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Terry Hurley
bright pink and purple sky with stars and pink clouds - pink cloud syndrome
Have you ever heard of pink cloud syndrome? It is a phase many people experience in the early stage of their recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Sometimes referred to as pink clouding or the honeymoon phase, pink cloud syndrome involves feelings of exhilaration or euphoria. The person is overjoyed with their recovery. They feel...
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person walking along path through wooded area - exercise and recovery
Addiction to drugs or alcohol takes a toll on your body. In recovery, your body needs time to heal from the damage caused by years of substance abuse and addiction. Exercise benefits everyone, but for those in recovery from addiction, it is essential. Whether you set up a regular exercise routine on your own, join...
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man with PTSD sitting on edge of bed while wife sleeps peacefully - veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
In the United States, the veteran population is one of the highest-risk groups for both addiction and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many veterans struggle with these co-occurring mental health issues and are hesitant to seek help. They have experienced the horrific violence of combat while serving in the military, and these intense experiences can lead...
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support group - people in chairs holding hands - the 12 steps
Recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol is an ongoing process. It does not instantly happen when you complete your treatment. It does not happen a week or a year after you achieve sobriety. Lasting recovery takes a lifelong commitment to doing the work needed to stay sober. You also need a strong support...
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poker table with cards, chips, and dice - substitute addiction
When a person in recovery from drugs or alcohol replaces their addiction with another one, it is called substitute addiction. It is a complex and potentially dangerous phenomenon, and the biggest danger is that in time the person may relapse and go back to their original addiction. Substitute addiction is also referred to as replacement...
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young man talking to counselor - suboxone
Suboxone is a medication used to manage withdrawal from opioid addiction. Although it is used during detox, many people continue using the drug to control withdrawal and cravings throughout their rehab and therapy. And some continue to use the medication for months or years. What Is Suboxone? Suboxone is the brand name for a drug...
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colorful cubes with conversation bubbles on them lying on a bright orange background - drug use
A major public health crisis, addiction affects people of all socioeconomic levels, ethnicities, geographical locations, ages, genders, etc. It knows no boundaries. Although scientific research has helped to decrease the stigma surrounding addiction and drug use, people continue to debate what causes addiction and how it is best treated. We address five commonly debated points...
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scored white and purple tablets on purple background - morphine addiction
What Is Morphine? A prescription narcotic, morphine is most commonly used to treat patients who have been seriously injured, undergone surgery, or experience other forms of severe, moderate, or chronic pain. It is an opiate that occurs naturally in the substance extracted from concentrated poppy straw or the opium poppy plant. Morphine is classified by...
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young woman in hiking clothes sitting, leaned against a large tree in a coniferous forest - stress in recovery
Stress is a part of everyone’s life. Whether it stems from anxiety caused by an upcoming event, a deadline at work, or moments of worry or fear, stress affects everyone physically and mentally. For those in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, managing stress successfully is a crucial part of long-term sobriety. A publication...
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close up of beautiful woman with glass of water, about to take a white pill - Ambien
Ambien is a sleep-inducing prescription medication used to treat chronic insomnia. It is the brand name of the drug zolpidem. A sedative-hypnotic, Ambien is not intended to be used long-term. It is classified by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule IV controlled substance. How Does Ambien Work? When a person takes...
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