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The Most Surprising Benefits of Sobriety

Sobriety is a life-changing achievement. While the road to recovery likely wasn’t an easy one, you’ve crossed the finish line and can now lead a healthier, happier life that isn’t controlled by any drug or substance. The freedom and joy you’ll feel after breaking the chains of dependence or addiction

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How to Stop Being an Enabler

Watching a loved one struggling with an addiction is not easy. The road to addiction recovery is fraught with physical, emotional, and mental challenges. That’s why you must offer your loved one as much support as possible. However, sometimes, in our quest to be supportive, we may end up being

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What Type of Therapy Do I Need?

Congrats! You’ve made the important decision to go to therapy in order to benefit your mental health and overall well-being. This is often the hardest step when it comes to embracing the importance of self-care. Wondering “What type of therapy do I need?” You definitely aren’t alone! There are hundreds

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The Benefits of Drug and Alcohol Interventions

If you have a loved one struggling with substance abuse, you understand the pain of watching a person you care about spiraling out of control. You know the pain of talking to them about it and your words falling on deaf ears: a sign that they’d rather waste their lives

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The Role Nutrition Plays in Mental Health

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat,” meaning if you eat healthily, you’re more likely to be healthier. Thanks to continued research into better understanding how diet impacts overall health, we now know that nutrition can be used as not only a preventative strategy, but as an

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The Benefits of Alternative Sentencing

Drug addiction often leads to criminal charges when individuals engage in illegal activity to support their habit, but being sentenced with jail or prison time won’t provide the treatment needed to overcome addiction. Alternative sentencing is far more effective and offers many benefits. What Is Alternative Sentencing? Alternative sentencing recognizes

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How to Identify Triggers and Avoid Relapse

Relapse is undesirable, yet very common among those in their first year following completion of addiction treatment. However, relapse can be prevented by knowing how to identify triggers. What Are Triggers? A trigger is something that makes you feel like returning to the misuse of alcohol or drugs. Triggers can

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How to Stage an Intervention

Staging an intervention is one option for those wishing to help a loved one struggling with substance addiction. Its ultimate purpose is to encourage a loved one to seek treatment for their addiction. These suggestions for how to stage an intervention will ensure that this meeting is carefully planned and

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The Harmful Effects of Enabling Addiction

There’s nothing more difficult than watching someone you love struggle with addiction. As a family member or friend, you want to do everything in your power to help them through such a difficult part of life. Yet, in the world of addiction, there’s a fine line between helping and enabling.

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Why Family Therapy Should Be a Part of Treatment

Family group therapy is a vital part of addiction treatment that helps to strengthen the family unit and the individual who is receiving treatment. We explore the importance of including individual and family therapy in addiction recovery. The Effect of Addiction on Families Addiction can affect the health of a

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What to Expect from Inpatient Rehab Treatment

Inpatient rehab is an important step in comprehensive substance abuse treatment. If this is something you’re considering, you may have questions. The following information will outline what makes inpatient treatment effective and how to know if it’s the right choice for you. What Is Inpatient Rehab Treatment? Inpatient rehab involves

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How Does Winter Weather Affect Addiction and Recovery?

As days become shorter and cloudy winter weather patterns take hold, many people feel the effects that weather has on mood. For some people, these “winter blues” become a more serious form of seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Seasonal depression often co-exists with substance use disorders, and both

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How to Make New Year Resolutions You’ll Want to Keep

As the new year approaches, so comes the traditional time to take stock and make a personal commitment in line with your goals. For family members and individuals in recovery, claiming the right to a fresh start is an essential part of addiction treatment. There is no better time to

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How to Support Loved Ones in Recovery Through the Holiday Season

The holidays offer rare opportunities to come together in joy and celebration and can create unique stressors that we all feel as we schedule family gatherings and holiday parties. For those in early recovery who may have recently completed rehab treatment, these celebrations can be daunting and full of challenges

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Health Issues Caused by Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Alcohol or drug addiction has wide-ranging impacts on the body and all of its functional systems, causing specific health problems and mental disorders, as well as changing how the entire body regulates things like appetite and body temperature. When individuals try to stop using a substance, they may face other

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10 Tips for a Sober Holiday Season

The holiday season should be a time for love, understanding, and coming together for all of us. For those recovering from addiction, who may have recently left a rehab center in Los Angeles or their home town, this time of year can present a unique challenge. Many traditional activities involve

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What the Experts Want You to Know About Alternative Sentencing

Alternative sentencing programs around the country provide eligible defendants with less restrictive and more productive environments for rehabilitation. Sometimes called Diversion Programs, they allow individuals to enter drug rehab facilities, undergo mental health treatment, experience house arrest with electronic monitoring, or perform community service. These alternatives help reduce prison overcrowding,

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Benefits of a Long-Term Addiction Treatment Program

Addiction causes changes in the chemical balance of the body and brain, which over time impacts how we think, feel, and behave. Many life factors play into addiction, including stress, past trauma, and depression or anxiety. Long term rehab helps individuals develop positive strategies for coping with these sources of

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Is Relapse a Part of the Recovery Process?

