About Treatment

Will I Learn to Trust Again After Being Betrayed?

Will I Learn to Trust Again After Being Betrayed?

When a person is deeply hurt by betrayal, it can be a major achievement to remain unguarded and open to trusting others. The common response to betrayal is to build up walls of protection which can interfere with a person’s relationships, health, wellbeing and overall quality of life. Not being able to trust others sets an individual up to live a life in fear and skepticism rather than being optimistic, hopeful and positive. Rebuilding trust is not an easy feat, but a person must learn to do...

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Will My Stay in Rehab Really Be Confidential?

Will My Stay in Rehab Really Be Confidential?

Individuals have rights when it comes to the privacy of their personal information, especially in regards to medical treatment. Rehab treatment is no exception. It is quite common for an individual to have concerns about who has access to his private information and how confidential his stay in rehab really is. People may fear how this information may affect their reputation or the reputation of their family members. They may also have concerns about how this information can impact their...

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Who Can I Talk to if I Don’t Trust My Family?

Who Can I Talk to if I Don’t Trust My Family?

If drug addicts ever wish to find recovery, then they must talk with someone about their drug habits. In fact, talking is an essential part of the healing process for addiction: people must talk about their addictions to get treatment, to progress throughout rehab and to stay sober as they prioritize recovery in the real world[1]. Unfortunately, it can be quite difficult for an addict to open up about her addiction for a number of reasons. First and foremost, an addict may feel extreme shame,...

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How Important Is It to Build Friendships in My Support Group?

How Important Is It to Build Friendships in My Support Group?

Building a healthy, productive social circle is immensely important in rehab. For instance, people who are socially isolated tend to experience higher rates of substance abuse and relapse than those who engage in healthy relationships and productive social scenes[1]. Therefore, while it is critical to break chemical dependence upon drugs, it is equally as important for people to attend treatment programs that equip them with the knowledge, skills and tools that sustain lives in recovery. To...

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How Do Benzos Affect Your Brain Chemistry?

How Do Benzos Affect Your Brain Chemistry?

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are one of the most common prescription medications used to treat various conditions such as anxiety disorders, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, seizures, and with anesthesia to induce relaxation and amnesia for procedural memory loss. Benzos are central nervous system (CNS) depressants and commonly abused alongside other depressants such as alcohol to create an intense state of relaxation and euphoria. Benzos are also a common source of accidental overdose as they can...

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Reviewing DBT

Reviewing DBT

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a form of treatment that stems from cognitive behavioral treatment. DBT is used to help individuals treat mental health and behavioral issues through the strategies of acceptance and change. How Does DBT Work? To get a better understanding of how DBT works, one should first understand the term dialectical, meaning the “synthesis or integration of opposites”. In terms of DBT treatment, the two opposite factors are acceptance and change. A therapist...

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How Important Is a Healthy Eating Plan in Treatment?

How Important Is a Healthy Eating Plan in Treatment?

While it may surprise you, a healthy eating plan is extremely important during addiction treatment. Maintaining a healthy eating plan is vital for everyone, but people who struggle with addiction and other illnesses will find that proper nutrition can be a simple change that completely turns their health around. Recovery professionals frequently find that people who suffer from addiction and other mental health disorders also have poor nutritional habits. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental...

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What Kind of Treatment Will I Get for an Opiate Addiction?

What Kind of Treatment Will I Get for an Opiate Addiction?

While no one typically envisions her future with opiate addiction, this problem is becoming increasingly common. Opiates are central nervous system depressants, and their primary medical use is to alleviate pain. However, these drugs can be altered into opium, heroin, codeine and morphine and chemically synthesized into other narcotics. As there are many forms of opiates, one can imagine how available these substances can be. Furthermore, opiates have a high potential for abuse. People often...

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Physical Activity, Staying Busy, and Living Sober

It is plain and simple: idleness is a huge risk factor for relapse. When people are bored, they often instinctively reach for something that they know can cure that boredom. For instance, many bored people go to the pantry to find something to eat, or they reach for the remote to turn on the television. However, recovering addicts know that, in the past, their go-to cure for boredom and/or pain was drugs or an addictive activity. So, during addiction treatment, it becomes imperative for...

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How to Move from Thinking About Treatment to Action

How to Move from Thinking About Treatment to Action

Several barriers prevent or delay people from getting the treatment they need to find recovery. Some people are in denial or are still enabled by family and friends, so they cannot find any reason why they need treatment. On the other hand, some individuals acknowledge their issue and are thinking about treatment, but they fail to act. For these individuals, several issues may stand in the way of them looking into treatment. First, fear can be a barrier that prevents someone from seeking...

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What Kind of Job Should You Get in Early Recovery?

What Kind of Job Should You Get in Early Recovery?

There are many questions a person will have when it comes to life in recovery, such as what things they should take on, how much they can handle, whether or not they should work, etc. In most cases, a person doesn’t have the option of not working once they leave treatment, and this is fine. A job can help a person bring structure and routine to her life, and these are necessities during early recovery. Structure minimizes stress and chaos. It enables a person to gradually get back into the...

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How Naloxone Saves Lives

How Naloxone Saves Lives

It is estimated that globally, over 69,000 people die from opioid overdose each year. Naloxone is a drug that can save the lives of these individuals, as it works to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone: About the Drug Naloxone is an overdose reversing narcotic substance. Common types of drugs derived from opium, or opioids, include: heroin, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphine, buprenorphine, codeine and oxycodone. The drug’s brand name is Narcan and is...

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