...

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ADHD Prescription Misuse and Abuse

ADHD Prescription Misuse and Abuse

Whether you have ADHD yourself or know someone who does, the thought of help from a stimulant seems counter-intuitive. How could an upper help someone who’s already restless, impulsive and stymied by distraction? Interestingly, the revved-up symptoms of ADHD are...

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The Glamorization of Drug Use in the Entertainment Industry

The Glamorization of Drug Use in the Entertainment Industry

It’s no secret that a lot of celebrities have a tendency for drug use. Famous singers, rappers, actors, and other in the entertainment industry are generally open about their habits, and this is made evident through their music and documented social behaviors. We’ve...

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7 Benefits of Lifetime Therapy for Addiction

7 Benefits of Lifetime Therapy for Addiction

Many individuals who go through a one-month treatment program or medical detox have their treatments end abruptly. Patients may be clean after the program, but this does not mean treatment should stop. Staying sober is a lifetime pursuit. Regrettably, continuing...

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Morphine: What You Need To Know

Morphine: What You Need To Know

When people are in severe pain following surgery, or are suffering from chronic pain due to terminal medical conditions, they'll often receive a prescription for a painkiller called morphine. Morphine is classified as an opioid analgesic. When taken in high doses, it...

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For the Blue: Substance Abuse Recovery For Law Enforcement

For the Blue: Substance Abuse Recovery For Law Enforcement

There isn't a profession in the country that's deserving of more respect than the one undertaken by law enforcement officers on a daily basis. Week after week, day after day, hour after hour, they put their lives on the line in order to keep the health and property of...

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The New Face of Addiction: Demi Lovato

The New Face of Addiction: Demi Lovato

Up until recent years, drug addiction was often seen as something that only affects the unsuccessful and otherwise marginalized figures amongst us. However, thanks to the brave, bold efforts of the well-known pop singer, Demi Lovato, many people are now reconsidering...

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Mindfulness and Overcoming Withdrawal

Mindfulness and Overcoming Withdrawal

Mindfulness practices have been used by Hindus and Buddhists for thousands of years. Today it is an important part of many holistic treatments including addiction. It goes without saying that your mind controls your addictive tendencies. Once your brain becomes...

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3 Activities That Help Young Adults Remain Sober After Rehab

3 Activities That Help Young Adults Remain Sober After Rehab

Young adults are extremely impressionable, and tend to follow in the footsteps of their friends and peers. Unfortunately, just because a friend seems to be able to balance substance use and a normal lifestyle doesn’t mean this will apply to you. Everyone’s chemical...

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Recovery-Based Yoga in Drug Abuse Recovery

Recovery-Based Yoga in Drug Abuse Recovery

Drug abuse recovery is not a simple process. There are no defined stages and no standard procedure: each recovery process is different, depending on the variables associated with the condition of the person seeking treatment. The levels of care that are usually...

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How Can Art Therapy Help During Drug Rehab?

How Can Art Therapy Help During Drug Rehab?

Drug addiction recovery is a complicated process that involves several treatments that benefit patients in different ways. The ultimate purpose of the process is to ensure optimal recovery and long-term sobriety. Professionals aim to provide their residents with...

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Managing Triggers During and After Drug Abuse Treatment

Managing Triggers During and After Drug Abuse Treatment

A common misconception held among people with drug abuse problems is that they will undergo drug rehab and attain sobriety for life. The truth of the matter is that the success rate of those that have undergone treatment is as low as 5 to 10%. The reason for this lies...

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Treating Alcoholism through Equine Therapy

Treating Alcoholism through Equine Therapy

The drug rehab industry is growing rapidly. Every now and then, there are several new therapies that become a part of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Complementary therapies like art therapy, music and dance therapy, yoga, and mindfulness meditation are ways that...

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How Is the 90-Day Rehab Program Effective?

How Is the 90-Day Rehab Program Effective?

Addiction rehab programs are subjected to several myths and misconceptions. It is commonly believed that the drug rehab is considered to be a 30-day program, but this is not always the case. The sobriety ratio is higher among the people who choose to enroll in longer...

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Four Ways to Avoid Addiction Relapse

Four Ways to Avoid Addiction Relapse

Going through drug rehab is only the first step of recovery. There are many, many challenges that arise during the quest for a sober life. Your commitment to staying clean will be met with frequent obstacles, like triggers and stressors, that might compel you to...

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How To Help an Addict Help Themselves

How To Help an Addict Help Themselves

Beating addiction is not easy. If anything, it can be daunting and extremely challenging. It also requires a strong sense of commitment and willpower. The chance of success for an addict trying to self-detox on their own is relatively low, which is why professional...

