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Symptoms of Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine is derived from amphetamine, a potent central nervous system stimulator. Amphetamines are commonly prescribed to treat medical conditions, including ADHD, narcolepsy, and clinical obesity. When used properly, these medications are highly effective. Methamphetamine, referred to as meth, crystal meth, crystal, and crank, is illegally produced in meth labs and sold as a recreational drug.… Continue Reading Symptoms of Meth Addiction

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Benefits of Withdrawing in a Detox Center

For many who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, the desire to quit can be overshadowed by the fear of the withdrawal symptoms of detox. Attempts to detox at home frequently fail because of the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, making people want to give up trying to be sober altogether. At Westwind Recovery®, we understand… Continue Reading Benefits of Withdrawing in a Detox Center

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Different Types of Substance Abuse Treatment

The very first step toward recovery is acknowledging that you have a substance abuse problem. The next is finding the right substance abuse treatment program. There are countless treatment options to choose from, but not all are the same. It is essential to research your options to ensure the facility you choose will meet all… Continue Reading Different Types of Substance Abuse Treatment

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Characteristics of a Successful Drug Rehab

Recognizing the need for treatment for a substance use disorder is the first step on the path to recovery. Equally important is finding the drug rehab center that is right for you or your loved one. There are over 14,500 licensed drug and alcohol rehab centers in the United States. It can be challenging to… Continue Reading Characteristics of a Successful Drug Rehab

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Celebrating National Recovery Month

Every September, centers like Westwind Recovery® celebrate recovery successes and find creative ways to share information about addiction treatment and relapse prevention. Recovery is not easy. It takes effort, but it’s worth it. National Recovery Month serves as a reminder of the benefits of living a clean and sober life. This year, find ways to… Continue Reading Celebrating National Recovery Month

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How Addictive Behaviors Promote Dependency

Addictive behaviors are defined as compulsions that lead you to repeat actions over and over, regardless of how negatively they impact your life. There are many kinds of addictive behaviors caused by a variety of factors. You may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, addicted to food, or addicted to sex, gaming, or the internet.… Continue Reading How Addictive Behaviors Promote Dependency

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5 Types of Alcoholics You Probably Know

An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Studies have identified five types of alcoholics as a way to help people develop a better understanding of the disease. Learn more about how alcohol addiction can present in different individuals, then… Continue Reading 5 Types of Alcoholics You Probably Know

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3 Reasons to Try Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an individualized approach to treating substance use disorders that utilizes a combination of counseling, behavior therapy, and FDA-approved medications. This combination of interventions helps address the physical, psychological, social, and emotional aspects of addiction that can be triggering. MAT is mainly used to help treat opioid addiction but can be effective… Continue Reading 3 Reasons to Try Medication Assisted Treatment

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Here’s What to Expect in Inpatient Rehab

In considering drug or alcohol addiction treatment, you may be wondering what you can expect from inpatient treatment. An inpatient rehab center provides intensive, 24/7 supervised treatment without distractions from the outside world, enabling you to focus all of your attention on your recovery. When choosing an addiction treatment program, you should consider your lifestyle,… Continue Reading Here’s What to Expect in Inpatient Rehab