The Serious Impact of Untreated Addiction

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Judgement can be clouded when it comes to the topic of addiction. Many people know that they should probably purse options for addiction recovery. But, delayed treatment is justified because people don’t understand the serious implications of the situation.

Addiction leads to numerous consequences for the patient, as well as their family and friends. The threats and risks vary depending on the type of addiction. In most situations, the person will face physical, social, and emotional issues. These problems can only be overcome by working with an experienced addiction recovery team. [Read more…]

Crossing the line from Binge Drinking to Alcoholism

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Crossing the line from Binge Drinking to AlcoholismBinge drinking is alcoholic but alcoholism is not always just a matter of binge drinking. Confusions like this often give power to a binge drinker who refuses to accept alcoholism as part of his or her life. Though binge drinking is still defined as an abnormal drinking pattern, it is not always seen as chronically alcoholic. Defining the two can help determine when the line has finally been crossed, or if it were crossed long ago.
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New Year, New You: Tips for Maintaining Sobriety This Year

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The New Year is a time when many people set good intentions to overcome bad habits and set new goals. Are you working on resolutions for 2018? If you are on the pathway to addiction recovery, then it makes sense to set New Year’s goals that will support your progress.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain sobriety this year: [Read more…]

Opioid Withdrawal: Is there an Answer to the Pain?

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Opioid Withdrawal: Is there an Answer to the Pain?Opioids are some of the hardest drugs to beat. From narcotic prescription painkillers to heroin sold on the street, opioids are highly addictive. Long after the pleasure of using opioids has passed, users stay stuck in the cycle of addiction for one primary reason: to avoid withdrawals. Withdrawal from opioids is one of the worst in addictive substances. Referred to as “kicking”, opioid abusers experience flu-like symptoms paired with unbearable physical pain. The kicking comes from restless legs and muscle spasms that can be experienced for numerous days. Detox from opioids is where most addicts feel lost.
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Think Happy Thoughts and Up You Go!

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Think Happy Thoughts and Up You Go!“Think of the happiest things, it’s the same as having wings” sing the lyrics of Peter Pan’s “You Can Fly!”. In order to get to Neverland, the place where all of one’s happy little dreams come true, one has to fly on the wings of happy thoughts (and a little pixie dust). Thinking sad, scary, and negative thoughts weigh you down when you’re trying to take flight. “Flying” is a metaphor for how we can get through life, how we can truly soar.

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New Year’s Resolutions to Support 2018 Addiction Recovery

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The New Year is just a week away, so many people are thinking about their goals for 2018. The beginning of the year is often viewed as a time to start fresh. So, it is common for people to reflect on their current results and look for ways to create healthier habits.

Do you have the desire to overcome your habits so that you can live an addiction-free life next year? It is important that you gain clarity about your goals so that you are ready for success when January begins. [Read more…]

How to Spot the Development of an Alcohol Addiction

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How to spot the development of an alcohol addictionDrinking alcohol is a normalized part of our popular culture. Alcohol consumption is even biblical. Throughout time, alcohol has become an integral part of how we experience community and society.  Alcohol addiction is easy to write off for many parents, families, and loved ones due to the fact that drinking so is normal. Unfortunately, binge drinking has become normalized as well. Call it ‘college’, call it ‘the party’, call it ‘being a bartender’, or anything else…it may seem effortless to discount signs of alcohol addiction. Other factors may be involved in ignoring signs of an alcohol addiction.
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Family Support to Maintain Sobriety Through the Holidays

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The holiday season is a fun time to connect with friends and family members. But, many recovering addicts find that is a challenge to stay on track with their sobriety during this time of year. Often, addiction recovery is founded on a routine and healthy daily habits, and it is easy to let these practices slide during the holidays.

Instead of letting your guard down and risking a relapse, turn to your family and friends for the support that you need. Here are a few things to consider that will help you maintain your sobriety: [Read more…]

Addiction Recovery and Nutrition

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Being in active addiction usually means our brains have been rewired to such an extent that there is little designation left for thoughts about anything other than drugs and/or alcohol. Personal hygiene, finances, relationships, and nutrition all fall to the wayside. Different substances affect nutrition in different ways. For example, alcohol can cause munchies, but the high sugar levels of alcohol throw our nutritional system off balance.
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3 Steps to Start the Process of Overcoming Addiction

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Do you have the desire to overcome an addiction, but you don’t know where to start? People often agree that getting started feels like the hardest part. It is common to feel fear or anxiety about the recovery ahead, but you can rest assured to know that recovery is possible when you choose the right treatment program.

Follow these three steps so that you can get the help that you need: [Read more…]