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Addiction and Your Physical Health

The COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) has gone from a Chinese epidemic to a global one. Confirmed cases are in each of the United States with numbers that are flying upward. Many states are trying to take a proactive approach to quarantine the virus and do things ranging from closing non-essential businesses where people typically congregate, such…

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Stages of Addiction

Addiction can develop in stages as drug or alcohol use becomes more problematic and dysfunctional. The stages of addiction listed below are a roadmap, but like with any disease, an individual’s personal experience will be unique. Experimentation and Initial Use The first steps toward addiction generally involve an initial use of alcohol or drugs and…

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Depressants vs Stimulants

Stimulants and depressants are the two major categories of addictive drugs. While depressants slow down the central nervous system, stimulants speed it up. Understanding the effects of depressants vs stimulants enables you to recognize signs of an overdose, addiction, and abuse. Recreational drug use has become common especially among men.  Some of the commonly abused…

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Depression and Drug Addiction

Depression and Drug Addiction Substance abuse intensifies the symptoms of depression and leads to other conditions like brain damage. Most elements of depression go hand in hand with the signs of drug addiction. This is why one should seek proper treatment and care for both disorders. Depression and drug addiction can cause individuals to isolate…

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Signs of a High Functioning Addict

A person who can function while addicted to drugs presents a special and unique kind of risk because they often can mask their addiction. Friends and family might have little idea of the turmoil that their loved one faces. Recognizing the signs of a high functioning drug addict is essential to get them help and address the…

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What is Sober Living?

Although addiction is a chronic disease, recovery is possible. Treatment helps teach you how to manage your symptoms and cope with cravings, as well as how to repair damage caused by your addiction. Treatment can include options like residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and sober living. But what is sober living, and how can it help…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Sober Living

One of the biggest hurdles to recovering from an addiction or substance abuse disorder is that you can continue to experience symptoms long after your last use. Relapse is common during recovery, as 40%-60% of people recovering from addiction experience at least one relapse. A relapse occurs when you begin abusing drugs or alcohol after…

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Characteristics to Look for in a Sober Living Home

Although you can fully recover from addiction and achieve lifelong recovery, addiction has no known cure. That means taking your treatment seriously is essential to your recovery. Inpatient and outpatient programs provide you with the skills and tools necessary to prepare for life without drugs and alcohol. Sober living is a great way to support…

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Do I Need Sober Living?

Adjusting to life after addiction is difficult. You have to learn how to avoid caving to triggers and cravings. Sober living is an excellent option following treatment, especially if you have struggled with maintaining your sobriety before. If you’re wondering do I need sober living, chances are you could benefit from sober living options. Learning…