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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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The Power of Group Therapy

How Group Therapy Helps In Recovery During recovery, patients go through several types of therapy. Some of it is done in individual counseling sessions where a single client meets with a therapist or counselor. During these sessions, the counselor can start to get a better understanding of how the client’s background and tendencies have been…

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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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Seven Things Recovering Addicts Want You to Know

What Recovering Addicts Want You To Know Recovering addicts are often looked upon with consternation, largely due to misconceptions or generalization. If you ever had the opportunity to sit and talk with someone in this position, here is what recovering addicts want you to know: They never chose to become an addict. Although they chose…

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Millennials, Marijuana and Brain Damage

Many years ago, in the 1930s cult classic Reefer Madness, marijuana users were portrayed as violent hooligans.  More recent (and more scientific) examination of marijuana and brain damage suggests that for young people, there are concerns. Studies suggest that marijuana could cause significant and irreparable damage. In some cases, the symptoms resemble schizophrenia,. This, according to…

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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…

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Methadone vs Suboxone vs Vivitrol: Which is Right for You?

Generally speaking, there are currently three types of medications that are U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved to combat opioid addiction: Methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol. These medications come in different forms: pills, dissolvable films and liquids. Studies have shown that these medications when used in conjunction with addiction recovery treatment can raise the one-year sobriety…