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Recovering from Addiction: Mistakes Families Make

Recovering from Addiction: Mistakes Families Make

Here at Scottsdale Recovery Center, we understand that addiction recovery is a long and difficult journey. Not many people understand that addiction is a disease and because they lack this knowledge, they have a lot of misconceptions about what it truly is. You may...

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Things to Expect in the First Year of Recovery

Things to Expect in the First Year of Recovery

The decision to admit yourself to rehab is often contemplated on the basis of what others have experienced. This is one of the most misleading factors that keep addicts from getting the help for recovery. It is helpful to get an insight into the process before making...

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Scottsdale Recovery Center

Scottsdale Recovery Center

The recovery process is not an easy journey. It requires many necessary changes in behavior, which can be extremely challenging. A life-long dedication is required from patients in order to achieve successful recovery, even after the completion of treatment. We focus...

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Trauma Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Trauma Therapy in Addiction Treatment

The most essential component of successful addiction treatment lies in trauma therapy, or identifying the root cause of the compulsive behavior. As long as the primary reason for an addiction is not explored, it cannot be completely treated and there will always be a...

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Building Healthy Relationships: Life after Recovery

Building Healthy Relationships: Life after Recovery

One of the biggest challenges many recovering addicts face is trying to rebuild relationships with the people closest to them. At Scottsdale Recovery Center, we encourage our clients and their families to enroll in our family guidance and counseling program. The...

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How Dangerous is Carfentanil?

How dangerous is Carfentanil? Let’s talk about Carfentanil and the severe effects of this extremely risky substance. What Is Carfentanil? Carfentanil is a substance related to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. Carfentanil,...

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Past Life Experiences and Their Role in Addiction

Past Life Experiences and Their Role in Addiction

The connection between past life experiences and addiction is irrefutable. This is why it is essential that an addict confront their past, and acknowledge its role in their addiction during recovery. At an early age, we tend to develop certain behaviors, and these...

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Mental Illnesses That May Accompany Your Drug Addiction

Mental Illnesses That May Accompany Your Drug Addiction

Drug addiction, like any other disorder, comes with its own list of disturbances, including mental illness. It’s not just your physical health that’s at stake: your personal life, social relations, and mental health are largely affected by substance abuse. Compulsion...

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Why You Should Avoid Non-Medical Rehab

Why You Should Avoid Non-Medical Rehab

Not all rehab centers are out to make a quick buck. There are honest, genuine people out there who have dedicated their lives to helping addicts find sobriety. But among the flowers there are always weeds, and in this situation, they come in the form of unscrupulous...

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The 5 Most Addictive Drugs on the Planet

The 5 Most Addictive Drugs on the Planet

Addiction is a compulsive, substance-seeking behavior found in individuals who show signs of withdrawal when use is stopped. There has been an ongoing debate over which drugs are considered the most addictive. According to a panel of experts, how addictive a substance...

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Celebrities Who Died From Overdoses in 2018

Celebrities Who Died From Overdoses in 2018

In 2016, more than 63,600 Americans died of drug overdoses. Around two-thirds of these fatal incidents involved some type of opioid. Between 2015 and 2016, the fatal overdose rate from synthetic opioids, not counting methadone, more than doubled. Illegally...

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Should I Stop Drinking?

Should I Stop Drinking?

You might be wondering whether you should stop drinking for many reasons. There may have been instances where you fought with friends, wrecked your car, or made bad decisions that would have been otherwise avoided had it not been for your alcohol addiction. Like last...

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The Surprising Connection Between Vitamin D and Depression

The Surprising Connection Between Vitamin D and Depression

More than 300 million people in the world suffer from depression -- that's about the size of the population of the United States. Depression is also connected to substance abuse. In fact, about two in 10 Americans who have anxiety, depression or other mood disorders...

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How Is Alcohol Addiction Treated?

How Is Alcohol Addiction Treated?

Overcoming alcohol addiction is completely dependent on the will and commitment of the user.  A person has to want sobriety for themselves before they can truly accept help. The doctors, the medications, and therapies are merely aids in coping with withdrawal symptoms...

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The Ins and Outs of Inpatient Facilities

The Ins and Outs of Inpatient Facilities

While addiction comes with an abundance of negative aspects, it is a treatable condition. That’s not to say it doesn’t require extensive care and monitoring: addiction is one of the toughest diseases to treat. Luckily, today’s drug and alcohol programs offer several...

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How Does Medical Detox Work?

