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What Is Drug Detox?

When an individual is struggling with substance use problems, in many cases, the first step is drug detox. During this process, all of the toxic and addictive chemicals in a patient’s body are allowed to leave, and the patient’s withdrawal symptoms are managed. Successful long-term recovery depends upon ensuring that the drugs to which an…

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6 Tips for Relapse Prevention

Addiction can ruin your life, and recovering isn’t easy. On average, addiction relapse rates range between 40% and 60%. However, you’re likelier to relapse if you don’t follow treatment guidelines or utilize continued care, like sober living programs. One slip-up can restart the addiction cycle without proper support and coping skills. Staying sober and avoiding…

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Participating in Treatment During Sober Living

Why Participating in Treatment During Sober Living is Critical for Recovery Are you in the process of recovery from substance abuse or addiction? The transition can prove to be difficult outside a sober living facility, which helps to avoid relapse. After completing an inpatient rehab program, continue participating in treatment during sober living programs for…

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What to Expect From Sober Living

Often, many people recovering from addiction wonder what to expect from sober living as they leave rehab. A sober living facility, also known as a sober home, is an essential facility for longer-lasting addiction recovery, which is an ongoing process with numerous challenges. The facility provides a safe and sober environment for a successful transition…

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What is Sober Living? All You Need to Know About Sober Living

What Is Sober Living? At a sober living facility, you’ll interact with other residents in workshops, meetings, meals, and other sober living program activities. This social support is ideal in early recovery as all residents struggling with continued abstinence can count on each other. In the District Recovery Community, we’ll help you to overcome the…

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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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Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Treatment of Substance Use Disorders In a recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), substance use disorders (SUDs) were divided into two distinct categories–substance abuse and substance dependence. An individual could receive a current diagnosis of either abuse or dependence (not both) for a single drug class. A current SUD…

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Opioid Prescription Doctor Faces Jail

A Virginia doctor was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Wednesday October 2, 2019, for prescribing a half-million doses of opioids to patients over two years, prosecutors said. Dr. Joel Smithers, 36, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Abingdon. He was found guilty in May of more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing opioids, including oxycodone…