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How Does Drug Addiction Affect Families?

Support for families affected by substance abuse has not been given a strong emphasis for years. The cost of setting up a solid family support system is seen as one of the major obstacles. Families are also not viewed as ‘patients’ that need to be tested and monitored. The fact is drug addiction can cause […]

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Managing Addiction While Traveling

If you’ve got some vacation time coming up, maybe you’ve considered sneaking out of town for some much needed rest and relaxation. Or perhaps there are business matters that have you trekking cross-country. Either way, traveling to new destinations can be an exciting opportunity to ease some tension and refuel your mind. For some, it’s […]

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How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

It’s every parent’s fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it’s a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before they hit puberty. So what possesses them to do this? As with many […]

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Drug Education Strategies

Drug education programs have come a long way since the “Just Say No” campaign of the 80’s. As a society we understand a lot more about mental health, substance abuse, and addiction. We have learned that none of these are simple issues and words like “denial,” “intervention,” and “self-medicating” have become part of our common […]

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Creating Your Purpose in Addiction Recovery

Finding Meaning In Your Life Many folks new to recovery often ask me about meaning; more specifically, finding meaning in their lives. Victor Frankel said it best in his award winning book Man’s Search for Meaning. I won’t go into some long explanation about why you should read this book. All I’ll tell you is that […]

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Teen Inhalant Abuse & Treatment

Inhalant drugs may seem safer than traditional street drugs like heroin or cocaine, but they are just as dangerous. Not only can inhalant abuse result in addiction, but it can also cause serious long-term health consequences and sometimes even death. Dangers of Inhalants As a parent, you may wonder why inhalants are so dangerous. After […]

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The Often Unseen Side Effects Of Addiction To Prescription Drugs

Effects Of Addiction To The Prescription Drugs Drug dependency is a big issue in American health care, with many addicts treated for their addictions. However, there is often a misconception about what it means to be addicted to drugs and the effect it has. There is too much emphasis on the harrowing impact of hard drugs […]

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Starting Over After You Have Lost Everything to Addiction

There is a common myth that claims drug addicts and alcoholics must hit rock bottom before they will finally be ready to get clean and sober. This is certainly not true of everyone; however, the terrible dynamics of addiction are such that many men and women caught in its clutches can spiral downward so quickly […]

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What is harm reduction?

A position statement from Harm Reduction International Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop. The defining features are the focus on the prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself, […]

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Dating In Early Recovery

The first few months of recovery from addiction are some of the most difficult. Insomnia, triggers, drug cravings, and the need to deal with emotions that were previously numbed with drugs make early recovery a period of enormous adjustment. An Interview with Tanya Desloover, MA, CADCII Learning to feel emotions again, including positive feelings of […]

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Uncertainty.

Artwork created and provided by Lottie Ellis Art. It’s said that pain changes people. It’s true. Although none of us want to feel alone on our journeys, to an extent, we are just that. Sure, there are people who can relate to this part or commiserate with that part, but no one ever really gets […]

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7 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve Sober

Recovery is fun—and that’s a fact. But in early recovery, you might not know how to have fun sober, especially around the holidays. This New Year’s Eve, you can try to change that. Between trying new things, getting a group of sober friends together, or just thinking outside the box, there’s plenty to do that […]

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