How Does Medical Detox Work?

Scottsdale Recovery Center does not offer Medical Detox in Scottsdale. We refer out to trusted and experienced detox professionals in our community. Scottsdale Recovery Center offers the best medical drug and alcohol detox referral treatment and recovery in the area....

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How Affluence Enables Drug Addiction in Scottsdale

How Affluence Enables Drug Addiction in Scottsdale

The risks to young adults in succumbing to drug use are rampant across the country. Depending on the area or state, certain substances will trend more than others. And for a person under 21 years of age, the operative word in this is trend. Most of the decisions made...

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Why Getting Away Makes Addiction Recovery Easier

Why Getting Away Makes Addiction Recovery Easier

It’s June in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson or some other city in Arizona. If statistics stand the test of time this year, we could reach 118 degrees or more. Miserable doesn’t even come close. And if you or someone you love has decided that now is the right time to get...

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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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The Importance Of A ‘Long Term’ Drug Rehab Program

The Importance Of A ‘Long Term’ Drug Rehab Program

The road to recovery, when it comes to addiction, can be long and difficult. The chances of overall success in recovery and sobriety are boosted when one considers long term drug rehab treatment, which also offers lower relapse rates. This is because treatment...

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Tips On How To Choose An Alcohol Rehab Center

Tips On How To Choose An Alcohol Rehab Center

Evaluating alcohol treatment centers isn't as simple as it sounds, because it is an important decision that can make a significant impact on the recovery process. Choosing a center should be based on a number of factors that keep the patient's individual needs in...

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How to Breathe Stress Away and Avoid Relapse Triggers

How to Breathe Stress Away and Avoid Relapse Triggers

Sounds a little simplistic, doesn’t it? The very idea that breathing, what we do automatically, is directly related to how we manage stress and self-control is a little laughable. Until you break it down and understand the power of our innate ability to handle what...

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Fire Season, First Responders and How to Detect PTSD

Fire Season, First Responders and How to Detect PTSD

It could be another rough fire season for the Southwest. With droughts evident in Arizona and parts of California, fire departments and other EMS workers are readying for a busy schedule. Although it’s the nature of the job, what firefighters and paramedics witness...

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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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What is Dual Diagnosis Rehab Treatment?

What is Dual Diagnosis Rehab Treatment?

Sometimes when someone is deeply addicted to a substance, it is either a cause or a symptom of one or more underlying mental health issues. This condition is referred to as co-occurring disorders or a dual diagnosis. It’s not always the case where the mental health...

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Grateful Dead, Phish and Philosophies in Addiction Recovery

Grateful Dead, Phish and Philosophies in Addiction Recovery

Sounds like an oxymoron: putting 420, the band Phish and philosophies in addiction recovery together in the same sentence but for the Founder of the Scottsdale Recovery Center (SRC), a drug and alcohol rehab in Scottsdale, AZ, and Trey Anastasio, lead singer of Phish...

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Raves, Electronica and Why Designer Drugs Seem Sexy

Raves, Electronica and Why Designer Drugs Seem Sexy

When it comes to EDM “Electronic Dance Music” party-goers, it’s not the kind of social outing that a person can hang on the fence about. Either you’re in or you’re not. That’s because it isn’t really about the dance, though EDMs will tell you it is, but more about the...

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Sibling Rivalry and Drug Addiction, Connected

Sibling Rivalry and Drug Addiction, Connected

Take a moment and think back on your family, the one you grew up in as a child. Were you the oldest, youngest or somewhere in between? Did you get along with your brothers or sisters? Were you like friends or enemies? Was someone else the favorite? Whatever the...

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Marijuana or Alcohol: A Better Choice?

Marijuana or Alcohol: A Better Choice?

This might seem like a ludicrous question to ask—which of the two, marijuana or alcohol, is a better choice? But to an adolescent growing up in the United States, it’s a perfectly legit inquiry. I will also add that this question deserves a well thought out answer,...

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The Day You Leave Drug Rehab Is Why Aftercare Matters

The Day You Leave Drug Rehab Is Why Aftercare Matters

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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Arizona Crowdfund Helps Drug Crisis by Investment Offering

Arizona Crowdfund Helps Drug Crisis by Investment Offering

The concept may seem random - raising money for a drug and alcohol rehab center to expand its facilities’ footprint to treat more people. You may wonder why we don’t ask for a business loan. You may think it’s strange that we’re seeking help from the people of...

