Category: Drug and alcohol abuse

What is the 12 Step Program?

January 17, 2018

The 12 Step Recovery Program One cannot talk about recovery without discussion about the 12 Step Program.  Even casual observers are familiar with the term. In essence, it is a set of tenets and guidelines to help move people through the process of recovery. In case you’re curious, here are the 12 steps. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe a Power greater than ourselves...

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The Long Term Effects of Cocaine

January 10, 2018

The Long Term Effects of Cocaine Studies on the long term effects of cocaine on the body and mind have revealed a great deal of information. Researchers have found that with repeated exposure to cocaine, the brain starts to adapt, resulting in the reward pathway becoming less sensitive to natural reinforcers. While this is going on, the brain's circuits involved in managing stress become increasingly sensitive, leading to increased displeasure....

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Why is an AA Sponsor so Important?

January 19, 2018

The Importance of an AA Sponsor One of the most important choices you will make while in recovery is the selection of your AA sponsor. This is the person who will be there offer support and guidance to a sponsee, which in this case is you. A sponsor doesn't just guide you  through the AA program, but he/she is there to be a listening post. Being able to rely on a sympathetic ear can be particularly important when a recovering addict feels they are...

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What is the Opioid Epidemic?

January 9, 2018

What is the Opioid Epidemic? Every news agency is reporting heavily on the opioid addiction, but what is the opioid epidemic exactly? In this article, we’ll explore the deadly truths surrounding drug overdose deaths and the link between substance abuse and mental health What Exactly are Opiates? The term "Opiates" actually refers to a roster of drugs. These range from legal drugs such as fentanyl, codeine, and morphine to illegal drugs such...

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How to Confront an Addict

January 8, 2018

How to Confront an Addict If you’re wondering how to confront an addict, there are several steps that can be taken to increase your chance of success. From looking for signs in their behavior to researching treatment centers, the items on this list can provide some insight into how to confront an addict while remaining respectful and calm. Put Some Serious Thought into Your Preparation Deciding how to confront an addict is never a pleasant...

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How to Find an AA Meeting

January 5, 2018

How to Find an AA Meeting It has never been easier to find a local AA meeting thanks to today's technology. AA meetings are popular and help augment the support addicts receive at an outpatient support program. For those wondering how to find an AA meeting, here are some of our favorite resources. As you can imagine, the first place you'll search “how to find an AA meeting” is on the internet. If you don't have access to a computer,...

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The Advantages of Traveling for Sober Living

February 18, 2019

Sober living homes offer a unique living environment that supports abstinence from drugs and alcohol and helps maintain a healthy recovery lifestyle.1 Sober homes offer people in recovery a safe place to transition into independent living, and many people decide on traveling for sober living, rather than staying close to home. Let's take a look at why leaving your hometown may be best. Traveling for Sober Living Offers More Options When you're...

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What are the Signs of Adderall Abuse?

January 24, 2018

What Is Adderall? To understand the seriousness of Adderall abuse and addiction, it helps to understand what Adderall is. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has benefits with sleep disorders and in managing some forms of severe depression as well. This drug is classified as a central nervous system stimulant, which...

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Long Term Effects of Prescription Pill Abuse

January 25, 2018

Long-Term Effects of Prescription Pill Abuse Prescription pill addiction affects individuals of all ethnicities and genders—here are the long-term effects of prescription pill abuse. Many studies have been done on the long-term effects of prescription pill abuse. When prescribed for you by a doctor, these medications can indeed be helpful or even life-saving. It's when these drugs are taken without a prescription or not as directed that they...

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How to Talk About Addiction

January 29, 2018

Parents Play an Important Role It probably comes as no surprise that parents play a significant role in preventing alcohol and prescription pill addiction. Parents who teach their children healthy living and sense of responsibility are being proactive. When parents spend time talking about addiction and its dangers, the seed is planted. It makes it clear to children that this behavior is dangerous and fraught with consequences. By encouraging...

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