Addiction Recovery and Spousal Support

March 21, 2008

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Relationships with family and friends play an important role in an individual’s path to addiction recovery. Receiving support from loved ones is one indicator of whether the addict will be able to maintain long-term success. Many rehab facilities realize this and offer family counseling sessions to work through issues while the individual is in an addiction treatment program. Read more

Addiction Recovery is a Science

March 20, 2008

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Addiction recovery is a science. It is based in years of experience helping those in need of drug or alcohol rehabilitation. No one ever hopes for another person to struggle with addiction. You can thankful, however, for those that suffered before you. They have laid the foundation that makes drug treatment program successful for so many like you today. We know that you are unique. That no addict before you, or any that will come after you, are exactly like you. But their experiences, both in use and in recovery, can help you find drug rehabilitation. Read more

Ecstasy Facts

March 19, 2008

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Ecstasy is a drug that is associated with strong emotional feelings of well-being and warmth. It is one of the drugs that people refer to as club drugs, because they are often used at all-night raves, in clubs, bars, at concerts, and at dance parties. Ecstasy is a dangerous drug on its own, but even more so when it is taken along with alcohol or other drugs. Ecstasy is usually taken in a pill form, but it’s sometimes crushed so that the user can inject or snort it. The effects of the drug usually last up to six hours, though unpleasant side effects can occur for much longer. Read more

Help for Adult Children of Addiction

March 18, 2008

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Adults who grew up in a home with alcoholism or drug addiction should realize the importance of seeking help for themselves. Regardless of whether the parent still suffers from addiction or is even in the child’s life, this situation can cause lifelong pain. Living in a dysfunctional family, instability, anger, feelings of abandonment, repressed emotions, and many other issues need to be worked through. Read more

Popularity of Crystal Meth

March 17, 2008

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Crystal meth first became popular in the United States among males in San Francisco. In the past decade, it has quickly spread across most of the rest of the country. The incidence of crystal meth lab seizures has increased dramatically in some states in the matter of a year. What accounts for the fast popularity of this drug? Read more

Dependence is Both Physical and Psychological

March 16, 2008

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Drug addiction is more than a physical dependence on a substance. When one has a drug addiction, they are dependent on the substance psychologically as well as physically. Drug abuse has increased over the past several years and is not limited to only a certain economical and social cultures, as believed by many. Drug abuse affects individuals of all walks of life. Read more

Crystal Meth Addiction

March 15, 2008

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Crystal Meth addiction is quickly becoming one of the worst drug problems in the United States. Easy availability and its popularity among teenagers has made it a real problem, even in small towns. A crystal meth addiction can have serious side effects, particularly to your teeth, your face and your overall health. Although many people begin taking this drug recreationally, they quickly find out that it is very addictive and very hard to stop on their own. Read more

Is Addiction Genetic?

March 14, 2008

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Alcoholism and drug addiction appear to run in families, but is it really a genetic disease? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “addiction has a moderate to high heritable component.” This helps to explain why some people can abuse certain substances and quit relatively easily, while others go through addiction treatment programs multiple times and still relapse. Some people become addicted the first time they try a drug, but other people can be casual users. Read more

Misperceptions

March 13, 2008

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There are a lot of common misperceptions about drug addiction and the treatment of drug abusers. While everyone agrees in that drug use is bad the public associates the problems of most addicts with drugs. The war on drugs was the big push in the 80’s and 90’s. While that movement was beneficial, it was mostly beneficial in showing us that we were attacking the wrong portion of the problem. The majority of the problems when it comes to substance abuse result from the addiction not from the drug. Read more

Early Intervention is Best

March 12, 2008

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Family and friends often are not sure how to handle a loved ones’ addiction problem. The best time to encourage an individual to seek treatment for their drug and alcohol abuse is as soon as possible. The faster the person seeks addiction treatment, the easier and more effective it will be. Alcohol and drug addiction does not just go away or get better on its own. The recovery process requires work, preferably with the support of loved ones.

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