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Five Books To Get You Or a Loved One Through Recovery

Not everyone likes to read – we understand that. However, there are some great books about recovery that should compel you to want to take it up again. After all, if you’re sitting in rehab or undergoing substance abuse treatment, you’ve probably got some free time and you could sure use some encouragement, right? For…

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Tips For Visiting a Loved One In Sober Living

When a loved one is recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, chances are pretty good that they’ll end up in a sober living facility at some point. In Southern California for example, one finding a sober living facility in Orange County is easy. What draws recovery patients to Orange County sober living facilities is the…

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Is Marijuana Addiction Real?

Is marijuana addiction a possibility? Studies point to some interesting findings. Back in early 2018, National Institute on Drug Abuse released findings that suggest 30 percent of those who use marijuana may have some degree of “marijuana use disorder.” The study also suggested that who use marijuana before age 18 are four to seven times more likely…

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Signs and Symptoms of Narcotic Addiction

Recognizing an Addiction Problem Identifying the signs of narcotic addiction isn’t difficult provided you know what to look for. Unfortunately, most people have no idea what those signs look like because they’ve never been around people suffering from addiction. First, you must know what addiction is as there are differences between substance use and substance…

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The Difference Between Substance Abuse, Abuse and Addiction

Substance Abuse vs Addiction: Understanding the Differences Substance abuse and substance addiction are terms that are sometimes used interchangeably. The truth is that people who are addicted to substances and people who abuse substances are quite different. While both actions can have consequences in an individual’s life, understanding the difference between substance abuse vs addiction…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping an Alcoholic

When alcoholism has taken hold of a loved one, their addiction can be overwhelming. Knowing how to help an alcoholic requires a bit of homework and research. At first, families struggle to cope with the lies and self-destructive behaviors, not to mention the denial. Their actions or inaction may challenge your sanity and the consequences…

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How to Raise Your Dopamine Levels WITHOUT Drugs

Understanding how to raise your dopamine levels helps to treat depression, one of the core contributors to addiction. Controlling the release of dopamine is and making those dopamine receptors happy is important to maintain a healthy balance in one’s life. Treating a dopamine deficiency can provide you with more energy and greater happiness. In fact, one…

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What Are the Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders With Substance Abuse?

Some of the most common co-occurring disorders found in chemically dependent people include mood and anxiety disorders. An even higher percentage of people with severe mental illness also have co-occurring disorders that are substance abuse related. Called severe because of the severity and length of episodes of illness, these mental health disorders include schizophrenia and…

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Recognizing The Risk Factors For Addiction

It’s been said that most people are predisposed to certain traits or activities. Some people might have bouts with depression, some might have anger issues or some people might be temperamental. Others may have difficulty with anxiety. Still others might have a predisposition to addiction in one form or another. Addiction risk factors include far…