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09
Jul

What Are Some Alternatives to 12-Step Programs?

There’s no one way to get sober. For many years, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and similar 12-Step programs have been an important part of addiction management and recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Spiritual in nature, 12-Step programs ask their members to turn over their lives to a higher power. For some people, this concept...
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26
Jun

Holistic Treatment for Addiction: What You Need to Know

When it comes to recovery, abstinence is only the beginning. Holistic treatments focus on healing a person’s mind, body, and spirit. This promotes lasting sobriety by turning attention away from substance abuse and towards a wellness-focused lifestyle. Benefits of Holistic Treatment in Addiction Recovery Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is typically considered the cornerstone of treatment...
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21
Jun

Exploring the Connection Between Addiction and Trauma

According to the US National Library of Medicine, traumatic life experiences are considered a major health problem and occur at an alarmingly high rate. Research has shown that when a person has exposure to traumatic life experiences, they have a higher probability of developing a substance use disorder. This is especially true if the traumatic...
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11
Jun

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Addiction

Speaking Up If you’re worried about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, it’s important to voice your concerns. Even if you feel as though it’s not your place to say anything, remaining silent only allows the addiction to progress. These tips will help you start a meaningful dialogue that encourages your loved one to...
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28
May

Masculinity and Addiction: Do Traditional Roles Set Men up for It?

An Overview Men have traditionally been the ones who have taken on the role of the family breadwinner, protector, and head of the household. Along with these responsibilities comes a lot of messages about what it means to be a man. Some of these messages teach a young man about being honest, hardworking, and respecting...
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16
May

Does Stigma of Substance Abuse Hit Women Harder?

Even though we’ve come a long way toward accepting that addiction is a disease requiring professional treatment, we still haven’t done away with certain stigmas attached to it. One of them has to do with how we view women living with substance abuse compared to men who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Addiction Stigma...
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08
May

Childcare Needs and Substance Abuse Treatment

For parents who are seeking substance abuse treatment, one of the most important considerations is making appropriate childcare arrangements. Someone who is the primary caregiver for young children has to ensure that they are being looked after by a responsible person before finalizing arrangements to check in to a residential drug and alcohol program. There...
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28
Apr

Potential Pregnancy Complications from Heroin Abuse

More than half of pregnant women take some type of drug (prescription, over the counter, or illicit), use tobacco, or drink alcohol at some point before they deliver. Even the most careful mother-to-be may use something before she discovers that she’s pregnant. Heroin abuse, however, can have particularly devastating consequences. Pregnant Women May be Reluctant...
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19
Apr

Are You Helping or Enabling Your Addicted Loved One?

How can you be sure that you are really helping your addicted loved one? Are there ways that you can tell when you may be close to stepping over the line into enabling him or when you have already crossed it? At times it can be difficult for those closest to someone who is struggling...
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