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How Singing Bowls Improve Drug Rehab and Support Recovery

How Singing Bowls Improve Drug Rehab and Support Recovery

An important aspect of long-term addiction recovery is having the ability to live in the moment, turn off external noise and just be. While these terms may be unfamiliar to some, those who have gone through drug rehab at the Scottsdale Recovery Center or actively...

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How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?

Even though alcoholism is a legal drug, abuse throughout US populations is widespread. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), one in 12 US adults have some level of alcohol dependency, and millions of them regularly drink to the...

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Appetite Hormone Causes Alcohol Cravings?

Appetite Hormone Causes Alcohol Cravings?

Scientists continue to make advancements on the how and why of addiction in humans but the process can be lengthy and arduous. In addition to governmental red tape, federal funding changes and restraints, as well as public perception about substance abuse and the way...

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Why Singles Should Date Sober to Meet the Right Guy

Why Singles Should Date Sober to Meet the Right Guy

Valentine’s Day has come and gone. If you’re still brooding over your singleness, maybe it’s time to rethink not just who you’re dating but how you’re doing it. Not interested in getting into a relationship with someone who has a drug or alcohol problem? Then why do...

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Does Drug Use Disorder Increase Risk for Cancer?

Does Drug Use Disorder Increase Risk for Cancer?

It’s a loaded question (pun intended): Does having a drug use disorder increase risk for cancer? To be clear, for this article, “drug use” includes alcohol intake. This is a hard-hitting question and thought it was worth the search for deeper insights, based on the...

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Performance Anxiety, Opioids and Depression in Athletes

Performance Anxiety, Opioids and Depression in Athletes

Sports fans can readily recite their list of professional, collegiate or hometown favorites in a heartbeat because we wear our allegiance to athletes close to the vest. Corporations bank on it with ballplayer endorsements. Universities rely on it to increase...

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A Guide to Finding Luxury Rehab Centers

A Guide to Finding Luxury Rehab Centers

When you're going through the recovery process for drug or alcohol addiction, it's important you complete your recovery in total comfort. Our team at Scottsdale Recovery understands the importance of comfort and within this latest post, we'll present our guide to...

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How to Find Rehab Centers in Arizona

How to Find Rehab Centers in Arizona

When you're looking for drug rehab centers in Arizona either for yourself or a loved one, it's important you consult with the experts to find the right facility for you. Our team at Scottsdale Recovery has significant experience in this area of the industry, and in...

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Why This Wasp Hotshot Injection Stings to Death

Why This Wasp Hotshot Injection Stings to Death

You may have been hearing some rumblings about a new drug trend that is making waves across the country. If not yet, you will. Some news agencies are reporting a wasp hotshot as a new to the illegal drug market but it’s been in existence for years, and its origin has...

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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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Are Bar Owners to Blame for Your Alcohol Problem?

Are Bar Owners to Blame for Your Alcohol Problem?

Are bar owners to blame? A man and a woman go into a bar in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s 11:42 p.m. on Friday. The music’s loud. The crowd is even louder. The acoustics don’t help as the noise level is by design to create a desired atmosphere. As a patron, you might...

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How Spirituality Affects Addiction Recovery

How Spirituality Affects Addiction Recovery

There may be a misunderstanding amongst the masses about the importance of spirituality to addiction recovery. Addiction itself can rip the soul of spirituality, changing our emotions and perspectives toward negativity, creating dangerous, self-fulfilling prophecies....

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Why Ethical Drug Rehabs in Arizona Are So Hard to Find

Why Ethical Drug Rehabs in Arizona Are So Hard to Find

It’s been said that “Money is the root of all evil.” Perhaps not always but in the addiction treatment and recovery industry, that philosophy is showing a heavy hand – to the detriment of the people who really need the help. It’s no wonder. This is a $35 billion...

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AIDS and Heroin, a Reunited Risk?

AIDS and Heroin, a Reunited Risk?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Why? There’s a lot of talk amongst the media, politicians and medical professionals about the alarming rate of opioid addiction in America. Some would call it a daily conversation – and that’s a good thing. Perhaps it should be top-of-mind...

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What parents should do if they have a teen addict?

What parents should do if they have a teen addict?

Addiction can be very problematic for any teen, and the worst part is that it can traumatize him/her for the long term. This is where parents need to come into play. Offering the proper support is a very good idea, and by doing so, a teen will be able to deal with...

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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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The Addict in The Workplace

The Addict in The Workplace

There is no clean path for the opioid epidemic or guaranteed plan to solve its impact on the workplace. That ranges from worker protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act and having legitimate prescriptions for the painkillers and ADHD medications like...

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What is a drug overdose?

What is a drug overdose?

