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How Do Outpatient Rehab Programs Work?

Outpatient treatment allows clients to live at home, continue to work or attend school and fulfill other personal obligations. Recovering individuals attend group and individual therapy sessions each week. They meet regularly with a psychiatrist for medications to manage withdrawal, cravings and any existing mental health issues. The treatment is similar to that provided in a residential facility, although it is less expensive and somewhat less intense. Outpatient treatment can accommodate those with mild to moderate coexisting medical or mental health conditions by increasing the number and length of therapeutic visits each week. One important major difference in outpatient treatment is individuals are subjected to external triggers that can easily sabotage recovery efforts. On the other hand, proponents of outpatient rehab say it more accurately tests the efficacy of ongoing treatment and the client’s coping mechanisms because they face outside triggers.1,2 Read More

Posted on June 19, 2017
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How to Help Your Addicted Teen

Having a teen who is addicted to drugs is heartbreaking, but you can help her get well again. Helping a teen get sober can be a challenge, but it is the only thing you can do when you face losing her to addiction. Stats on teenage drug use tell us that too many teens are drinking, smoking and abusing drugs. They are getting addicted and are suffering the consequences. Get help for your teen now, before it is too late. Read More

Posted on June 12, 2017
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Is Opioid Addiction a Middle Class Phenomenon?

Prescription opioid addiction is slashing and burning its way across the American landscape. Since the late 1990s, the rate of narcotic painkiller addiction (and overdose) has soared, and addiction treatment centers are now overflowing with men and women dependent on drugs like OxyContin, fentanyl, Vicodin and Percocet.

The arrival of the 21st century has also been accompanied by a sudden rise in heroin use, and this is directly related to the narcotic painkiller addiction problem. Even though heroin is an illicit drug, it binds with the same receptors in the brain as its prescription opioid cousins, meaning it can be used interchangeably with these drugs. Read More

Posted on May 15, 2017

How Addiction Lights Up the Brain: Dopamine (and Other Neurotransmitters) 101

A number of scientific studies have revealed the complex workings of our brain’s motivation and reward center and how neurotransmitters, often referred to as the brain’s “feel-good chemicals,” are released when we desire something or experience pleasure.

Our brains produce numerous natural neurotransmitters that play critical roles in our health and how we feel. The brain also changes its production of these neurotransmitters in response to certain substances or stimuli, and this is why many experts now recognize the role neurotransmitters play in addiction. They explain that we become addicted as chemically induced alterations in neurotransmitter levels confuse the brain’s pleasure and reward mechanisms, driving addiction and, ultimately, challenging recovery. Read More

Posted on April 25, 2017
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Embracing the ‘Failure’ of Relapse

Relapse is more the rule than the exception in addiction recovery. In fact, relapse is considered a component of addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which says, “Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” Instead of viewing relapse as a failure, NIDA recommends that people in recovery should interpret it as a sign that their treatment may need to be reinitiated or adjusted.

According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, roughly 60% of recovering addicts relapse within one year of completing treatment for substance abuse. But in addiction recovery we often get second chances, and more, to move past relapse and onward with our sobriety. Read More

Posted on April 21, 2017
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Meth Paranoia and Domestic Violence Rates

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, long-lasting chemical substance that affects the central nervous system and creates a feeling of intense euphoria in the user. Meth works by causing the brain to release very high levels of the chemical dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects attention, alertness, motivation and motor function. The harmful effects of methamphetamine on the brain, such as meth paranoia, are believed to be caused by the elevated dopamine release. Chronic use of meth can cause depression, fatigue, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions and violent behavior. Read More

Posted on April 6, 2017
Food Addiction vs. Over Eating

Am I Dieting Failure or a Food Addict?

Everyone overeats at some point. It could be an extra helping at dinner or sampling every dessert at a wedding or eating for comfort after a tough day. Others set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight but they start, stop and never really let a new eating program take hold. All of these behaviors fall within the realm of “normal.”
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Posted on January 12, 2017
Young Teen Porn Addiction

Pornography Addiction a Growing Concern for Young Teens

Many people are uncomfortable talking about pornography use and addiction in general, let alone as a problem that affects young teenagers and pre-teens. Unfortunately, regular pornography exposure is a real concern for adolescents and may put young people at risk for delinquent behavior and even teen porn addiction.
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Posted on December 23, 2016
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If You Have an Employee With a Substance Use Disorder, You Could Be Their Lifeline

When the holiday season arrives, workplace parties are a common form of celebration. Some amount of alcohol consumption is expected during these events, and most who attend will drink responsibly and in moderation.

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Posted on November 23, 2016
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Addiction Expert’s Reddit Q&A Schools Visitors About College Drugs

For many young people, college means finding themselves in a new environment, freed from parental oversight, making their own decisions, and struggling to keep up academically and fit in socially. It’s pretty much a recipe for alcohol and drug use.
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Posted on September 26, 2016
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7 Facts About Substance Abuse Every EAP Professional Should Know

Employee assistance programs (EAPs) have the potential to be powerful ammunition on the frontlines of addiction and mental health issues in the workforce. As more companies begin to rely on EAPs to help alleviate barriers to timely, affordable behavioral healthcare services, it’s important that EAP professionals are up to speed on some key facts about substance abuse.
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Posted on September 20, 2016
September National Recovery Month

Addiction Recovery’s Most Unexpected Rewards

For many, September’s National Recovery Month is personal, a time to reflect on life then as compared to life now and celebrate how far they’ve come.
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Posted on September 1, 2016
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