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Staying Sober In Life After Rehab

Keeping Sober During Life After Rehab Going to rehab is a big step towards getting sober and changing your life for the better. However, what you do in the time immediately after rehab counts. Your actions make the difference between long-term success or failure. There are key things you can...

What Are Synthetic Drugs and Why Are They So Dangerous?

What Are Synthetic Drugs and Why Are They So Dangerous Years ago, there were only a handful of recognized drugs. Pot, cocaine, heroin and LSD are all substances that have been recognized for generations. In the late 1900s, Molly, ecstasy, and MDMA started getting mixed into things, and new concoctions...

How soon is too soon to be dating after rehab?

How soon is too soon to be dating after rehab? So you went to rehab and emerged on the other side. You’re clean, your head’s on straight, and you can think clearly for the first time in a while. People arrive at this point ready to take on the world,...

What Happens Inside an Addicted Brain?

What Happens Inside an Addicted Brain? In this day and age, it is widely recognized and accepted that substance dependence is a brain disease. Unfortunately, addiction and alcoholism still carry a stigma for many people. However, the medical world and society as a whole are coming to understand that these...

Gambling: The Hidden Addiction

The Hidden Addiction Tom, a 22-year-old, calls the gamblers hotline from a telephone booth on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. He’s talking about killing himself because he believes he has no other options. He owes $75,000, has no job and just lost $4,000 in stolen money. The hotline volunteer took...

The After Detox Detox: Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

The After Detox Detox: Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome The detox process is uncomfortable and painful. But for patients who are dependent on certain drugs (like alcohol and benzodiazepines), it can be fatal if not done properly. Individuals are relieved when the process is over and the intense symptoms of withdrawal disappear....

Hospitals in Search of Cuddlers to Heal Drug Addicted Babies

Imagine all of the worst aspects of opiate withdrawal: the sweats, cramps, irritability, unbearable cravings, nausea, shakes, temperature fluctuations, and bone-deep pain. The pain of withdrawal is so great that most adults who are dependent on opiates and other substances can’t bear to detox without medication assistance. Now, imagine all...

The Five Phases of Grief and How Sobriety Helps Me Through Them

The Five Phases of Grief and How Sobriety Helps Me Through Them Grief and loss are a part of life, whether you’re sober or not. I have lost loved ones and family members during my active addiction and during my sobriety. Most recently, I learned of the passing of an...

What I Didn’t Know About the Hepatitis C Virus

Most detox facilities and treatment centers offer to test for the hepatitis C virus and for HIV for their patients, especially those who engaged in intravenous drug use during their active addiction. In my experience, each rehabilitation facility I entered tested me for both of these illnesses upon intake. Although...

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...

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