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Sandy Baker
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Drug and alcohol addiction treatment isn’t a simple, straight path but one that often has a number of twists and turns as a person works toward healing. The healing process takes a lot of tools – highly skilled therapists, a wide range of treatment techniques, and, perhaps most importantly, time. Making the decision to enter...
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How do you tell someone you need help with your drug use? You don’t have to wait until someone asks you to start the conversation. In fact, if you’re ready to get help, you don’t even have to tell anyone if you don’t want to do so. You can reach out to our team at...
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Pain medications called opioids are highly effective at reducing instances of pain after medical treatment, surgical procedures, or other injuries. There are a number of types of opioids, and some of them carry a much higher risk of addiction than others. If you are using prescription or illegal forms of opioids, it’s essential to know...
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Recognizing that you’re battling addiction isn’t easy to do. Even if you know you are addicted and need help, it’s emotionally challenging to admit that to yourself–and to others. Addiction is a disease and should be thought of and treated like one. Like any disease, it is a battle that requires professional care and a...
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It’s time to get into drug and alcohol treatment, but you’re worried about having to tell your child that you’ll be leaving them for a while to invest in your health. How much do they need to know? Will they understand? Will they resent you? Will they feel safe and comfortable with whoever cares for...
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You’re excited about your loved one leaving rehab to come home. You may be feeling many other emotions as well: optimism, anxiety, hope, resentment. Your loved one feels the same mix of emotions. Often, they are excited about being home and empowered, knowing they made it through treatment. At the same time, they may have...
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girl coping relapse prevention
Addiction recovery isn’t always a straight line from start to finish. Many people struggle with relapse, which occurs when they begin using drugs or alcohol again. Relapse isn’t a failure: it’s an indication that additional treatment and support are needed. The treatment process teaches tools and strategies to avoid relapse, often as part of a...
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Addiction is a profound and complicated condition, one that is not always easy to understand. It is not uncommon for a person with an alcohol or drug addiction to find themselves wondering why. Why is this happening? Why do I keep turning to these substances when I know the damage they are causing? Why can’t...
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Take a moment to step back and think about all of the work you’ve done during your drug and alcohol treatment thus far. It’s incredible how much you have changed yourself to accomplish sobriety because you want and deserve a better future. Now, think about why you are here. What brought you to this point?...
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urge surfing cravings addiction treatment
The journey through recovery has many ups and downs, times when you’ll feel confident and powerful and times when you’ll feel like relapse is imminent. Much like riding waves as a surfer, cravings and urges to use can swell up and come crashing down on you. How do you deal with that? One approach is...
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