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Why Interventions Work to Mend Relationships

Why Interventions Work to Mend Relationships

Understanding why interventions work can be important if you have a loved one struggling with substance abuse and addiction. A drug or alcohol intervention is a way to encourage someone with a substance use disorder to acknowledge a problem and get treatment or at least attend something like an Alcoholics Anonymous program.  Of course, as with anything, a formal intervention…

Is Being “In Recovery” a Lifetime Commitment?

Is Being “In Recovery” a Lifetime Commitment?

The term being in recovery might get thrown around without much thought. Being in recovery isn’t meaningless, however. The recovery process is one of the meaningful things you might have in your life, and you can define it on the terms that work for you. Being in long-term recovery is a lifetime commitment, which we discuss more below. What Does…

Inpatient Rehab for a Pregnant Woman

Inpatient Rehab for a Pregnant Woman

Inpatient rehab for women is specifically tailored to the needs of individuals struggling with addiction during pregnancy. Using drugs or alcohol during pregnancy exposes a woman and her developing fetus to potentially serious long-term effects.  Both health care and mental health considerations have to be kept in mind when treating addiction during pregnancy. Treatment centers that work with pregnant patients…

Did the Pandemic Cause People to Relapse on Opioids?

Did the Pandemic Cause People to Relapse on Opioids?

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many adverse effects, even outside the virus itself. Since the start of the pandemic, life has been upended for nearly everyone, including people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.  The effects of the pandemic increase the risk of relapse for opioids and other drugs. We’re just starting to find out some of the relationships…

Living With Chronic Pain In Recovery

Living With Chronic Pain In Recovery

According to studies at the Johns Hopkins Institute, around 50 million persons in the United States suffer from chronic pain. Individuals, families, and the economy all bear a heavy burden for this. Pain, for example, accounts for $80 billion in lost income each year. This is a massive loss to the economy and will also significantly affect the standard of…

Why Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the Best Option

Why Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the Best Option

Towards the end of August 2018, the American Medical Association (AMA) took a bold step when it issued a statement recommending a new approach for legislators to address the spiraling out-of-control opiate crisis. The AMA statement came on the heels of data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning the opiate crisis, including 72,000 fatal overdoses…

Overcoming Addiction With A Holistic Approach

Overcoming Addiction With A Holistic Approach

Some people might be worried about how to overcome addiction. Addiction is a complex illness with many causes. When overcoming addiction, it’s critical to determine the optimal treatment strategy and approach for individuals suffering from any form of addiction. All facets of addiction are addressed in a thorough treatment method to lower the likelihood of relapse in the future. This…

Cocaine Addiction Facts and Statistics

Cocaine Addiction Facts and Statistics

Cocaine addiction occurs because this drug is a powerful stimulant, affecting your brain’s neurotransmitters when you use it. We tend not to think of cocaine as addictive. Unfortunately, people often develop addictions to this drug, affecting their physical and mental health and well-being. Cocaine is an illicit drug with few other legitimate uses.  Most cocaine is a white crystal powder…

The Guide to Breaking Up with an Addict

The Guide to Breaking Up with an Addict

If you’re in a position where you’re considering breaking up with an addict, it can be challenging. Being in a relationship with someone with an active addiction can be difficult or even impossible.  While you may want the best for the person, that can’t come at the cost of your own mental or even physical well-being. People with substance use…

Can Lungs Heal After Smoking?

Can Lungs Heal After Smoking?

If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. It’s a huge accomplishment that deserves to be recognized.  When you quit smoking, you’ll probably have more energy, a longer life expectancy, and better mental health than when you used to smoke. When it comes to quitting smoking, one of the most…