Category: Health and wellness

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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Emotional Support Animals and Recovery

October 17, 2018

Drug addiction recovery means total war. For treatment, professionals will use any and all available tools to combat the disease. No stone is left unturned, no treatment us left unconsidered. To treat substance abuse, science has focused on many areas, especially with respect to neuroscience. They've studied how neurotransmitters work in effort to find more effective ways to treat this disease. Neurotransmitters are powerful, and artificial...

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How Can Meditation and Yoga Strengthen My Recovery?

October 13, 2018

YOGA & MEDITATION FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY Through a blend of breath, flow, and meditation, yoga promotes healing and relieves stress in men and women recovering from substance abuse. Yoga is one of the more popular holistic therapies offered by The District Recovery Community. We actively integrate yoga and meditation practices throughout all phases of our co-occurring disorder or addiction treatment program. We work with some amazing...

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Addiction vs Dependence: Is There a Difference?

October 11, 2018

Opioid addiction vs. dependence on opioids. Although frequently confused, differentiating between these two conditions is important in order to understand. Defining these differences will help distinguish the values and effectiveness of certain treatment regimens including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) – which is  treatment approach that combines the use of medications such as methadone and buprenorphine with behavioral counseling. To...

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The Connection Between Depression and Drug Addiction

October 5, 2018

Anxiety, Depression and Drug Addiction Estimates are that more than 40 million American adults are suffering from some degree of an anxiety disorder, including depression.  For those that fit into this category, you have a double or even triple likelihood of also having a substance use disorder. Depression and substance abuse are inexorably linked, according to studies. “There’s a huge overlap between the two,” says Petros Levounis, MD,...

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Five Books To Get You Or a Loved One Through Recovery

September 18, 2018

Not everyone likes to read - we understand that. However, there are some great books about recovery that should compel you to want to take it up again. After all, if you're sitting in rehab or undergoing substance abuse treatment, you've probably got some free time and you could sure use some encouragement, right? For friends or family of a recovering addict, the many great books about recovery offer you some insights into what a recovering addict...

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The Difference Between Substance Abuse, Abuse and Addiction

August 3, 2018

Substance Abuse vs Addiction: Understanding the Differences  Substance abuse and substance addiction are terms that are sometimes used interchangeably. The truth is that people who are addicted to substances and people who abuse substances are quite different. While both actions can have consequences in an individual’s life, understanding the difference between substance abuse vs addiction will arm you with the knowledge to help you take positive...

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How to Raise Your Dopamine Levels WITHOUT Drugs

July 19, 2018

Understanding how to raise your dopamine levels helps to treat depression, one of the core contributors to addiction. Controlling the release of dopamine is and making those dopamine receptors happy is important to maintain a healthy balance in one's life. Treating a dopamine deficiency can provide you with more energy and greater happiness. In fact, one of the leading symptoms of depression is a low dopamine level. Depression can result from...

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Seven Things Recovering Addicts Want You to Know

July 17, 2018

What Recovering Addicts Want You To Know Recovering addicts are often looked upon with consternation, largely due to misconceptions or generalization. If you ever had the opportunity to sit and talk with someone in this position, here is what recovering addicts want you to know: They never chose to become an addict. Although they chose that first drink or that first high, they never chose to become an addict. Everyday, normal people develop an...

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