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02
Jul

Addiction vs. Dependence

When considering the definition of addiction vs. dependence, past thinking made it fairly simple to differentiate between the two terms. Although addiction and dependence possess similar symptoms, the manifestations and associated behaviors differ significantly. Let’s Look at Past Definitions, Creating the Distinctions of the Two Suppose a person begins to use a substance that possesses...
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26
Jun

Benefits of Sober Living Programs

Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is a process that begins with the addict’s willingness to take responsibility for the choices that have fueled his/her disease. The step by step journey to recovery deconstructs the addict’s distorted thinking and allows the addict to envision a life free of alcohol and drugs. Recovery entails surrender, acceptance,...
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19
Jun

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms – Does My Client Need Detox?

Alcohol withdrawal is a serious medical condition that can be fatal, if not properly treated. The severity of alcohol withdrawal syndrome varies, depending upon the individual’s alcohol consumption and any other underlying medical conditions. Identifying alcohol withdrawal symptoms in an individual is important so that he or she can receive appropriate medical attention and recovery...
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11
Jun

Enabling Behavior and Codependency

The most confusing and piercing words that describe the contributions of friends and family to the disease of addiction are enabling behavior and codependency. With the best of intentions, unconditional love, unwavering commitment and a blind eye to reality, we unknowingly become dance partners with the disease. Our enabling behavior is particularly difficult to relinquish...
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03
Jun

The Consequences of Drug Abuse are Countless

The consequences of drug abuse are events that may occur through out an individual’s addiction. They can affect the body, the mind and the spirit, ranging from small to large to the ultimate consequence- death. Drug abuse can take someone to places no one thought they would go and cause them to do things they...
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26
May

Opiate Withdrawal Timeline

Opiates are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers, such as hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone, but also the street drug heroin. The two different substances may seem worlds apart, but in actuality, they are very much the same. Often times, opioid pain medications are prescribed post-surgery or for a chronic pain condition. Some people...
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11
May

Life After Rehab

My experience confirms that addiction rehab can be a valuable and resourceful stop on the recovery journey, but it is only part of it. Just like asthma or diabetes, addiction is a chronic disease. There is no cure for addiction. Recovery is ongoing and will have to be pursued for a lifetime. There are things...
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02
May

Prescription Drug Abuse

How do I know if my loved one is suffering from prescription drug abuse? There are warning some signs of prescription drug abuse. If you think that someone you love may have a problem with prescription drug abuse, look for some of the following indications: Opioids: Increased anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis, depression, irritability, lowered motivation,...
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