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Risk Factors for Addiction

Addiction occurs when you no longer have the ability to stop consuming a substance or participating in behaviors that lead to substance abuse. The medical field now widely accepts addiction as a disease and a disorder. Furthermore, therapists and counselors identify risk factors for addiction.While many of the risk factors for addiction center around genetics …

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Benefits of a Family Program

Addiction doesn’t just impact the person struggling with a substance abuse disorder. Addiction is also a family disease because it negatively impacts those you love most. The negative impact on your loved ones is especially profound if you’re married or have children. Since addiction requires treatment, family therapy plays an important role in your recovery, …

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Stress Management Techniques

When you battle addiction, drugs and alcohol become your primary coping mechanism. Masking painful and uncomfortable thoughts and feelings with psychoactive substances means that an important part of recovery is learning healthy stress management techniques.Stress is an unfortunate part of life. While some types of stress are beneficial and can help motivate you to meet …

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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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Strategies for Enjoying a Sober Holidays

Holidays present a lot of challenges for someone going through recovery from addiction. This time of the year is filled with parties and other events. The temptation to drink is everywhere. However, you are determined to stay clean. This may involve help from a Houston, TX outpatient treatment program and relying on the skills you …

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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 recent CNN report revealed that alcohol is one of the most addictive substances in the world, alongside heroin, cocaine, nicotine, and barbiturates.But …

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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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National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Every year, millions of people in the U.S. are affected by substance abuse. National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is a time to remember those who have lost their battle with addiction. It is also a time for each of us to strengthen our resolve to promote addiction awareness.Individuals, organizations, and communities can work together to …

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