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16
May

Words Hurt: How to Speak Supportively About Addiction

When a person is struggling with addiction, there are many difficult barriers that they face. However, there is one easy way that all members of our society can make recovering from addiction slightly easier. The words we choose when discussing addiction, describing people who struggle with substance abuse, or engaging with people use substances can...
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25
Apr

Commonly Used Medications for Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation

There are many tools available to help people who struggle with substance abuse to stop using alcohol and other drugs. While rehab, mental health counseling, and recovery meetings like AA and NA are well-known components of the treatment process, a lesser known option for people recovering from addiction is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Medication Assisted...
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19
Apr

What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a technique that has been used for 30 years to help people process feelings around changes they want or need to make. By asking questions and allowing the individual to talk freely and without judgment, a practitioner can increase their internal motivation toward a specific goal. MI should feel conversational and...
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20
Mar

What to Look for When Choosing a Sponsor in Recovery

If a person in recovery is utilizing a 12-Step program, sooner or later, they will need to select a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who has been in recovery for at least one year and can utilize their experience to support and guide a person who is newer to recovery. Many people are not sure,...
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native american man and his father
27
Feb

Alcohol Abuse in the Native American Community

There has long been a stereotype that Native Americans are more prone to alcoholism and deaths related to alcohol than other Americans. Though many Native American communities around the United States do battle the negative impacts of alcohol, there is far more to know than stereotypes convey. Stats Versus Stereotypes As reported in the Journal...
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woman outdoors celebrating freedom
28
Jan

Breaking Free of the Victim Mentality

There is a tendency when one is living in addiction to also develop the bad habit of seeing oneself as a victim. There is a strong connection between addiction and trauma. Additionally, people with mental health issues sometimes become addicts by trying to use alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate when medical care is not...
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woman with pillow over head
14
Jan

Coping with Sleeplessness in Recovery and Sobriety

Some of the first advice people receive when entering recovery is to develop new, healthy habits. In addition to eating right and exercising, they are told to get plenty of sleep. Unfortunately, insomnia is a common struggle people face when they initially stop using alcohol and other drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...
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03
Jan

Addiction: A Public Health Crisis

Nearly two years ago, the Surgeon General declared substance abuse a public health crisis. At the time, a government report was issued, stating that our country needs to start treating addiction, “Not as a moral failing, but as a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and compassion. The way we address this...
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Can-Alcohol-Withdrawal-Become-Fatal - sick and sad man on couch at home
18
Dec

Can Alcohol Withdrawal Become Fatal?

Because alcohol is a legal drug, there is a common misconception that using and withdrawing from alcohol is safer than using and withdrawing from other drugs. For many individuals, quitting drinking has some unpleasant, but tolerable side effects. For others, the side effects can be so severe as to become life threatening. Detoxing as Part...
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Practicing-Self-Care-When-a-Loved-One-Suffers-from-Addiction - woman with cat
06
Dec

Practicing Self-Care When a Loved One Suffers from Addiction

It is natural to want to love and support people who are important to us, especially when they are suffering from an illness. Addiction, like any other illness, can wear on the person diagnosed and the people around them. It is important, therefore, to ensure that the people who make up the support system of...
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