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Addiction Treatment
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It’s time to get into drug and alcohol treatment, but you’re worried about having to tell your child that you’ll be leaving them for a while to invest in your health. How much do they need to know? Will they understand? Will they resent you? Will they feel safe and comfortable with whoever cares for...
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Completing a treatment program for drug or alcohol addiction is a great accomplishment. But now it is time to return to work, and you are feeling nervous about making the transition. Returning to work, whether you are going back to the job you had before or starting a new one, is a big step. Be...
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Everything you do, both voluntary and involuntary, is controlled by the most complex organ in your body: the brain. From your breathing and heartbeat to how you walk and talk, your brain controls it all. Not only does it control your every thought, action, and feeling, but your brain also has the amazing ability to...
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Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a chronic brain disease. Like other chronic diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes, addiction is treatable but not curable. But with dedication and hard work, long-term addiction recovery is possible. Not All Addiction Treatment Is the Same The aim of every addiction treatment program is to help individuals...
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pretty young blonde woman talking to her friend - cognitive behavioral therapy and addiction
Cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, is a type of talk therapy used to treat individuals in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. CBT focuses on how a person’s behaviors and feelings are influenced by their thoughts. What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based, goal-oriented, short-term form of psychotherapy...
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Frequently used in drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of psychotherapy, or talk therapy. It is used to help individuals with substance use disorders become aware of their negative or inaccurate thinking. They are then able to view stressful or challenging situations more clearly and respond to...
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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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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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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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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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