Drug Education Strategies

  Drug education programs have come a long way since the “Just Say No” campaign of the 80’s. As a society we understand a lot more about mental health, substance abuse, and addiction. We have learned that none of these are simple issues and words like “denial,” “intervention,” and “self-medicating” have become part of our […]

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Tough Love and Tough Choices

Tough Love and Tough Choices Making the Tough Choice to Persist with Tough Love A patient’s family or friends sometimes have to show tough love so that the truth of substance abuse comes out. It is a way to show you love someone enough to stop supporting their destructive habits and start supporting their health. […]

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Recovery is a Journey

 “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  The journey of recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism can be a great journey indeed. People struggling with chemical dependency may see their individual journey through treatment to recovery as a million mile trek through harsh terrain. Addiction, however, is a dark cloud that follows […]

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Meditation in Addiction Recovery

Meditation in Addiction Recovery Finding much needed clarity, stillness, and strength. Meditation factors into each person’s recovery process differently. While some people may find that immersing themselves into a particular religion with formal ritual and prayer is an essential component of a successful treatment and recovery process, others may find non-traditional spiritual forms and practices […]

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Athletes with Addiction

Drugs and Alcohol in the Intense World of Sports Whether at the high-school, collegiate, or professional levels there is tremendous pressure on athletes to be the best. Fans, family, coaches, and teammates push the already competitively natured athlete to become seemingly super-human. Some, even those who never thought they would, turn to drugs as performance […]

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Is it a Slip or Relapse

Is it a Slip or Relapse in Substance Addiction? Is a slip and relapse the same thing? Many people in recovery hear the terms slip and relapse, and wonder if they are the same thing. Sometimes slip and relapse are used interchangeably, so it can be confusing. Some addicts see them as the same thing, […]

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How to Support those in Recovery

  How to Support Those in Recovery Learn, Listen, and Love When our loved ones enter addiction recovery, we want to do everything we can to prevent a relapse. Through learning, listening, and loving you can provide the support your loved one needs. 1. Learn You should not only support your loved one’s efforts to […]

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Damaged Organs in Drug and Alcohol Abuse

There are 10 major organ systems in the human body, and unsurprisingly, drug and alcohol abuse affects each of them negatively. When one or more of these organs are damaged, you risk serious chronic conditions and death. Below is a short synopsis of what happens to major organs when alcohol and drugs are abused. Skeletal […]

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Pain Management and Chemical Dependency

  Pain Management and Chemical Dependency A chemical dependency to prescription medication can develop whether or not you have a history of addiction. In particular, medications for pain management can quickly become addictive. These prescriptions contain opioids that treat acute pain after an operation or injury and the severe, chronic and debilitating pain associated with illnesses such as […]

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Substance Abuse vs Addiction?

  Substance Abuse vs Addiction? Understanding the Difference Between Abuse and Addiction Substance abuse and substance addiction are often used interchangeably. In reality, people addicted to substances and people who abuse substances are different. While both have adverse effects on an individual’s life, knowing the difference between abuse vs addiction will help you understand and […]

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