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Abstinence vs. Harm Reduction: What Is the Right Choice for Addiction Treatment?

Abstinence-based addiction treatment is based on the idea that there is no “safe” amount of drinking or drug use for people in recovery. Addiction is a chronic disease whose symptoms can be controlled. However, the condition cannot be cured since relapse is always a possibility. Harm reduction is not a treatment method. Instead, it is...
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Packing for Rehab: What Items to Leave at Home

If you’re getting ready to go to rehab or you’re helping a loved one prepare to go into a drug and alcohol treatment center, you need to know that certain items are not allowed for clients in treatment. Some of them are barred for health and security reasons, while others are not permitted because they...
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Art Therapy for Healing Addiction

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to describe someone with a substance abuse issue as being a person who holds a lot of emotions inside. In fact, one of the common reasons cited for starting to use drugs or alcohol is to cope with negative emotions. Learning healthy ways to process your feelings is...
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5 Ways to Prevent Relapse After Leaving Treatment

At first glance, you may think the initial stages of drug and alcohol treatment are the most challenging part of getting clean and sober. Once someone “graduates” from rehab, they must have recovery figured out and it’s smooth sailing from then on, right? Wrong! Life after leaving rehab can be very challenging for addicts who...
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Adderall Addiction: What You Need to Know

Adderall is a medication that has become synonymous with college students looking to get better grades, but it’s much more than just a “smart pill” and must be treated with respect. Anyone thinking about taking Adderall without a prescription or at higher doses than prescribed by their doctor is putting themselves at risk for addiction...
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Codependency and Substance Abuse Influence Family Relationships

Most people would agree that loving someone means being prepared to be part of their life during good and bad times. When someone we care about is facing a personal challenge, we step up to do whatever we can to help them. Our hope is that the people we are closest to would do the...
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Gender Specific Addiction Treatment for Men: Behavioral Health Considerations

Men and women have different needs when seeking addiction treatment. More men than women are in treatment programs. Once they enter treatment, gender roles and expectations have a bearing on men’s level of discomfort in relationships with therapists and other clients. Men More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol than Women Gender plays a role in...
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How to Choose a Substance Abuse Treatment Center

If you are looking for a substance abuse treatment center for a loved one, how do you make a decision? Depending on where you live, there are probably several options in your state. To develop a “short list” for more serious evaluation, you need to so some homework. Make a List of Questions to Ask...
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Advantages of a Residential Recovery Program

If you are considering options for drug and alcohol addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one, a residential recovery program is definitely worth considering. This treatment approach offers clients a number of advantages that make it a good choice in many situations. Consider this option carefully to determine whether it would be a good...
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Gender-Specific Treatment for Women: Offering Help Targeted to Their Needs

Researchers have discovered that there are differences in the way women and men experience substance abuse. Women are more likely to become addicted to certain types of drugs and experience different biological effects. They may also experience different barriers to seeking treatment than men. Since gender plays a different role for them in substance abuse,...
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