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Signs You or Someone You Know May Have a Substance Abuse Problem

Posted on: September 4, 2020 by in Addiction
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Drug abuse affects people all over the world, regardless of race, social/economic status, and other characteristics. Whatever the reason a person starts using drugs, whether prescribed or as recreationally, physical dependence and addiction may develop - sometimes even before the user realizes it. When addiction develops to a certain extent, it can be extremely difficult to stop using drugs without professional help and specialized treatments. Almost all substances produce noticeable Continue Reading ...

Addiction: Defined

Posted on: September 4, 2020 by in Addiction
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Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder.  It is characterized by compulsively seeking the substance despite the substance's harmful consequences, including long-term changes in the brain. Those who suffer from addiction continually seek out the substance in order to experience the desired effect from it. Once a tolerance point is reached, an addict will begin to take increasing amounts of the substance because the previous smaller doses no longer work. Addiction is a Continue Reading ...

Relapse Prevention: The 3 Stages of Relapse

Posted on: August 28, 2020 by in Addiction
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Substance abuse relapse is common among people recovering from addiction. It is important to note that the chances of success are greatest during the early stages of relapse. It is important to become familiar with the warning signs in order to develop coping skills to prevent relapse as early as possible. The Stages of Relapse There are 3 main stages of relapse: Emotional Mental Physical Emotional Relapse During an emotional relapse, a person will remember their last relapse and Continue Reading ...

The Recovery Benefits of a Halfway House

Posted on: August 21, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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A halfway house is a type of inpatient rehabilitation facility that provides help and recovery for those with disabilities including physical, mental, substance abuse, and emotional troubles. A halfway house puts a roof over the heads of people who need the support and stability they provide. Living in a halfway house can be a new experience for some, but what the program can provide will benefit the residents in many ways. Halfway Houses One of the main goals of a halfway house is to take Continue Reading ...

How Does An Addiction Psychiatrist Help With Addiction?

Posted on: August 14, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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If you are thinking about addiction rehab for you or someone you love, it is important to know what to expect. There are two levels of treatment: inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab. The level of treatment needed will depend on how severe the addiction is and what type of support system is available outside of treatment. In either case, an individual would be referred to an addiction psychiatrist during treatment. What Is An Addiction Psychiatrist? An addiction psychiatrist is a medical Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Posted on: April 24, 2020 by in Ativan Treatment
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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an extreme compulsive need to repeat routines, phrases, or gestures. It is a form of maladaptive (not beneficial) coping with extreme moments of anxiety. OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that manifests as a way of attempting to manage moments of anxiety. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Symptoms One individual can display signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that are completely different than Continue Reading ...

Living Sober During COVID-19 Quarantine is Possible

Posted on: April 20, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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Quarantine is a difficult time for everyone, and for those who want to stay sober, the challenge can be even greater. Addiction is an everyday struggle, which must also be won every day. At times the context of quarantine may feel too complex: from one day to the next we are forced to stay locked up in the house for 24 hours, for an indefinite number of days. The boredom and weariness that this situation produces can lead one to relapse into alcohol or substance abuse. Despite these Continue Reading ...

How to Overcome Stress from COVID-19

Posted on: April 17, 2020 by in Ativan Treatment
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Whether you currently suffer from a mental illness, a dual diagnosis, substance abuse, or are perfectly healthy, the outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fear and anxiety caused by worrying about the disease can be overwhelming. The CDC lists what stress during this uncertain time can look like for different people warning that some people may have stronger reactions than others: Fear/worry about your health or Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Depression

Posted on: April 3, 2020 by in Ativan Treatment
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Depression is a mental illness that is caused by a chemical imbalance within the brain and is characterized by a persistently depressed mood, which causes significant impairment in daily life. Types of Depression Depression is a broad term and can either be a stand-alone mental illness or occur as a part of a larger mental illness. For example, battling schizophrenia can cause depression. Individuals with bipolar disorder have periods of depression. Postpartum depression occurs after the Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the GI Tract

Posted on: March 27, 2020 by in Alcoholism Treatment
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The gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, and anus. The stomach, a “J” shaped pouch, is located in the left upper abdomen. The stomach acts as a holding cell for contents that have been ingested and hydrochloric acid is let into the stomach to disintegrate the contents so it can pass through the rest of the GI tract. A large percentage of nutrient absorption happens in the small and large intestine. What is Continue Reading ...