Addiction Recovery

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Defining Psychological Dependence

Recognizing a psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol can be challenging. Understanding the signs and symptoms helps identify if you or a loved one may have a problem. What should you know about substance addiction vs. dependence? If you need to use the substance more frequently or in larger amounts to get the desired effect, […]

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How Addiction Can Impact Relationships

Addiction damages relationships. From the relationship someone has with a spouse or significant other, their children, colleagues, friends, and extended family, no personal connection is spared the fallout of someone’s substance use disorder (SUD). For numerous reasons, an SUD gets in the way of trust, communication, and respect. A person with an SUD is, by

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Adjusting to Life After Rehab

There is strong evidence that engaging in a robust alumni program after discharge from a drug and alcohol treatment program improves long-term recovery outcomes. Life after rehab can be stressful and intimidating for many people who have not lived without substances for a while. Suddenly, facing sober living beyond the supportive circle of rehab can

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Benefits of Support Groups

Peer support groups have been considered a standard within recovery circles since the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The benefits of having peers supporting one another in a sober network of mutually accountable adults are often highlighted by professionals and lay people involved in and committed to therapeutic, community, or personal support around recovery. In

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Treating Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms

Colloquially known as benzos, benzodiazepines are sedatives that slow down the central nervous system (CNS), often prescribed for anxiety or insomnia. In the U.S., they’re prescription-only and illegal to buy or sell without one due to their addictive nature and serious risks, requiring doctor supervision. If you suspect that your benzo use has become benzo

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Recognizing Signs of an Opioid Overdose

It has been more than 150 years since humans first extracted heroin from opium. Today, the steep rise in the manufacture of synthetic opioids has led to more than 80,000 deaths per year from opioid overdoses. Opioid abuse and overdose, in fact, are responsible for the vast majority of drug-related deaths in the U.S. annually.

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Common Signs of Meth Abuse

Methamphetamine (meth) abuse is rising in the United States among both teens and adults. Though scientists initially synthesized this stimulant for medical reasons, it is one of the most damaging and addictive substances there is. Most people, however, misuse a street version of meth that is illicitly created in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and numerous other

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3 Benefits of Sober Living Homes

Embarking on a journey toward recovery from addiction is a courageous step, one that requires support, guidance, and a stable environment. The Right Step Houston understands the pivotal role a supportive living situation plays in maintaining sobriety. We offer a sober living program to bridge the gap between inpatient treatment and returning to everyday life.

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What Is Physical Dependence?

Understanding the complexities of addiction is a crucial step toward recovery. For those on the path to sobriety, recognizing the nuances between the definitions of physical dependence and psychological dependence is essential. At The Right Step Houston, we’re committed to providing comprehensive addiction rehab programs that address both aspects of dependence. If you or a

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