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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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