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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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Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

Every person in addiction recovery hopes to keep a sober life as long as possible—ideally for the rest of his or her life. What this means is not only staying away from negative influences and past causes of substance abuse, but also learning to control urges and cravings with a positive attitude. The best way to accomplish long-lasting sobriety is to rely on strong support systems in order to remember and reflect on the positive lessons learned in rehab treatment. There are important reasons...

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What Is the Difference Between Organic and Synthetic Drugs?

What Is the Difference Between Organic and Synthetic Drugs?

There are hundreds of different types of drugs, so it is not reasonable to expect individuals to understand each drug, but understanding the risks associated with different types of drugs can help you make a more informed decision if you encounter drug abuse. Every drug is either organic or synthetic, and knowing what that means will make you more aware of the effects and potency of different types of drugs. Both organic and synthetic drugs can be addictive, and if you think you may be...

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The Most Abused Drugs of 2013

The Most Abused Drugs of 2013

2013 witnessed new drug abuse trends, but drugs of abuse mostly stayed the same as in recent years. Alcohol and marijuana continue to top the list when it comes to commonly abused drugs, and prescription drugs are close behind. Drugs People Abused in 2013 Drug types in the past few years have not changed much, as alcohol and marijuana use are still common, on the other hand methamphetamine abuse is still common, but slowly declining. 2013 saw another explosive year in terms of heroin abuse, and...

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How to Use Employee Assistance Program Services

How to Use Employee Assistance Program Services

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Employee Assistance Programs, or EAPs, provide employees throughout the US with help for their work performance, conduct and health. They do this by offering various assessments in work and personal well-being, and then they offer counseling and referral services for problems that they cannot handle. Personal problems may affect performance in the workplace, so EAPs were created to assist workers in a quick and convenient...

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The Relationship between Unsafe Home Environments and Addiction

The Relationship between Unsafe Home Environments and Addiction

The most critical component in the home is a family’s ability to nurture and care for others, particularly the parents. If children are raised with love, support and guidance, they are less likely to make poor decisions, such as drug abuse. Effects of Safe Home Environment A safe home environment meets children’s physical, mental and emotional needs. There is no abuse or neglect, there is sufficient supervision and discipline and emotional and mental stimuli are supportive and nurturing....

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Research-Based Addiction Therapy

Research-Based Addiction Therapy

Research provides a better understanding of how things work, why people act in certain ways and how treatment methods can be successful. Research-based addiction therapy is no different, in that many years of observation has helped professionals learn to treat addiction. With the right methods, you can not only break your addiction, but also resist relapse for as long as you’d like. Addiction Treatment Based on Research The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has published solid standards...

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Which Insurance Companies Cover Addiction Rehab Services?

Which Insurance Companies Cover Addiction Rehab Services?

Many insurance companies routinely reject as many claims as they can. While certain laws protect patients from discrimination based on addiction, and other laws mandate that employers provide rehab coverage, navigating insurance coverage for addiction recovery is extremely complicated. Phone counselors are available any time of day or night to help you understand your insurance coverage and treatment options. The Costs and Benefits of Addiction Rehabilitation Many employers, families and even...

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Finding Support for Friends and Family of Addicts

Finding Support for Friends and Family of Addicts

When one struggles with a drug or alcohol addiction, the consequences often stretch into his or her circle of friends and family. Everyone involved in the addict’s life will often feel some of the negative effects of the addiction. As the addiction progresses, addicts can become increasingly consumed with their cravings and may neglect their relationships with family, friends and coworkers. The stronger the addiction becomes, the harder it is for family and friends to co-exist with the...

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What Are Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs?

What Are Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs?

In response to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse many states have implemented a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). PDMPs are run at a state level and are not administered by the DEA or any other federal agency. A PDMP is an electronic database of information about prescription drugs dispensed in that state. Access to the information is restricted to professionals such as doctors, drug treatment specialists, lawmakers, law enforcement officials and anyone else whose job allows...

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How to Find Drug Addiction Help Online

How to Find Drug Addiction Help Online

The internet has grown into an international communication machine. You can interact with people all over the world and get information on just about any and all topics that you are interested in. It is a viable resource for information about drug addiction, but you also need to be cautious about the integrity and intent of some of the information. Benefits of Online Addiction Recovery Resources There are several reasons to seek information from an online resource including the following: Ease...

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Addiction Treatment for College Students

Addiction Treatment for College Students

College can be an exciting time for young people, with many opportunities to meet new people and have new experiences. Unfortunately, for a large number of college students, drug and alcohol abuse is a prevalent part of college life. From 2008 to 2009, the rate of drug use in adults ages 18 to 25 increased from 19.6 to 21.2 percent. Studies by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that college-aged adults struggle more with substance abuse and...

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