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Terry Hurley
older man doing cocaine and drinking - Polysubstance Abuse
What Is Polysubstance Abuse? Polysubstance abuse occurs when a person is dependent on two or more substances or groups of substances. In some cases, individuals use two or more drugs at the same time or are addicted to or dependent on multiple drugs. Others take a drug to counteract the side effects of one they...
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digital overlay of the human body on hospital corridor - alcohol
Alcohol & the Body Alcohol is a powerful drug that can have harmful effects on every organ and system in the body. Long-term chronic drinking, heavy drinking, or binge drinking can lead to alcohol dependence and addiction. Once an individual has an alcohol use disorder, the adverse effects of the drug have accumulated over time...
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young man and young woman recording a podcast in an office or studio - recovery podcasts
Recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction does not end when you leave rehab. Maintaining your sobriety is a day-to-day process that takes work. When you make the life-changing decision to live your life free of alcohol or drugs, you need to use all the resources you have available to safeguard your sobriety. Listening to...
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young woman with her hand covering her face - hydrocodone addiction
What Is Hydrocodone? A semi-synthetic medication, hydrocodone is classified as a narcotic drug. It is an opiate analgesic that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. This painkiller is a DEA Schedule II controlled substance. Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse and addiction, may lead to severe physical or...
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young man petting a lovely tan horse on the nose - experiential therapy
What do you picture when you think about therapy? Most people picture talking to a therapist in an office. Although that is the case for many types of therapy, experiential therapy is different. Instead of in an office, experiential therapy may take place in a horse stable, an art studio, or on a wilderness hiking...
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beer bottle spilled over on table with spilled beer in shape of a broken heart - children of alcoholics
Adult Children of Alcoholics One out of every five adults in the United States lived with an alcoholic in their household growing up. Whether it was their mother, father, guardian, or relative, these children faced a higher risk for developing emotional problems than those raised in homes where alcoholism was not present. As adult children...
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attractive couple holiday shopping in store - holiday gift ideas
Looking for Holiday Gift Ideas for Someone in Recovery? As the holiday season quickly approaches, you may be thinking about finding the perfect gift for your loved ones. If someone on your gift-giving list is in recovery, here are some great holiday gift ideas that show you care about the person and support their dedication...
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pretty young woman in a plaid shirt writing in her journal at home - journaling
Journaling allows you to safely express your private thoughts and feelings through writing. Those in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction can use journaling to process their emotions and promote healing. Writing or recording your emotions and thoughts provides a sense of release and freedom. In your journal, you can express your happiness, sadness,...
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grayscale digital illustration of a woman covering her face with her hand in frustration or defeat - PAWS
Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Most people are aware that when a person drastically reduces or stops using drugs or drinking alcohol, they experience withdrawal symptoms. This initial phase of symptoms is called acute withdrawal and can last from a few days to several weeks. While some people may recover from addiction and leave withdrawal symptoms behind,...
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old film sign showing the number six - addiction recovery
Addiction Recovery Documentaries Documentaries about addiction and recovery can be very powerful. The drug epidemic, substance use disorders, and addiction recovery are often the subject of the powerful messages of these films. These films help viewers understand how addiction makes a person feel and how it affects their family and others around them. They shed...
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