Category: Drug and alcohol abuse

Working While in Recovery

May 16, 2019

Working While in Recovery: Can it be done? The short answer is - it depends. Since there are different stages of recovery, let's focus on which stage of recovery is most conducive to working while in recovery. First, let's quickly cover the stages of recovery: Rehab/Detox - The first step on the recovery journey is purging the toxins from one's body. This means in-patient rehab (aka "detox") During this stage, you're eseentially in a facility,...

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10 Signs It's Time To Go To Rehab

May 9, 2019

When is it time to go to rehab? In life, some things are crystal clear, others are a bit blurred. In the case of substance abuse, the signs are easy to spot if you're paying attention. For those who continue to live in denial or proclaim that they 'have it under control,' here are 10 crystal-clear signs it's time to go rehab. If you're exhibiting any one of these, experts agree that you are in need of help. 1) You've operated a motor vehicle...

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7 Shocking Statistics About Opioid Addiction

May 2, 2019

New Statistics on Opioid Addiction Have Been Released Every year, millions of Americans use opioids to manage pain. Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain—and reliance on opioids has led to the worst drug crisis in American history. New data shows the impact of America's opioid addiction problems. Since it takes awhile for all of the data to be reported, some of this data isn't from last year but it...

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What Is MAT?

April 24, 2019

MAT, or Medication Assisted Treatment and its Role in Recovery. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders. A combination of medication and behavioral therapies is effective in the treatment of substance use disorders, and can help some people to sustain recovery. Medication-assisted treatment is the use of anti-craving medicine...

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Paying for Treatment with Medicare or Medicaid

April 3, 2019

What are Medicare and Medicaid? Depending on the type of addiction treatment program you've selected, many of them offer the option to use government funded healthcare programs. Inn fact, one of the most commonly used methods for paying for drug and alcohol rehab  is Medicaid or Medicare, both of which are are federal or state-funded health insurance programs. These insurance programs can provide free or low-cost drug and alcohol addiction...

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The Link Between Prescriptions and Opioids

March 26, 2019

The Link Between Prescriptions and Opioids: What Studies Have Shown The link between prescriptions and opioids is a natural area to explore given that so many people have reported that they believe their addiction started only after a doctor prescribed medication for pain. By no means does that suggest that doctors are to blame and only in rare cases have some disreputable doctors been found to be complicit. Most reasonable people would agree...

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How to Tell Friends & Family You're An Addict

March 20, 2019

How to Tell Someone You're an Addict Many addicts struggle with this. There is a much simpler way to look at this: When the time comes for you to get serious about getting sober, you'll realize that you don't want go through this alone - and that's the perfect time to tell someone you're an addict. If you're ready to tell your family that you miss being a part of the family, that's the time. When you want to make amends for the ways you...

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What Is IOP?

February 5, 2019

IOP and Its Place in Recovery An estimated 24 million people suffer from addiction or dependency on drugs and alcohol in the United States. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that only 11 percent – 2.6 million – receive the treatment they need. In general, there are two main types of addiction treatment: inpatient and outpatient. With an inpatient or residential program, clients enter into a...

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The Connection Between Anxiety and Drug Addiction

January 28, 2019

Anxiety and Drug Addiction Estimates are that more than 40 million American adults are suffering from some degree of an anxiety disorder. For those that fit into this category, you have a double or even triple likelihood of also having a substance use disorder. Showing a clear link between anxiety and drug addiction, this coincidence had to be studied further. “There’s a huge overlap between the two,” says Petros Levounis, MD, chair of...

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What's After Rehab?

January 19, 2019

Knowing What's After Rehab is Critical to the Recovery Process The goal of treatment is always to pass to you the the skills you need in life to live a sober life and to manage stresses and challenges. Success after rehab means that these skills are vital to your success. Unfortunately, some people think that completing rehab means they're recovered. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rehab (aka "detox") is nothing more than purging the...

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