You may have heard from treatment programs and individuals seeking recovery that “relapse is part of the recovery process.” This idea can be confusing to many because it seems to fly in the face of the goals of addiction treatment. How is returning to drug or alcohol use part of

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Sub-Acute vs. Acute Detox: Understanding Medication-Assisted Treatment

Making the decision to break free from the grip of addiction usually means detox as the first step. During the detoxification period, individuals face challenging withdrawal symptoms, which can be dangerous without professional supervision. Drug treatment in Los Angeles and around the country now often includes medication to help reduce

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Alternative Sentencing Rehab: A More In-Depth Look

If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, depending on the nature and severity of the crime, you may be able to request alternative sentencing in certain situations. Alternative sentencing is where the judge would rather attempt to rehabilitate you than send you to jail. You must

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How to Support Your Loved One in Rehab

Having a loved one in rehab can cause you to feel a mix of emotions. While you’re probably happy and relieved that the person you care about is finally getting the help they need, you’re also likely to feel sad because you miss them and maybe even a little worried

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Treatment Guide to the Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Many individuals are challenged with more than one physical or mental health disorder simultaneously. When one of these conditions is the addiction to drugs or alcohol, the other(s) are considered co-occurring disorders. These conditions may be interdependent and require comprehensive treatment programs to allow individuals to recover fully and prevent

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10 Relapse Prevention Strategies

By Dr Keith L. Marshall, Psy.D, LAADC, SUDCC-IV, C.A.T.C-V Accept Yourself and Your Situation: In order to prevent episodes of relapse from happening, it’s essential that you learn how to accept yourself and the situation you’re in. This means not being in denial about your addiction or your recovery. Openly embrace

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Anxiety And Addiction: Which Comes First?

Mental health issues and addiction often go hand-in-hand. For many, addiction can lead to anxiety, depression, and a host of other mental health issues—but just the opposite stands true as well. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 53% of those with a mental health disorder also experience

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What Are the Warning Signs of a Relapse?

After undergoing a drug and alcohol treatment program, it is important to remember your addiction is not cured. Addiction is a life-long struggle to use what you learned to help remain clean and sober. However, relapse is also a common side-effect some people experience when past triggers, stress, anxiety, major

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What is Addiction?

 According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a primary, chronic, neurobiological disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. Addiction is also characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite

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What is Valium Addiction

Valium is an addictive drug that not only poses a serious risk to physical health, but also puts your cognitive health at risk and poses the very real danger of addiction. Addiction can rob you of all that you care about in life and without treatment can go on for

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What is Suboxone?

While not everyone has heard of Suboxone or knows what it is, there are many people who are addicted to this powerful drug and who are in need of help to overcome Suboxone addiction. While there are many people struggling with Suboxone addiction, there are plenty of others for whom

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What is Xanax Addiction?

Xanax is a widely prescribed benzodiazepine that is addictive and easily abused. Because of its mind and mood-altering effects, it has become popular as a recreational drug among teens as well as adults. Xanax addiction is often minimized among its users, a common problem with prescription drugs. People often have

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The Dangers of PCP Addiction

Addiction is a powerful disease that affects people all over the world. It is recognized as a disease because it is chronic, progressive, and deadly. It can be overcome with help, and a recovering addict can go on to lead a productive, healthy, and happy life. Some people believe that

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What is MDMA addiction?

MDMA, or “Ecstasy” is a popular club drug most often used by the younger crowd. Although new “designer drugs” have come along since and risen in popularity, MDMA continues to remain an addictive, dangerous drug. As with so many other drugs, people who begin using it don’t realize the risks,

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Alcohol Addiction

Although drinking alcohol is legal, it is not always safe. Millions of Americans abuse alcohol every day. Alcohol consumption is responsible for countless deaths every year. These deaths are a result of health problems, alcohol poisoning, and accidents. Alcoholism doesn’t just affect the lives of those who drink, either. Accidents caused

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

 When it comes to talking about drugs and addiction, there are few topics more controversial than marijuana. People are extremely divided when it comes to this drug, more so than alcohol, cocaine or opiates. Most people don’t hesitate to admit that alcohol can become a problem, or that opiate painkillers

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Prescription Drug Addiction

Today, prescription medication addiction has become a problem of epidemic proportions. A combination of conditions seems to have created this problem, mainly over-prescribing and the overall popularity of opiates. The fact that prescription drugs don’t carry the same stigma as “street” drugs such as heroin or cocaine also seems to

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What is Heroin Addiction?

If you’re struggling with Heroin Addiction, it can feel like there is no way out. Heroin is a growing problem, especially due to the increasing cases of prescription drug abuse. Many people who are using heroin right now started out by taking prescription opiate painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin. Heroin

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What is Cocaine Addiction?

Cocaine addiction is a serious problem that affects over a million Americans a year. It causes devastating consequences to both the user and their families and friends. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that is highly addicting.  Most cocaine use star­ts as occasional, recreational use. Some people can use cocaine recreationally

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What is crack cocaine addiction?

There are few drugs that have had the impact that crack has in such a relatively short period of time. The speed with which people became addicted, and the level of devastation that came with it have been unprecedented. Although much of the crack “hype” has died down, especially in

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5 Most Abused Party Drugs

When we think of drugs, there are some drugs that immediately come to mind that are thought of as inherently dangerous or very bad. Drugs such as heroin, meth, and crack are often thought of in this light. However, there are other drugs that many people take on a recreational

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6 Tips for Staying Sober in Early Recovery

Have you successfully completed a drug treatment program and are ready to come back home? Getting clean and sober is a tremendous achievement, and you should be tremendously proud of that accomplishment. While you look forward to resuming your day-to- day life you will soon realize that the real work

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Find Help For Prescription Pill Addiction

Over the past few years, the growing epidemic of prescription pill addiction has consistently made front page news. While truly effective when used as prescribed an as part of an overall care program, many prescription pills have a high potential for addiction–and many end of abusing them long after their

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