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13
Jan

Creating an Effective Relapse Prevention Plan

If you’ve recently gotten clean, congratulations! You’ve taken a huge step toward a better life by getting sober. Things are probably starting to look up. So, why do 40-60% of recovering addicts and alcoholics who seek treatment relapse within the first year? In this article, we’ll cover the warning signs of relapse and ways to...
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09
Oct

Finding the Best Heroin Rehab Near Me

It might surprise you to learn that heroin was originally intended to be a safer alternative to morphine. Of course, not long after, the awful effects of heroin and heroin withdrawal came out. Heroin abuse is extremely dangerous and habit-forming. Worse yet, any time you shoot up or snort the drug, you risk a fatal...
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11
Sep

Drug Recovery Statistics: What You Need to Know

Substance use disorders are on the rise in the United States. It’s not just illicit drugs, but also prescription abuse of painkillers like oxycodone and fentanyl that has to lead to overdose being one of the leading causes of death in the country. This article will explore addiction rates of commonly abused substances as well...
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28
Aug

The Many Dangers of Binge Drinking

In a 2015 CDC study, researchers found that 1 in 6 adults reported binge drinking. Unfortunately, the act of binge drinking is often glamorized on TV and movies, sending a mixed message to younger people. However, binge drinking is very dangerous and can lead to serious long-term health consequences. In this article, understand the truth about...
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14
Aug

The Importance of Nutrition and Substance Abuse Recovery

Proper nutrition is important for a healthy life. If you suffer from a substance use disorder, nutrition is even more vital. It is one of the essential links to a successful and long-term recovery. During periods of addiction, many people develop poor nutritional habits and, in some cases, more severe health problems like eating disorders. In...
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24
Jul

Florida Will Require Mental Health Classes in Public Schools

The Florida State Board of Education recently announced its intention to make a major adaptation to the public school curriculum. The change? Florida will require mental health classes to be incorporated into each school district’s program of study. No doubt the increase in the prevalence of major depressive disorder among teens and young adults is...
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17
Jul

The Connection Between Depression and Substance Abuse

To ensure accuracy, this article was reviewed by Dr. Jenny Wells. Dr. Wells is a Forensic Psychologist with over 20 years experience, and she received her PhD in Forensic Psychology from the University of Birmingham. Oftentimes, depression, a type of mood disorder, and substance abuse go hand-in-hand. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about...
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10
Jul

16 Celebrities in Recovery from Addiction

The rich and famous are no strangers to drug and alcohol abuse. The number of celebrities struggling with alcohol and drug addictions showcase just how widespread this problem really is. However, the following celebrities in recovery from addiction have been able to heal from substance abuse and lead fulfilling lives. 1. Elton John  Elton John...
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21
Jun

First Responders and Addiction Struggles: Why So Common?

Emergency responders are there for us when we need them the most. From car accidents to fires to medical emergencies, they play a pivotal role in ensuring safety. Their heroic efforts are essential, but undergoing so many strenuous situations can be a strain. First responders are constantly exposed to dangerous, life-threatening issues. That stress can...
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11
Jun

Faith Based Addiction Recovery 101

Testimonies and research continue to show the power of faith based addiction recovery. Perhaps the most famous example is Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step program. It integrates faith in God as a key component of successful addiction rehab. Regardless of religious background, sobriety rates are booming. This is often thanks to an effective combination of addiction recovery...
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