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Terry Hurley
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Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a dangerous chronic disease that changes the way a person behaves, feels, and thinks. It is painful to watch a loved one struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction. You instinctively want to help, to fix things. But nothing you have done has helped. You feel powerless. Unfortunately, helping...
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Being in recovery from an alcohol or drug addiction is a lifelong process. Each coping skill and tool learned along the way contributes to your sobriety. One skill to add to your toolkit is mindfulness. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware and present in the moment without any judgment. To learn...
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Under the DEA’s Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance. Schedule I substances have a high potential for abuse and currently do not have any accepted medical use. Despite this fact, as of August 2022, marijuana has been legalized for medical use in 38 states and for recreational purposes in 19...
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When a person chooses a treatment center for addiction, they have taken a big step toward changing their life. Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction takes hard work and commitment. The individual must be willing to make all the necessary changes to become sober. Once they arrive at their residential treatment center, one of the...
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Anyone can develop a drug or alcohol addiction regardless of their beliefs, social status, background, or ethnicity. It can be hard to understand why one person is more susceptible to addiction than another. Research shows biological and personal factors make some people more prone to developing a substance use disorder. Addiction Risk Factors & Prevention...
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Stress is unavoidable. It is a part of everyone’s life. But if you are in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, stress can cause relapse. Knowing healthy ways to manage stress is crucial to maintaining your sobriety. Addiction & Stress When a person uses drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, their brain releases...
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Everyone needs to develop healthy, nutritious eating habits. But for those in recovery from a substance use disorder, eating a healthy balanced diet is a critical part of their sobriety. Addiction to drugs or alcohol takes a toll on the person’s body and brain. When an individual is actively using drugs or drinking alcohol, they...
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attractive man in his thirties holding a glass of whiskey with his hand on his head, looking concerned - alcohol use
Alcohol Use: When Is It a Problem? It is not uncommon for a person who struggles with alcohol use to deny they have a drinking problem. Sometimes, their family and friends can see they are struggling with alcohol use. Other times, the person themselves may wonder if their alcohol consumption has crossed the line. Warning...
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handsome middle age businessman stressed and leaning his head and hands on a whiteboard at work - dry drunk syndrome
When a person suffering from alcohol addiction stops drinking, they have taken the first step toward recovery. But maintaining sobriety is a process that takes hard work and daily commitment. One potential challenge for newly sober individuals is what is known as dry drunk syndrome. What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome? When a person has stopped...
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pretty woman holding a clipboard with a family in the background sitting in a circle - intervention for addiction
Watching a loved one struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol is a heartbreaking, painful experience. You want to help, but you do not know what to do. You feel helpless as you watch them destroying their lives. You have tried talking to them, but they refuse to listen. When your loved one denies...
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