Getting Help

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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What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much

What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much

Addiction is a progressive and aggressive disease. While a person may initially intend on experimenting with drug use for one reason or another, this sporadic hobby can quickly escalate. There are many variables that influence the progression of drug experimentation into abuse and addiction, which is why it is so risky to be involved in drug misuse or abuse in the first place. While drug use may begin as choice, factors like tolerance, cravings, chemical dependence and withdrawal can all...

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The First 4 Steps in Stopping Your Drug Use

The First 4 Steps in Stopping Your Drug Use

While there are plenty of helpful tips and resources for how to prevent drug abuse or addiction from developing, there are no guarantees when it comes to drug misuse and abuse. Once a person gets involved with drug misuse or the experimentation with recreational drug use, he puts himself at risk for a drug use problem or addiction. The instant that a person suspects or feels like his drug use has become a concern or problematic is the time that he should take action. The longer that drug abuse...

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Dealing with Relational Heartbreak in Recovery

Dealing with Relational Heartbreak in Recovery

The value of having healthy relationships is immense. So immense, that research has shown social relationships to improve a person’s health and wellbeing. People with healthy relationships live longer and are better equipped to deal with stress. Research also shows that a healthy social life can minimize the risk for mental illness and physical pain symptoms.[1] So it should come as no surprise that rehab and recovery professionals advocate the building of healthy relationships for people in...

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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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A Guide to Sober Living

A Guide to Sober Living

Moving into sobriety with skewed expectations is dangerous. No two people are going to experience the exact same recovery journeys, and there is no way to control the events that life will bring forth, so you cannot enter sobriety while thinking you know what will happen. However, while it is impossible to predict and plan a perfect recovery, preparation is vital for you to get and stay sober. Being prepared for recovery does not mean that someone is free from challenges, slipups and relapses,...

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3 Reasons to Not Waste Time Before Getting Sober

3 Reasons to Not Waste Time Before Getting Sober

It can take days, months or even years for an addict to accept that she needs help, so, when the day finally comes, the time to act is right then. You may wonder why people urge addicts to get help so quickly, which this article intends to address. No one should ever make a brash decision when seeking addiction help; you should research treatment options well before you ever commit to a rehab center. However, the issue is time sensitive, which means no addict should put her sobriety on the...

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3 Arguments in Favor of Rehab

3 Arguments in Favor of Rehab

Rehab is a tough sell: for years, people have been skeptical of both rehab’s effectiveness and necessity for years, and it is even more difficult to convince someone to seek rehab if she is in denial about her addiction in the first place. Furthermore, rehab can be time consuming, expensive and an emotional process, so, to succeed in treatment, addicts must come to terms with their conditions and prepare themselves for dramatic changes. Many addicts feel ashamed, embarrassed, guilty or even...

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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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Dealing with the Pain, Anger and Fear of Having an Addicted Loved One

Dealing with the Pain, Anger and Fear of Having an Addicted Loved One

Pain, anger and fear are common emotions that serve a natural purpose. They help us know when we are hurt, when something is not as it should be and when we are threatened. However, if mishandled, all three of them can cause people to lash out at their loved ones who are addicted to drugs. If you learn how to control your emotions and negative thoughts, then you can support an addict who needs help. Why You Must Acknowledge Your Feelings for the Addiction It is necessary to recognize that the...

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