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a woman finding the first steps of addiction recovery

Recovery from an addiction is a difficult journey, but not an impossible one. Establishing the first steps in recovery will set a path towards a permanent, sustainable, and healthy life, free from addiction and pain. Whether seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, counseling, treatment, and support are necessary…

woman sitting at desk avoiding stress in recovery

Life is stressful, isn’t it? Sometimes we find ourselves face to face with a ton of demands, and all we want to do is crawl under a rock—and never come out. Too much stress can cause us to lose our grip on what is important. Avoiding stress in recovery is…

guy smiling after learning how sober living homes could prevent relapse

Drug and alcohol abuse is a complex disease that grows from a mix of biological, behavioral, emotional, interpersonal, and social elements. Those who find themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol may have used substances to cope with negative feelings and toxic memories that may have seemed unbearable. For others, substance…

girl sitting on the couch learning about detoxing from alcohol at home

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports that alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. The effects of alcohol addiction or consistent, recurring alcohol abuse on the brain are significant and damaging. The more the brain becomes accustomed to the impacts of…

group talking about the difference between rapid detox and traditional medication assisted treatment

There is a substantial difference between rapid detox and medication-assisted detox. Understanding heroin and the need for assistance in the detoxification of drugs is the first...

woman sitting and undergoing treatment for opiate addiction

Opiates (or opioids) are legitimate drugs that are taken to treat physical pain. Some examples of legal opiates (or painkillers) are Codeine, Percocet, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and morphine. Conversely, an example of an illegal opiate is heroin.

group clapping for man after choosing a detox center

When you're ready to begin the journey to recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, choosing the right drug and alcohol detox center is critical to your successful recovery. The decision to seek treatment doesn't come lightly, and neither should your choice of rehab facilities. With the prevalence of drug and…

man looking in the distance thinking about how sober living can help with co-occurring disorders

Co-occurring mental health issues are disorders that include both a mental illness and an addiction. For example, some people may have post-traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction. Co-occurring mental health issues are common because sometimes an addiction develops as a way to numb the painful effects of an illness. Remember…

woman sitting on bed wondering how long heroin withdrawal lasts

Withdrawal happens when you cut back or stop taking a drug you have been using consistently (enough to form a habit or addiction). You do not have to be using mind-altering drugs to feel withdrawal effects...

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