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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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Outpatient Treatment and Sober Living

According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 19.7 million Americans aged 12 years and above struggle with substance use disorders every year. These numbers are alarming, and every member of society should play a part to ensure the trend stops. As such, people who are struggling with addiction should…

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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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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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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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Top 10 Famous Addiction Recovery Stories

There are millions of addiction recovery stories, but not enough are covered in the media – except when it involves a celebrity. Here are some of our favorite famous addiction recovery stories. Celebrities are humans, just like us, and despite their fame, money and cool occupation, many celebrities have gone on to suffer from an…

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Opioid Deaths Have Fallen – Or Have They?

Preliminary data shows that opioid deaths have fallen (maybe) by 5 percent in 2018 — the first drop in overdose deaths since the country’s opioid epidemic began in the 1990s. The statistics about opioid abuse in general are shocking. The data, first reported by the New York Times, seems like good news. A 5 percent…

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Substance Abuse and Homelessness

Substance Abuse and Homelessness For years, scientists, government agencies and others have been studying the link between substance abuse and homelessness. The two are directly related and studies reaffirm this. For example: substance abuse can lead to homelessness and vice versa. That’s probably no surprise to anyone, especially if you’ve seen celebrities struggle with addiction.…

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Questions to Ask Your Treatment Provider

Questions to Ask Your Treatment Provider If you’re thinking about going to or sending someone into treatment, you need to know what questions to ask your treatment provider. This is the minimum amount of due diligence that must be done to ensure any reasonable chance of success. There are many reasons that getting it right…

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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…