Family Members Hurt by Addiction

For the family members of a patient, the ravages of disease can causes a tremendous amount of trauma. When the disease is substance addiction, it can cause a crisis in all aspects of a family’s life, including physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual.  Addiction is like a wildfire destroying everything around it as it grows. Fortunately, professional […]

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A Life without Drugs

A simple solution for recovery from drug or alcohol addiction doesn’t exist. No easy treatment exists, but few conflicts in come with a one-and-done resolution. Part of the solution at Bradford is realizing the only thing constant in life is change. Recovery is about understanding life on life’s terms, and changing what doesn’t work so we all […]

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Drug Tolerance

Think of the first time you drank a cup of coffee. Did you feel more wired than you do when you drink a cup now? Maybe you have to drink two, three, or more cups of coffee before even feeling the caffeine take effect. This happens because you have a drug tolerance to caffeine, and […]

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Legalization of Marijuana Forum

Forty-five years ago, 84% of Americans were opposed to the legalization of marijuana. Our perception of ‘weed’ has changed quite as bit since then. Washington and Colorado have completely legalized the drug, and an additional 15 states have decriminilzed it. More people support legalization of marijuana- 54% of Americans support legalization, and 46% are opposed. […]

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What is Denial?

What is Denial? Denial is a defense mechanism that becomes a huge obstacle to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. While outsiders can see the damage drug and alcohol abuse, the person with an addiction seems completely blind to ruin in their life. Both sides feel blame and resentment, making reconciliation seem impossible. Don’t lose […]

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Create and Maintain a Support System

Creating and maintaining a support system is critical for both the treatment and recovery process. You need a support system in place to guide you through treatment and help you remain sober. While many people can help you achieve a strong support system, there are three distinct groups of people that should be included: addiction […]

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Depression Symptoms

Knowing depression symptoms and signs will help you identify a problem before it gets out of hand. Too many people suffer from this treatable mental illness. Many people with chemical dependency (addiction) use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate underlying problems. Although they may feel better for a short time, drug and alcohol abuse will ultimately […]

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The Three Benefits of Residential Treatment

Residential treatment (inpatient) of drug or alcohol addiction is often more successful than outpatient care. Being in a program 24 hours a day, 7 days a week may seem daunting, but this sober environment is essential to battling drug or alcohol addiction. People who go through residential treatment have a better chance of getting to long-term […]

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Overcome Obsession

Addiction is both a physical and psychological condition. More often than not, addressing the physical aspects of your addiction is far more straightforward than contending with the psychological components. That is why overcoming the obsession of using drugs and/or alcohol is largely a psychological and emotional process. When you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, […]

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Are Women Less Likely to Become Addicted?

VIDEO: Ellen Ovson, M.D. speaks on women and drug use. Nine Quick Facts: Women are more likely voice concerns at the Doctor’s office, and therefore are more likely to receive addictive prescriptions. Anti-depressents, painkillers, and ADD/ADHD are the most commonly abused classes of prescription medication. Over 1.2 million women abused prescription drugs for the first […]

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James Overcame a Family History of Alcoholism

The illness of chemical dependency is not genetic. However, having a family history of addiction or alcoholism does make someone more susceptible to the disease.Recent research shows some genes that lead to addiction can be passed from parent to child. People growing up around people with addiction often learn poor coping habits and experience trauma that […]

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