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The 3 Stages of Relapse

While many people believe substance abuse relapse is a brief, single occurrence, there are actually three stages of relapse – emotional relapse, mental relapse, and physical relapse.  Addiction recovery is an ongoing process rather than a time-limited event like detox or withdrawal. Unfortunately, data shows that between 40% and 60% of those in recovery will…

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The Relationship Between PTSD and Substance Abuse

PTSD and substance abuse are strongly linked, with up to 50% of those seeking substance abuse treatment meeting the criteria for lifetime PTSD.  Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly abbreviated to PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that sometimes develops after someone witnesses or experiences a traumatic event. Although PTSD is often associated with combat veterans, this condition…

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Addiction vs. Dependence: Levels of Substance Abuse

Addiction vs. dependence causes widespread confusion, partly because these terms are often used interchangeably when there are some core differences between these concepts.  Addiction and dependence are separate conditions both relating to substance abuse. Today’s guide will clarify this distinction.   Is Dependence the Same as Addiction? According to NIDA (the National Institute on Drug…