The prospect of sobering up is daunting because drug addiction often makes people forget how to be sober. That isn’t just an exaggeration – it’s based on scientific fact. When the brain undergoes consistent and prolonged drug use, it gets damaged. And that brain damage extends beyond problems with cognition and problem solving, but goes…

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In a way, we are the sum of our experiences and the perceptions people have around us. Through our families, our friends, our adversaries and our role models, we create an image of what we should be like, and struggle to fulfill those self-set expectations. In a perfect world, family helps us not just figure…

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Addiction in the family can be a very delicate matter, but when approached correctly, you can help avert a great amount of tragedy and find an opportunity to help your family member onto a path of recovery long before things hit rock bottom. Learning how best to talk about addiction to that family member is important…

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You may feel that your life has been upended and made chaotic by your substance abuse. This could be very true. You could have legal issues, family struggles, relationship problems and other hurdles to overcome as you enter recovery. In outpatient treatment, you will have to confront all of these problems as you battle your…

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If you are ready to enter rehabilitation for your addiction, it’s important to understand all of your options. There are different levels of care depending on how intensive your treatment plan is. Each patient’s individual needs are assessed based on the level of their addiction, whether they can take weeks off of work, what their family obligations…

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There is a lot of confusion around the terminology of addiction – particularly the definition, and how people actually get addicted. The factors that determine addiction aren’t related to a person’s willpower or spirit – they are, however, related to a person’s emotions and psychology, as well as other outlined factors such as: Family history. Peer pressure. Anxiety and/or depression. Anyone…

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In short: yes, addiction can kill. But rather than keep it at that, it’s better to go in-depth into how and why addiction can kill you – and how you can keep it from killing you. There’s no doubt that addiction carries with it a lot of baggage. Not only can it lead to long-term damage…

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America’s prescription drug problem is immense. Opioids are related to more deaths than ever, and the country’s consumption and distribution of prescription medication is unmatched not only in history, but in the entire world. When it comes to taking pills, no one beats us. The danger with this is that many of the drugs Americans are accustomed to taking…

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