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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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Six Ways to be Supportive of a Significant Other Who is in Recovery

To support an addict in recovery means that friends, loved ones and family members must come together and develop a plan. Most important to the success is the attitude and support of an addict’s spouse or significant other. The recovery can be a long process and it takes a toll on those who are patiently…

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Can You Get Addicted to Methadone?

Methadone is a drug that is commonly given to people who are receiving treatment for heroin addiction. This process is controversial, as some claim that those who are prescribing methadone are simply swapping one addiction for another. But is methadone addictive? Chemically, methadone is very similar to morphine, a drug which is itself extremely addictive…

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The Different Types of Therapy That Can Help With Addiction

The Different Types of Therapy That Can Help With Addiction The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has explored many of the different types of therapy that can help with addiction based on data that has been collected for the past 40 years. These principles are engineered improve the odds of success in treatment by…

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Xanax Addiction: The Risks and Side Effects of Xanax Abuse

Many people are affected by Xanax addiction. It is a growing problem in the United States. According to information from the Treatment Episode Data Set Report in 2011, nearly 61,000 individuals sought drug abuse treatment for addiction to Xanax and other benzodiazepines. This is a marked increase from the nearly 23,000 individuals who sought treatment for…

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The Sober Living Environment

What are Sober Living Environments Really Like? A sober living environment is designed to accommodate those who want to maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs. Addicts in recovery who might otherwise experience serious difficulty in maintaining abstinence find that being in a stable, drug-free environment following treatment is better for them. Sober living environments were…

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Employment for Recovering Addicts: Tips & Advice

One of the many questions people have about sober living is how to address employment for recovering addicts. As addicts begin the process of recovery, sooner or later their attention will shift to the necessities of daily life. Although learning how to embrace a sober lifestyle and building a new and healthy life that revolves around recovery becomes…