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The Connection Between Substance Abuse and Unresolved Grief

You are not alone when dealing with unresolved grief and substance abuse. Many people struggle with both simultaneously. Grief and addiction can be a dangerous combination, but professional help is available.At The Right Step Houston, our caring and compassionate staff members are here to help you through this difficult time. We offer a variety of …

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What Is Polysubstance Addiction?

When someone is struggling with an addiction, it is not uncommon to hear the term “polysubstance abuse.” That could also make you wonder, “What is polysubstance abuse?” When an individual is using and abusing more than one substance, they are struggling with not a substance use disorder (SUD) but polysubstance abuse disorder. Those struggling with …

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What Are The Emotional And Psychological Effects Of Dependency?

There is an important difference between drug dependency and drug addiction. Dependence and addiction often occur together, but the former pertains to the body’s physical reliance on the drug, while addiction is the other half: the behavioral aspect and the tolerance of self-harm and harm to others. For many, a sense of ambiguity surrounds the …

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What Are the Emotional Effects of Alcohol?

People drink for different reasons: relaxation, recreation, self-medication, etc. The reason why a person may continue drinking is because of the emotional effects of alcohol on the brain. Alcohol can often induce momentary feelings of pleasure or happiness. The occasional user may drink a bit to wind down with friends after a stressful day.However, the …

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How Addictive is Alcohol?

According to a study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 15 million Americans are addicted to alcohol. In addition, over 85,000 people die from alcohol each year. A CNN report revealed that alcohol is one of the most addictive substances in the world, alongside heroin, cocaine, nicotine, and barbiturates.But how …

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How Do I Know If I’m a Drug Addict

It can be difficult to know if you are a drug addict. Many people deny that they have a problem, even when their drug use is causing them serious harm. If you are worried that you may be addicted to drugs, getting help as soon as possible is essential. There are many signs that can …

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Debunking Common Myths About Drugs

Drug use is often glamorized in movies and TV shows, tied to cultural norms, and accepted in many segments of society. As such, it is easy to see why people believe myths about drugs instead of finding out the facts. Peer pressure and clever marketing often influence a person’s views about drugs, thus leading them …

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Why Loving an Addict Can Be Dangerous

It’s no secret that loving an addict can be dangerous. In fact, it may be one of the most dangerous things you can do. But why is it so dangerous? And what can you do to protect yourself and your loved one? More importantly, what if they need a substance abuse treatment program?The first thing you …

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What Makes Prescription Opioids So Dangerous?

The issue of prescription opioids, their ready availability, and their rampant abuse is common in American news and public health discussions. The problem of prescription opioid addiction is so bad in the United States that it has been called an epidemic and national crisis.The need for opioid addiction treatment resources has never been greater. Despite …

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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. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a proven, evidence-based therapy that has helped millions stay on the path of recovery. CBT for substance abuse treatment can help you or a loved one …

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