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Is Alcoholism Genetic?

Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain, affecting the reward and motivation centers, and it is also a genetic problem. Indeed, scientists have argued about the genetic and hereditary influences on addiction for decades. To truly understand the influence of genetics and heredity, we must understand the difference between the two. Alcohol use disorder,…

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What Is IOP?

An IOP or intensive outpatient program is a form of outpatient rehab proven effective for treating mild substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder. For most moderate or severe addictions, residential rehab, also known as inpatient treatment, is typically the most effective delivery method for treatment. This also applies when you need medical detox, or…

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The Connection Between Anxiety and Addiction

With an estimated 40 million Americans suffering from an anxiety disorder and over 20 million diagnosed with substance use disorder, both anxiety and addiction are widespread. The conditions are also inextricably linked. ADDA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) data shows that 20% of Americans with an anxiety disorder or mood disorder also have a…

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A Definitive Guide to Group Therapy

If you’re struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may find the idea of opening up emotionally to a therapist or counselor tough at first, even in individual therapy sessions. How about group therapy, though? Maybe the idea of sharing deeply personal experiences in front of strangers gives you cause for concern. Perhaps you’re…

Signs of Substance Abuse in Youth

Youth substance abuse can increase the likelihood of a teen developing an addiction to drink or drugs when they reach adulthood. Substance use disorder is becoming more prevalent in schools as shows and media demonstrate false glorification of the effects of drug usage. It’s important, though to make a distinction between the routine use of…

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How to Choose a Rehab Center for Teenagers?

According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 164.8 million US citizens aged 12 and over used substances or alcohol in the past month. That’s a staggering 60.2% of Americans. Early intervention and treatment in rehab center for teenagers will increase the chances of them leading a positive and healthy life. Although…

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Signs Your Teen Suffers From Drug Addiction

Discerning whether your teen suffers from drug addiction can be challenging. Adolescence is normally accompanied by new emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Therefore, you might interpret your teen’s shift in behavior as typical adolescence while it is a result of drug addiction. You can find out if they are indeed using drugs by asking direct questions.…

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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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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…