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The Factors that Influence Addiction

May 15, 2019

As time has passed, scientists and researchers have discovered more about what addiction really is and how it affects those who suffer from it. Over the years, there have been many misconceptions about the nature of addiction, but now more than ever, we understand what it truly is. That information is beneficial and important because…

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Brain Differences between Two Types of Alcoholics

April 20, 2019

It is well known and well documented that alcohol addiction can lead to significant changes in the brain, causing the brain tissue of alcoholics to exhibit a variety of differences from the brain tissue of non-alcoholics. A new study, however, has revealed that there is more to these brain changes than what meets the eye.…

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Heavy Alcohol Use May Make It Harder to Quit Smoking

April 5, 2019

Drug and alcohol addictions carry significant negative physical and psychological side effects on their own, and as it turns out, these addictions can also have a negative effect on concurrent drug or alcohol addictions. An international research team recently found that chronic heavy alcohol consumption may make it harder to quit smoking.

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The Role Physical Health Plays In Your Mental Health

February 2, 2019

For anyone who has ever struggled with any sort of mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or addiction, they know that when your mental health is lacking, often, your physical health is as well. It can feel impossible to put any effort into your physical health, when you are struggling so much with your mental…

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Recognizing The Miracles Of The Everyday

February 1, 2019

You aren’t alone in feeling like days drag by, your life full of mundane moment after mundane moment. Life during recovery can feel like this, sometimes. Dragging by, mundane, uninteresting. That isn’t how life was meant to be, and it isn’t how life has to be. It takes a little bit of work, but after…

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COMMON MYTHS ABOUT ADDICTION (PART 2)

January 24, 2019

Addiction Is a Self-Control Issue While this is partly true, it is not accurate to say. Yes, someone who struggles with a substance abuse addiction likely made a conscious decision to begin abusing drugs, alcohol, or other substances, but they likely did not choose the addiction that followed. The chemicals in abused substances can alter…

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COMMON MYTHS ABOUT ADDICTION (PART 1)

January 4, 2019

Substance abuse addiction is a commonly misunderstood disease. Some of the misconceptions are minor, while others can be quite harmful. Just like any issue, substance abuse addiction cannot be properly handled until it is properly understood and because it is such a widespread problem, it is imperative that we do what we can to educate…

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Unusual Types of Addiction Therapy

December 8, 2018

Addiction is best addressed using a comprehensive approach that offers well-rounded physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. This is why many addiction recovery programs involve a variety of techniques in treatment, including one-on-one therapy, group therapy, recreational therapy, and experiential therapy. And addiction recovery need not end at these types of therapy, either. Beyond popular types…

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THE 12 STEPS OF ADDICTION RECOVERY

November 18, 2018

Addiction recovery is often a long and challenging road. The effects that substance abuse can have on an addict and those closest to them can be painful and lasting. However, there is hope for everybody who has been affected by a substance abuse addiction, whether they be an addict or a close friend or family…

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GROUP THERAPY: EXPECTATION VS. REALITY

November 3, 2018

When addicts who have never been to a group therapy session hear the phrase “group therapy,” they tend to instantly become defensive. Their first instinct is to reject the idea, as they often think it is intimidating or embarrassing. They usually have a few misconceptions about group therapy, including the idea that they will be…

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT CARE PROGRAMS

February 20, 2018

When someone has become deeply entangled with alcohol or drugs, it’s a real challenge to break that addiction for good. Since it’s so easy for an individual to relapse into the old life that led to the addiction, it’s a good idea to find intensive outpatient care in Orange Countyi during the transition from rehab to normal…

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HOW DOES LONG-TERM ADDICTION TREATMENT WORK?

February 19, 2018

Addiction is a disease that affects more people than you may realize. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly 10 percent of the population over the age of 12 suffers from an illicit drug addiction at any given time. Whether it’s opioids, hallucinogens, or prescription drugs, the effects of drug addiction are devastating for both the…

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