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Moderation Management: Does Controlled Drinking Work?

Moderation Management: Does Controlled Drinking Work? There’s a common saying in 12 step meetings: “Once you’re a pickle, you can’t turn back into a cucumber.” This means once someone crosses the line into alcoholism; they cannot turn back into a normal drinker with a non-alcoholic brain. Controlled drinking, many people...

Revisiting Rock Bottom: The Stages of Relapse

Revisiting Rock Bottom: The Stages of Relapse Addiction is easy to think of as an abstract concept, something that only happens to people in movies and on the news- until it touches your own life. It’s simple, as an outside observer, to look at an addict or alcoholic who is...

Facing the Repressed Causes of Addiction with DBT Treatment

Facing the Repressed Causes of Addiction with DBT Treatment There are multiple approaches to drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Some of which might work, and some of which might be just a waste of time for certain individuals. It’s really hard to tell who will benefit from which treatment because...

Addiction Denial: 6 Things People Say to Justify Drug Use

Addiction Denial: 6 Things People Say to Justify Drug Use Before an individual who is addicted to drugs or alcohol hits rock bottom and decides to get treatment, he or she will come up with a number of excuses to both him/herself and others to justify the use of the...

Alcohol Withdrawal & Death: Delirium Tremens Treatment

Alcohol Withdrawal & Death: Delirium Tremens Treatment What is Delirium Tremens? Alcohol abuse is so dangerous that when individuals stop drinking, the withdrawal symptoms provoke death. This type of alcohol withdrawal is known as delirium tremens or DTs. Since this alcohol withdrawal is dangerous, it is important for those that...

Commonly Believed Alcohol Myths

Commonly Believed Alcohol Myths America has a long relationship with alcohol. Throughout the years, it seems as though alcohol has become a staple in this country as a symbol of freedom and even democracy. Although alcohol has remained despite time and government control, it still has its dangers. Because of...

When Life Gives You Lemons in Alcohol Addiction Recovery…

When Life Gives You Lemons in Alcohol Addiction Recovery… Individuals with an addiction to alcohol know what to do when times get tough. It’s as simple as reaching for the bottle to drown your sorrows away until consciousness and reality reappear in the morning. Addicted individuals use their drug of...

What it’s Like to Be a Sober Member of the LGBT Community

What it’s Like to Be a Sober Member of the LGBT Community My behavior in active addiction provided more than enough material for secrets, and it kept me lying and hiding on a daily basis. But I had another secret, one that shouldn’t have been so shameful but that caused...

Differences Between Professional Care and Quitting Cold Turkey

Differences Between Professional Care and Quitting Cold Turkey There always comes a point on the path of addiction where an individual will look around and notice that their drug of choice has led their life down a dark path. Families, friends, and loved ones are suffering from the addiction along...

Florida Adopts Harm Reduction Measures

Florida Adopts Harm Reduction Measures In the world of drugs and alcohol, addicts are subject to many tragic consequences. Long-term addiction and abuse of drugs lead to overdose and death for many addicts. Even for addicts who don’t overdose and are lucky enough to live through their active addiction, the...

Some of the Most Intelligent People Can Be Addicted to Drugs

Some of the Most Intelligent People Can Be Addicted to Drugs Lots of people associate creativity with addiction, and some of the history’s most intelligent people have had issues with drugs or alcohol. In some cases, their addiction took their lives. We all know about the young celebrities who let...

How Emotional Immaturity Affects Addicted Individuals

How Emotional Immaturity Affects Addicted Individuals Research and studies have all come to the same conclusion; those that abuse addictive substances display emotional immaturity. This stunts an individual’s capability to deal with the highs and lows of life. Addiction treatment aids individuals that struggle with emotional immaturity because it allows...

Inhalant Abuse: Getting High with Household Products

Inhalant Abuse: Getting High with Household Products Drugs that cause addiction aren’t always bought right off the street from the pockets of a drug dealer. The horrific reality that many parents don’t understand is that there are addictive substances in everyday household products. Inhalants are addictive chemicals found in glues,...

How EMDR Techniques Can Assist Patients in Trauma Treatment

How EMDR Techniques Can Assist Patients in Trauma Treatment Many addicts and alcoholics enter treatment with a history of traumatic experiences and pain. Effective trauma treatment is vital to preventing relapse and helping someone develop long-term recovery from substances. This is because the impact of trauma on the human brain...

Club Scene Causing Increased Rate of PCP Addiction

Club Scene Causing Increased Rate of PCP Addiction The club scene in America has caused a rise in the use of newfound recreational drugs in young adults. Festivals, parties, and clubs are giving young people a place to try and abuse novel drugs that have the potential for addiction. It...

Making Friendships Work During Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Making Friendships Work During Drug and Alcohol Recovery It is not the brightest idea to return to old friends who utilize old habits, i.e. use drugs or alcohol, once treatment concludes. Especially in early drug and alcohol recovery, relapse rates are high for those that have completed a stay at...

Simultaneously Treating OCD and Addiction

Treating OCD and Addiction Simultaneously Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that is debilitating for those that live with its symptoms from day to day. It affects a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and seems to control all areas of life. Unfortunately, many undiagnosed individuals do not...

Narcan: What You Need to Know During an Opiate Epidemic

Narcan: What You Need to Know During an Opiate Epidemic America is in the midst of the worst opiate epidemic our country has ever seen. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the most common cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2014, 47,055...

Dating During Early Recovery

Dating During Early Recovery When I got sober, people had plenty of advice about how to maintain my recovery. Most of the suggestions I got concerned dating in sobriety. The general consensus is that getting into a new relationship in your first year of sobriety is a bad idea. Dating...

Fentanyl Addiction Perpetuating High Overdose Rates

Fentanyl Addiction Perpetuating High Overdose Rates With the sudden death of American pop star Prince, fentanyl addiction has become a sudden concern for the recovery community. But, this debilitating substance has been recreationally abused on United States streets since the 70s, causing numerous overdoses. Since the opioid epidemic does not...

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