Texas Addiction Treatment Articles

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers in Houston

Many people seem to go through multiple rehab stints before gaining lasting success with recovery. But you can make your first attempt the last one if you know what to expect and work hard on your addiction recovery. If you feel determined to have sobriety stick, know what to expect at drug and alcohol rehab…

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Residential Treatment Centers in Texas

When looking into addiction treatment, there are a number of different programs that can help you or a loved one get clean. One of the most popular ways to get treatment is residential treatment. Residential addiction treatment is often the best way to overcome drug or alcohol addictions. With lots of residential treatment centers in…

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Physical Dependence Happens With Addiction

You may have an addiction that has a strong physical dependence element to it. Recovery from this type of addiction often requires a customized plan. At Kemah Palms, we have programs to help you overcome a dependence that is physical in nature, such as with benzodiazepines and opioids. What is Physical Dependence? Physical dependence is…

What’s So Bad About Drug Withdrawal Symptoms?

You’ve decided to quit using drugs. However, you’re apprehensive about the drug withdrawal symptoms. Are they as bad as some people say? What can you do to make it through this part of recovery pain-free? What Causes Drug Withdrawal Symptoms? The chemicals in the drugs you take gradually change your body. In most cases, they…

What is Step 12 of the 12 Steps Program?

Step 12 of the 12 Steps: Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. On the path to Step 12 of the 12 Steps, most recovering substance abusers go through a “missionary phase” of…

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Addiction Recovery: Be Willing to Be Imperfect

Strictly speaking, stress “drives” no one to drink—the actual decision is the drinker’s alone. Practically speaking, there’s no question that chronically stressed people are the highest-risk group for becoming addicted and stress management is essential to recovery. If they don’t start using to escape the stress itself, they may become addicted to medications prescribed for…

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Coping with a Dual Diagnosis

You, or a family member, may be among the millions of people with “dual diagnosis”—simultaneous substance-abuse problems and mental illness. People with post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia are particularly vulnerable to falling into addiction via the attempted-self-medication route. What do treatment professionals and mental-health experts say that can help dual-diagnosis patients…

Spell It Out: Understanding Clinical Acronyms

When you’re first considering professional treatment for substance abuse (or any other mental/behavioral health issue), reviewing the various clinical acronyms can be overwhelming. What the heck is an LCSW? What’s the difference between a CAC and a CAS? And what exactly can you expect from someone calling herself an SAP? No doubt, already struggling with…

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. What’s the Purpose of Support Groups? You meet with peers who also experienced drug abuse or an alcohol use disorder. You no longer feel isolated…

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Understanding Behavioral Addictions

One can have many kinds of addictions, not just addiction to drugs or substances. Behavioral addictions can be equally debilitating, and they can affect the quality of life of the addict. In theory, people can get addicted to many seemingly healthy habits to the point where they affect their productivity or daily life activities. They…

Abstinence & Addiction Treatment

When it comes to abstinence, “Just Say No” has been a battle cry against recreational drug use for more than a generation. Yet, teenagers are still saying “yes” to peer pressure. Not to mention the youth and adults who say “yes” to the substance siren call that promises instant pleasure and confidence; easy relief from…

a man connecting the dots in his head about the connection between divorce and addiction

Understanding the Link Between Divorce and Addiction

Navigating a divorce is a life-changing experience that is often clouded by the feeling of loss. Feelings of sorrow, pain, irritability, insecurity, and depression are not uncommon. Like other forms of loss, going through a divorce can feel overwhelming as you try to plan a future and redefine your life without your spouse. Considering the…