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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What is Chemical Dependency?

  Chemical dependency is a primary disease in which a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol.  People with chemical dependency continue to use drug or alcohol, even knowing that continued use causes damages to their bodies, families, finances, and all other aspects of life. This is not because they want to destroy their lives; most […]

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Overcome Resentment

Resentment comes from holding negative feelings, such as anger or displeasure, towards someone or something because of bad situation actually or thought to be caused by that person or thing. Clinging to resentment effects individuals emotionally and physically, and damages relationships with others. With someone struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, resentment may be a […]

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Elizabeth Overcame Shame

It is amazing how quickly substance abuse can overshadow our dreams and overtake our lives.  People with addictions know how drugs and alcohol breed shame and guilt. Too often, they listen to those feelings of inadequacy, and do not seek help. Elizabeth Chance shared her story with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admistration […]

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