6 Common Sense Tips To Avoid Drug Addiction

Millions of Americans struggle with drug addiction. While there are thousands of medical detox centers to treat such disorders—and that’s certainly a blessing—the best way to escape the damage addiction does to health and to everyday functioning is to avoid developing addiction in the first place. That isn’t as simple as it sounds: in an age when many addictive drugs are easily obtained, even from doctors, “it won’t happen in our family” often falls into the “famous last words” category. Here are our top tips for avoiding drug addiction: 1. Learn better ways to cope with problems than “throwing a…

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Heroin Detox: Doing It At Home Could Be Dangerous

At least since the 1970s, many people’s mental image of “drug withdrawal” has featured a heroin addict in cold-turkey agony, doubled up and groaning on a filthy cot. Heroin, after getting somewhat less attention in the late 20th century, has resurged as a national crisis in the wake of widespread prescription-painkiller addiction: the problem of exchanging one opiate for another is now a major concern for those involved in drug rehab, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2015. There are, of course, many types of addictive substances and many forms of detox (some of which are more dangerous than heroin…

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The Role of Nutrition and Exercise in Holistic Addiction Treatment

When treating addiction, most people tend to forget about the role of nutrition in recovery. In reality, restoring nutrition and balance of the body is critical to a successful recovery and maintaining sobriety. Before, during, and after treatment of an addiction, an individual needs to understand the role of nutrition and exercise in a comprehensive (holistic) addiction treatment plan. What Is Holistic Addiction Treatment? Holistic addiction treatment refers to the use of complementary and alternative therapy in treating substance abuse, explains National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Holistic treatment may include acupuncture, breathing exercises, physical exercise, yoga, equine therapy,…

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Finding Hope And Help Through Dual Diagnosis Programs

It is frustrating enough to experience the hopelessness, despair and other feelings associated with a substance use disorder. A co-occurring mental health disorder can lead to even more confusion. You know you need treatment, but do not know whether to turn to a mental health program or substance abuse program. Discover how you or your loved one can find help and hope at a dual diagnosis treatment program. Occurrence Of Dual Diagnosis Disorders Dual diagnosis disorders occur much more frequently than one might think. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published research results clearly demonstrating the prevalence of…

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Things You Might Not Know about Sober Homes

Addiction Recovery in a Sober Living Home When people suffer from a drug or alcohol addiction, they may use a variety of methods to control their addictive behavior and work towards sobriety. These methods may include 12 step programs, counseling, medications and, in some cases, sober living treatment. Sober living treatment consists of a program where addicts can live together in a residence that is free of drugs and alcohol. Many people report that sober living programs are a very effective way to treat drug and alcohol addiction. In fact, a study from the National Institute of Health confirmed that…

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Schizophrenia and Drug Abuse: What Can You Do?

Mental delusion, hallucinations, and loss of emotional expressiveness are some of the signs of schizophrenia. It is the most misunderstood and difficult brain disorder associated with psychotic episodes and disillusionment. Schizophrenic people most often exhibit wild behavior as a reaction to their bizarre perversion of reality. Schizophrenia belongs to a group of psychological illnesses known as psychotic disorders. Addicted people can develop the same symptoms similar to schizophrenia. With schizophrenic people who tend towards drug addiction, the symptoms aggravate and can lead to its onset. When you or your loved one suffers from this comorbid condition, dual diagnosis treatment is…

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7 Ways To Help Someone Struggling With Bipolar Disorder

Individuals diagnosed with a bipolar disorder are likely at the whim of the associated side effects, including strong mood swings. One of the most effective ways to deal with a bipolar disorder is through engaging with a positive support system. The support system acts as a safety blanket in the treatment and recovery process of the individual. If a loved one is struggling with a bipolar disorder, it is up to the friends and family members involved and to be supportive for this support system helps the individual recoup all the more rapidly, experience less episodes, mood swings, and symptoms…

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Top 10 Tips To Cut Down On Drinking Alcohol

For many people, alcoholic drinks are simply a dietary indulgence and cause no more trouble than coffee. For all too many others, however, alcohol means more than good flavor and mild relaxation: it represents self-medication for pain and stress. When used in this fashion, alcohol stands a high chance of taking over a person’s entire life. As many as one in 13 U.S. adults—not to mention three million high-school-age citizens—may be problem drinkers or alcoholics. If you suspect you yourself may be overdoing the bottle—yet aren’t strictly addicted and hate to give up your special wine completely—here are some tips…

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It’s not Just a Phase: Understanding Teenage Depression

Depression remains the most common mental illness in adults in the U.S. However, many adults tend to forget that depression and other mental illnesses may occur in teenagers as well as children. Often, parents and authoritative figures disregard depressive symptoms as a natural part of adolescence. In reality, the symptoms of depression in teens can be clear indicators of serious, potentially harmful consequences. As a result, parents need to understand teen depression, its signs and symptoms, and how its treatment differs from the depression of adults. What is Teen Depression? Just like adult depression, teen depression refers to the irrational,…

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Alcohol Taking Over Your Life? Learn How Alcohol Rehab Treatment Centers Can Help

Are you an alcoholic? Is a loved one living for the next drink? Do you or a loved one suffer from changes in behavior, mood, lifestyle? Do you wake up and need an eye-opener drink before you start your day? Perhaps you managed to keep your drinking hidden safely away from loved ones and the boss by hiding the alcohol. Do you deny that you need help because you suffer from fear of going to an alcohol addiction treatment center? Learn how you or your loved one can benefit from treatment for alcohol abuse. Suffer no more. Get the help…

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