Rehab & Addiction Blog

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Is Drug Addiction a Choice?

Addiction is an unhealthy coping method for individuals experiencing high-risk situations. High-risk situations create stress and trigger addictive behaviors. Instead of turning to friends and family, those who are struggling with addiction seek relief in substances. This may lead some to wonder, “Is drug addiction a choice?” These substances temporarily alleviate the negative feelings caused…

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Learn Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction During Rehab

Addiction affects the lives of millions of people every year. Everyone’s addiction develops differently. However, doctors have done research on common causes of addiction. Addiction specialists recognize that about half of addiction cases have a genetic or hereditary component. However, the other half has to do with poor coping skills. As a person going through…

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Is Alcohol a Drug?

Is alcohol a drug? Very few people would say that alcohol is a drug, but it comfortably fits the definition of a drug. A drug is any substance that has a physiological effect when consumed. Although alcohol might be a socially accepted substance in moderation, we should still treat it like a drug. Because alcohol…

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Understanding Psychological Dependence & Addiction

Substance abuse and drug addiction result in both physical and psychological dependency. While it is well known that substances like heroin and alcohol are physically addictive, they can also be psychologically addictive. Psychological dependence can involve drugs, alcohol, behavior, or a combination of the three. Addiction is complex, causing significant changes to your brain chemistry,…

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Are Support Groups Really Important for Addiction Recovery?

Addiction is an isolating disease. It causes people to withdraw from others. In contrast, recovery is a group effort. Support groups are an integral part of an effective aftercare program. During addiction treatment, it can be helpful to hear about the stories of others. Knowing you are not alone can make going through recovery a…

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How to Develop Coping Skills for Addiction Recovery

After doing the hard work in rehab, the last thing a recovering addict wants is to relapse. Any relapse delays the ability to get on with living a useful life. During addiction treatment, patients get the chance to learn about their addiction. That includes learning about their triggers and weaknesses. They also get the opportunity…

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How A Xanax Withdrawal Timeline Aids in Recovery

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms Xanax is the brand name of the generic drug alprazolam. It is a treatment for panic disorders and anxiety. It belongs to the category of medications known as benzodiazepines. These medications affect the brain and the central nervous system and create a calming effect by enhancing the natural calming chemicals in the…

Celebrating Freedom from Addiction

Independence Day may be over for another year, but celebrating freedom is something worth doing daily. More valuable even than political freedom is freedom of the soul: Celebrating Freedom to Know What’s Right and Do It Just about everyone who makes it into substance-abuse recovery has sworn many times, “I’ll never do that again.” Then they…

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Shocking Signs of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is a stimulant that hooks its users by causing a dopamine glut in the brain. Abuse of the substance results in a variety of physical signs. For you, these changes might be gradual. For others, the shocking signs of cocaine abuse can worry them enough to ask you to seek help. How Prevalent is…

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Why Go to A Medical Drug Detox

The first step towards recovery from alcohol or drug addiction is going through the medical drug detox process. Detoxification is a critical starting point because it tackles the physical effects of addiction. A person struggling with the physical symptoms of drug denial cannot effectively tackle the mental triggers or health problems that lead to addiction….

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A Guide to Detoxing at Home

Many cases of drug addiction come from a need to self-medicate due to a painful physical condition. Do you suffer from back pains, neck strain, knee discomfort, or some other issue that has you in agony? Sometimes, you get to a place where you will take or do anything to get rid of some of…

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How to Combat Addiction with Mindfulness

“Mindfulness creates space around our pain” (Kemah Palms CEO James Flowers). Mindfulness reduces the desperate feeling that instant relief is everything and self-medication is the easiest option. Being mindful lessens cravings, decrease tension, and tame the attitudes that feed unhealthy habits. Mindfulness is, at heart, a way of accepting oneself and the way things are….