If my parent has an addiction, will I have one too?

It’s natural to wonder if you will become an addict if you were raised by someone with a substance abuse problem. Genetic and environmental factors do predispose individuals to addiction, but they do not determine your fate. Children of addicts should be more thoughtful about their relationship to drugs and alcohol. Vigilance can prevent the […]

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Understanding the Disease of Addiction

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines disease, from the French root “des,” without, and “ease,” as a condition of the living animal or plant body or one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms. Modern science now looks upon substance abuse and chemical dependence as a disease as well […]

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Family Involvement in Addiction Treatments

Chemical dependency doesn’t just affect the person with the substance problem – it affects the entire family (a loose term, which usually includes close friends). Quite often, family members do not realize how much their loved one’s addiction has affected their relationships, finances, domestic life, and external appearances. Once the extent of the damage is […]

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Legal Consequences of Addiction

Addiction changes a person’s mood, behavior, and personality. Often times these people make poor choices with legal consequences. Finding addiction treatment while in jail or an institution is difficult for most patients, but there are options for your loved ones. Whether he or she is involved in drug, property, personal, traffic, financial, or a combination […]

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The Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Treatment

Many addictions begin as a coping mechanism or a way of filling a spiritual void. As a result, people in treatment for addiction must learn to deal with their emotions and environment in healthier ways. Practicing yoga is an excellent complement to conventional chemical dependency treatment. A 12-step program and the eight-fold path of yoga […]

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Meth Abuse and Addiction

Methamphetamine or “meth” is a neurotoxin sold as a mind-altering and stimulant drug. Meth is manufactured in illegal labs and is highly addictive. Street names for meth include “speed”, “ice”, “glass” and “crystal”. How people become addicted to Methamphetamine Meth addiction is now the largest pandemic gripping the United States. As of 2012, there were […]

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Types of Drug Testing

Drug testing analyzes an individual’s sample for substances found in marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, opium, steroids, and other commonly abused drugs. Typically, a 10 Panel Urine Screen is ordered, but in addition to urine, hair, blood, sweat, or oral fluid can be screened. Hair typically holds traces of abused substances longest, followed by blood […]

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Polysubstance Addiction

Identifying, Understanding, and Treating Polysubstance Addiction Polysubstance dependence is officially defined as abusing three or more substances for a period of 12 months or more. Clinically speaking, there is not one predominant substance being abused. Therefore, someone may not meet the diagnostic criteria for addiction to a particular, single substance, but would meet the criteria […]

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Living just for Today

Believing in oneself is an essential component to the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Patients in recovery will begin to look healed, and the their physical symptoms will subside. However, addiction is a lifelong disease and the potential to relapse is never gone. For this reason, those in recovery must have a proactive plan […]

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You Can Help

    Someone suffering from chemical dependency cannot stop using drugs or alcohol on his or her own. The addict may realize that the situation has spun out of control, but will not be able to change their ways by themselves. Addiction is a disease that needs medical treatment and a strong support system. You […]

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