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Types of Addiction

People are familiar with addiction to drugs and alcohol. These are the first thing people think about, not realizing many types of addiction don’t involve abusing a substance. Addictions can be substance addictions, behavioral addictions, or impulse control disorders. There are some things that all addictions have in common. All involve cravings for the substance… Continue Reading Types of Addiction

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The Dangers of Designer Drugs Are Real

There’s a lot of talk about what people are calling designer drugs. They make it sound like these drugs are exotic and fun, or that they aren’t harmful. But that’s not the case. There are many dangers of designer drugs, including the idea that you don’t always really know what’s in them. You could be… Continue Reading The Dangers of Designer Drugs Are Real

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Are Social Media and Substance Abuse Linked?

With the growing level of social media is coming a growing level of substance abuse. That leaves some people to wonder if the two are linked together in some way. At first glance, it wouldn’t seem like social media and substance abuse have anything in common. But a closer look indicates that there might be… Continue Reading Are Social Media and Substance Abuse Linked?

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Motivational Interviewing and Addiction

Often, the decision to quit an addictive substance is filled with ambivalence. This is especially true for individuals who are in treatment as a result of a court order, but even though those who seek treatment on their own may have a period of being unsure. Individuals worry about going through withdrawal, being strong enough… Continue Reading Motivational Interviewing and Addiction

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What are the Symptoms of Addiction?

In 2017, more than 70,000 people lost their lives to a drug overdose; many of them had an addiction disorder. Most will have also had family members wondering what they could have done differently or how they missed the signs. What are the symptoms of addiction? What Is Addiction? Addiction is a chronic condition that… Continue Reading What are the Symptoms of Addiction?

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Psychological Dependence

When people talk about drinking alcohol or taking a particular substance, usually, they focus on how it makes them feel physically. Little is said or acknowledged about the psychological dependence behind every person’s addiction. We must acknowledge the role of such dependence and develop a plan to address it. This way, they can reach true… Continue Reading Psychological Dependence

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What Is Psychotherapy?

What is psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy that has proven helpful in treating mental health issues. Also, it’s an important part of many addiction treatment programs. Through the use of psychotherapy, clients learn to recognize and to redirect negative or magical thinking patterns. Thus, they may experience reality in a positive and… Continue Reading What Is Psychotherapy?

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What are Some Coping Skills for Addiction Recovery?

Stress is a known risk factor in addiction relapse. Finding the right coping skills is an essential part of creating a relapse prevention plan. For many, the stress triggers in their life are the underlying cause of drug or alcohol use. For others, it’s the stress of maintaining their sobriety that leads to relapse. Either… Continue Reading What are Some Coping Skills for Addiction Recovery?

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The Importance of Core Values to Guide Recovery

Values are important to recovery because they steer you in the right direction. When your life has value, it has meaning and purpose. Your days have structure. You play healthy roles in family, community, and social groups. And the choices you make align with your personal goals of health and happiness. For those who have… Continue Reading The Importance of Core Values to Guide Recovery