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Relationships and Addiction

Posted on: May 31, 2021 by in Addiction
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Relationships can be a healthy support system especially for those who are experiencing addiction. Relationships are complex and take work to maintain. When addiction enters into the mix, these relationships can become difficult to keep. Many shift their focus from their relationships to their substance use. How Addiction Can Damage Relationships There are several different things that could come to the surface that cause damages to the relationships that are most important in an Continue Reading ...

Opioid Dependence: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Getting Help

Posted on: May 23, 2021 by in Medications Treatment
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Many don’t realize they are heading towards opioid dependence, but addiction to this substance group is incredibly common. Oftentimes, those prescribed opioids for legitimate pain relief are not aware of just how high the addiction risk is.   Risk Factors There are several risk factors for opioid addiction: The type of drugs being taken How the drugs are being taken (pill versus injecting, etc.) The length of time the drugs are used Genetics Environment And Continue Reading ...

Overcoming Loneliness During Addiction Recovery

Posted on: February 19, 2021 by in Addiction
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Addiction can play a large part in your feeling of loneliness. Most people find that they can temporarily escape the emotional pain by turning to drugs or alcohol. If this feeling is too much for someone to cope with, they can eventually develop a substance abuse problem. Social Support Social support plays a large role in aiding your recovery from substance abuse. You gain social support from friends, family members, and your counselors. They help to empower you to face your struggles and Continue Reading ...

Recovering after Relapse

Posted on: February 12, 2021 by in Addiction
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Relapsing is not an indicator of failure or inadequate willpower. Relapses are very common for alcohol or drug addicts and can be a short-term setback. Recovery can be difficult, and the path to sobriety will not be easy; you must work to maintain it. It is necessary to keep perspective and not lose hope. One slip up is not going to ruin your sobriety. Here are some tips to get back on track after you have relapsed: Go back for treatment. You might have to reenter an inpatient or Continue Reading ...

Physical Relapse

Posted on: February 5, 2021 by in Addiction
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Physical relapse is the last stage of relapse and occurs when a person doesn’t take the time to acknowledge and address the symptoms they experience during the emotional and mental relapse stages. When someone enters this stage of relapse, it is typically because they have acted on their cravings and drank alcohol or used drugs. Understanding what warning signs and triggers to look for can help you along your path of recovery. Physical Relapse Most common triggers of Continue Reading ...

Mental Relapse

Posted on: January 29, 2021 by in Addiction
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Mental relapse is the second stage of relapse. This stage involves constant struggles with your mind. To be simple, a war is going on inside your mind during this stage where you struggle with thinking about abusing substances again. This may make it difficult to control your emotions or to make the right decisions regarding your addiction cravings. Common signs of the mental relapse stage: Desire to spend time with old friends Constantly thinking about relapsing Fantasizing about Continue Reading ...

Emotional Relapse

Posted on: January 22, 2021 by in Addiction
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Relapse often happens in stages. The first stage of relapse is emotional relapse; this occurs when negative emotions and stress eventually lead a person to contemplate drinking or using drugs again. Relapse can often become a problem before any substances are actually taken. Those negative thoughts are starting to invade most of your healthy behaviors and the coping strategies you are using. The best thing you can do for yourself is to spot some of the warning signs so you can lower your risk Continue Reading ...

Common Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Abuse

Posted on: January 15, 2021 by in Addiction
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Opioids are a class of both prescription medicines and illegal drugs that cause effects in the brain. They can block or reduce the number of pain signals sent to the brain making them effective pain killers. They can also cause the brain to release endorphins causing the user to feel happy, euphoric, or high. Those effects make these very addictive. Some opioid drugs that are commonly abused Continue Reading ...

Tips to Avoid Drug and Alcohol Relapses

Posted on: December 30, 2020 by in Addiction
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Everyone reacts differently to triggers and can have different solutions to help. Here are a few tips that can help guide you or a loved one through the urge to abuse substances. Plan your day out. This helps to prevent any surprises that would put you into a situation you are trying to avoid. Schedule and routines can go a long way in giving someone a feeling of calm and control over their own wellbeing. Leave if you are uncomfortable. If you are having trouble avoiding anything at an Continue Reading ...

Holiday Stress Can Lead to Substance Abuse

Posted on: December 23, 2020 by in Addiction
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The holidays tend to bring happiness and joy to those around you; however, for some, it can bring misery. The holidays can usher in an assortment of triggers like family issues, heartache, and grievances, to name a few. Holiday stressors can lead some to turn to substances or other destructive habits, such as: Excessive drinking. Along with many social gatherings, the holidays mean alcohol, which can be dangerous for alcoholics and those who struggle with addiction. There tends to be a Continue Reading ...