Texas Addiction Treatment Articles

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Recovery is Possible Even With High Risk Factors for Addiction

Some of the more obvious risk factors for addiction are maintaining a lifestyle of recreationally using substances known to cause dependence and addiction. Other risk factors are not as obvious but can prove life-altering. Self-medicating for untreated mental or emotional health issues and pain are just as risky and can leave anyone in the grasp…

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Core Values to Guide Addiction Recovery

Chronic pain impacts every part of your life. Chronic pain can cause depression and anxiety. It can limit your mobility and ability to function. Managing chronic pain can lead to a dependency on prescription pain medication. If you or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse, recovery is possible. You can live a life…

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Understanding Addiction Related 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…

Addiction Tip: Remember Your Past, But Move Forward

As Memorial Day weekend begins, let’s all who fight the war against substance abuse and remember how far we’ve come. Remember the Fallen Sadly, we can’t pretend that everyone wins the personal war against substance abuse. In 2014, more than 28,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses, and over 75,000 from alcoholism-related issues (not counting the…

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…

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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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…