If you suspect you or someone else is in danger of an overdose, please call 911 or your local equivalent emergency services. Drug overdoses can take place intentionally or accidentally. If a person consumes a drug more frequently than prescribed or more than the...

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How Cocaine Affects the Body

How Cocaine Affects the Body

Back in September we took a look at the different ways opiates can harm the body. Today we're continuing the education series and reviewing what cocaine is and the dangers it's use brings. Cocaine is considered a very powerful stimulant and addictive substance, which...

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Senior Citizens and Addiction

Senior Citizens and Addiction

Substance abuse issues among senior citizens has become one of the fastest growing health issues today. A considerable percentage of seniors in Arizona have already become victims to this disease. Prescription drugs (most commonly prescribed post surgery) and alcohol...

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How Opiates Affect The Body

How Opiates Affect The Body

Background On Opiates Did you know that heroin is an opium derivative? Opiates in their natural form are discovered in the poppy plant, with the earliest recorded uses in southwest Asia. People have known about the effects of the poppy plant since before 3000 BC! In...

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September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month

What is National Recovery Month? Besides cooler temperatures for us living in Arizona, September also brings with it the month long observance of National Recovery Month. Celebrating it's 27th year in 2017, National Recovery Month seeks to bring positive attention to...

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What is Dual Diagnosis and How Do You Treat It?

What is Dual Diagnosis and How Do You Treat It?

Many people who struggle with addiction are completely unaware that they may be suffering from more than one addiction, or that there are other issues in play that may make recovery more difficult. For those who have co-occurring issues, treatment needs to be handled...

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What to Do When Your Loved One Needs an Intervention

What to Do When Your Loved One Needs an Intervention

There are times when it becomes painfully obvious to friends, family and loved ones that someone has become addicted to drugs or alcohol. When this happens, it's important to get the person help as quickly as possible before the addiction spirals even more out of...

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Understanding What Addiction Is

Understanding What Addiction Is

Most people are unaware that there are actually two types of addiction: substance abuse and substance dependence. Regardless of the substance, either type can cause upheaval in someone's life. So, what is the difference and how do you address them?  Understanding what...

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Why Drug Addicts Relapse and How to Avoid It

Why Drug Addicts Relapse and How to Avoid It

After a person goes through addiction recovery, it’s is very common for them to experience some form of relapse. Up to 60% of patients who receive substance abuse treatment will relapse within one year, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. ...

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Why Drug Addiction Requires Professional Help

Why Drug Addiction Requires Professional Help

Regardless of how widespread drug addiction, especially opiate addiction, is in this country, many people still have huge misconceptions about drug addiction and what it takes to get and stay sober. Many people incorrectly assume that addiction is a choice and...

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Drug Addiction in the Medical Profession

Drug Addiction in the Medical Profession

It's no secret that the health profession is a highly stressful field. Stress in medical practice has always been a well-discussed and thoroughly researched. The medical profession, whether you're a nurse, a physician's assistant, a doctor, or any other professional...

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Founder Chris Cohn Featured on Money Radio

Founder Chris Cohn Featured on Money Radio

Chris Cohn, founder and owner of Scottsdale Recovery Center, was recently featured on Money Radio's "Business Leader Spotlight". He was interviewed by Mark Asher, who is well-respected in the business community. This candid interview with Chris not only highlights how...

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Your Spouse Has a Drug Addiction:  Now What?

Your Spouse Has a Drug Addiction: Now What?

When you find out that your spouse has a drug addiction, it can be hard to comprehend what's going on, how it happened, and what to do next. You may ask how this could be happening to someone who you’ve been married to and trust? Many spouses mistake signs of...

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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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Arizona declares opioid crisis a public-health emergency

Arizona declares opioid crisis a public-health emergency

Arizona declares opioid crisis a public-health emergency Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a public-health emergency to improve the state’s efforts to counter the ongoing opioid crisis. Last year 790  Arizona residents died due to opioid overdoses. “The declaration will...

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Synthetic Drug Potentially too Powerful for Overdose Reversal

Synthetic drug potentially too powerful for overdose reversal “The synthetic drug U-47700 or “pink” became more widely known in the Upstate after two people were arrested and indicted on federal charges for selling it out of a Greenville apartment complex.” Police say...

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Mistaking Detox and Drug Rehab for Addiction Quick Fix

Mistaking Detox and Drug Rehab for Addiction Quick Fix

After watching countless friends struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, I am here to tell you about my observations and their experiences. I'm hoping to shed some light on this nasty disease and perhaps help some families have a better understanding of the recovery...

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