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Substance Abuse

Man dealing with shame in addiction recovery

Dealing With Shame in Addiction Recovery

Would all the humans please stand up? How about those dealing with shame in addiction recovery? How can we work to overcome the guilt and shame that comes with recovery?   Okay, if you’re standing and reading this article, you probably know what it’s like to deal with shame. That’s because we all have at …

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Illustration of woman that depicts the struggle of addiction as a chronic brain disorder

Is Your Addiction a Chronic Brain Disorder?

Diabetes, a broken arm, a heart attack—these are all widely recognized as medical conditions. But what about a chronic brain disorder? How does it relate to addiction?  In some cases, the patient may have even contributed to the onset. Right? And yet . . .  A sedentary woman diagnosed with type 2 diabetes receives understanding, …

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Man suffering from substance use disorders and dual diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis and How Does it Happen?

Substance use disorder and mental health issues often deliver a one-two punch—occurring at the same time for people who could really use a break.    Or, to borrow another cliche, these dual diagnoses kick folks while they’re already on the ground.    What’s up with that? Why do we see a prevalence of co-occurring mental …

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White pills on a table for someone with Opioid dependence

Discovering Signs of Opioid Dependence: What Now?

If you’ve had an injury or surgery, you may have taken opioids to manage pain. But you may be surprised what happens as you heal. It may only take a short period of misuse before it becomes opioid dependence. You may not realize how much you’ve relied on opioids until you try to stop taking …

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Woman feeling stigmatized while in substance abuse treatment

How Stigma Interferes With Substance Abuse Treatment

We all know about the supposed power of first impressions. Allow us to illustrate how this applies to substance abuse treatment.   Cut someone off in traffic only to sit across from them at a dinner party minutes later? That’s bound to be awkward. Show up to your first day on the job early, sharply …

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Woman holding prescription pain medicine

When Does Prescription Pain Medicine Become a Problem?

Just this morning, my husband said, “My knee hurts. Must have slept on it funny.”    I chimed in, “Yeah? I did something to my shoulder. It’s been giving me trouble for days.”    And here we are, folks.    Our bodies—these glorious things that once rolled around on the ground with friends, powered through …

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The Importance of DBT in Substance Abuse Treatment

The Importance of DBT in Substance Abuse Treatment

DBT. Ah, the elusive acronym. Ever find yourself in the middle of a conversation nodding your head along to phrases like “Send a QFE to the BCD, ASAP, will ya?”    Okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but the feeling remains. Before we agree to do something, we’d like to get our heads around that …

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CBT Plays Large Role in Substance Abuse Treatment

When you finally take that brave, bold step toward substance abuse treatment and recovery, you want to know you’re walking in the right direction. Who wouldn’t?   When you enter treatment for addiction, you’re giving your time and effort as an investment. And we’re right there with you in saying we hope it’s an investment …

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What Are My Options For Substance Abuse Treatment

What Are My Options For Substance Abuse Treatment?

Expectations matter – especially when considering a substance abuse treatment center.   When we know what’s to come, we can set our mind to the task at hand. We can prepare to work hard, practice patience or all sorts of things in between.    Expectations also offer hope. The reward becomes easier to imagine and …

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Drug Addiction Treatment: Healing Methods

Before you or your loved one enter a drug addiction treatment center, it is helpful to familiarize yourself with the different approaches used to find healing from substance use disorders. There are many models to choose from whether it be evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), group therapy …

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