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Addiction
pretty young woman wearing sweater that matches wallpaper - hiding substance use
23
Jul

Identifying Hidden Substance Use

Before a person suffering from addiction is able to acknowledge the problem and get help, they will likely try to conceal the extent of their drug or alcohol abuse by hiding their substance use. Loved ones who don’t know the indicators of substance abuse may not realize the full scope of the issue or that...
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closeup of woman entering credit care info into laptop - cross addiction
13
Jul

What Is Cross Addiction?

It is said in the recovery community that it’s not enough to just stop using. It’s important to fill the voids that are left in your life when you enter recovery–because if you don’t fill them, they may attract negative habits. These habits may develop into new addictions. What Is a Cross Addiction? Cross addiction,...
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man holding glass of liquor sitting in front of car keys on table - impaired driving
01
Apr

Is Impaired Driving a Sign of Addiction?

While it shows a potentially fatal error in judgment, one DUI/DWI does not necessarily mean that a person is in active addiction. A DUI/DWI can, however, indicate an unhealthy dependence on alcohol or drugs or even an undiagnosed substance use disorder. Why Does it Matter? A lot of people rationalize their choice to get behind...
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man sitting in therapy appointment with psychiatrist - evidence-based
06
Feb

What Are Evidence-Based Drug Addiction Treatments?

You may hear drug and alcohol treatment centers discuss evidence-based treatment programs or therapies. What does that mean? Evidence-based approaches are those backed by scientific evidence of their reliability and effectiveness. In addiction treatment, such approaches may include things like talk therapy but also the use of medications that help to stop cravings. When you...
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sad looking woman sitting on couch with Christmas tree in background - interventionist
30
Nov

How to Know When Your Loved One Needs an Interventionist

Even though the holidays can be a time when families enjoy one another’s company and celebrate traditions, they can also be stressful for many people. Because merriment and stress are both sometimes accompanied by overindulgence, the holidays may be a time when you notice concerning patterns of behavior in your loved ones. If holiday gatherings...
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military man sitting on couch with head in hands - veteran
12
Nov

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Veteran Community

Veterans Day Each November, the United States honors Veterans by celebrating Veterans Day. This holiday generally involves restaurants offering free meals to former service members and the general public offering words of thanks to reflect their gratitude for the service those individuals have given to our country. Unfortunately, what our celebrations don’t acknowledge is the...
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glass of liquor next to bottle of pills - pills spilling out - alcohol and opioids
24
Sep

Mixing Opioids and Alcohol Doubles Addiction Risks

One often overlooked aspect of our country’s opioid epidemic is the high number of individuals who are abusing both opioids and alcohol. This behavior, sometimes referred to as polydrug use, poses serious dangers and requires additional care during the detox process. Legal Doesn’t Mean Risk-Free Since alcohol and prescription opioids are both legal substances, many...
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blue tree with white figures - wooden background - family tree concept - family
13
Sep

The Family Cycle of Addiction

Substance abuse often shows up in multiple generations of a family tree. Frequently, misuse of alcohol, prescription meds, or illicit substances has been taking place within a family for a long time before the current generation ever indulged in them. Nature Versus Nurture There has been some debate as to whether addiction is a genetic...
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woman sitting on yoga mat in the lotus position - yoga benefits
28
Aug

Using Yoga to Promote a Lasting Recovery

Yoga is often viewed as being suitable only for young, skinny, and flexible people, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Every body is a yoga body. People of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy the benefits of yoga. For individuals in recovery, yoga can be a valuable part of their continuum of...
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two young women talking during hike in mountains - drug or alcohol
17
Aug

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Addiction

If you’ve noticed signs that suggest a loved one has a drug or alcohol problem, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. Contrary to popular belief, waiting for someone to hit rock bottom is not the best way to handle the situation. Addiction is a chronic illness, which means that ongoing care...
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