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Types of Therapy for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Written by Jessica White
Community Mental Health Worker & Case Manager

Deciding to look or attend drug and alcohol treatment might be a difficult decision, but ultimately a beneficial and rewarding one. If you are considering this treatment for yourself or exploring it for someone else, you should become familiar with the different treatment options, including therapy for drug addiction. This article will review the kinds of therapies available for those who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, such as different types of behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, EMDR, family therapy, and more. However, before we explore the kinds of therapy, it’s important to be aware of the reasons and factors that can contribute to addiction.

About Us
The primary goal of Addiction Resource is to provide information, resources, and strength in support to addicted individuals.

Addiction Resource is an informational content guide serving individuals and their families who struggle with addiction, substance use disorders, and mental health disorders.

Striving to provide relevant information related to addiction and addiction treatment, Addiction Resource is owned by the Addiction Resource Media Group. This marketing group has more than fifteen years of combined knowledge in marketing and more than a decade in addiction treatment content creation.

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providing up-to-date, accurate, and evidence-based information related to addiction, substance abuse, mental health, and treatment
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About Our Content
Our content is created with the most current research available and updated regularly by our editorial team.

Topics are selected based on research, which tells us which types of treatment our audience may be looking for, which types of addiction individuals across the nation may be facing, and which types of treatment may be most helpful and effective.

Articles are written based on fact and checked for accuracy by treatment professionals in the industry. For any information relating to addiction treatment or addiction, we use only government-led, medically reviewed, or university-published sources.

Our Mission
Here at Addiction Resource, our goal is to provide the most trusted content for individuals and their families who are researching addiction, substance abuse, and treatment options. We strive to offer a wealth of information that is both useful and completely accurate in our quest to help individuals seek recovery.

Interactive Map of Drug Overdose Deaths
Drug overdose deaths are an unfortunate reality in the U.S., especially as these numbers continue to grow. While most people don’t intend to overdose, the reality is that everyone who engages in substance abuse is vulnerable. The question of how to prevent overdoses is complex, and is made even more difficult with the rise in synthetic opioids, poly-drug use, and medical prescriptions.


A War on Home Soil for Veterans
This article will discuss how veteran substance abuse hurts our troops when they return home.
And we will discuss the way that we can help them overcome their substance use disorders.

Coronavirus and Substance Use: Risks of Going Untreated

COVID-19 (the coronavirus) has been in the news and top of mind over the last week. Although the coronavirus is a severe public health concern, the disease of addiction is also a serious and challenging one to battle. Couple this with a co-occurring mental health disorder, and it can feel overwhelming. However, this is a battle that can be won with a supportive team.

Updates about COVID-19 are evolving continually, which causes changes to protocols, recommendations, and policies for healthcare professionals. We at American Addiction Centers (AAC) are monitoring daily and are updating our procedures and policies as necessary in line with guidance from the CDC (Center of Disease Control and Protection), WHO (World Health Organization), as well as federal and state authorities. We are committed to supporting our patients and their families who suffer from and are directly impacted by the disease of addiction.

We Ask an Expert About the Common Causes of PTSD
When Elevate’s own Aspen Jewel and Dr. Merchant went live on FB a while back, they dove right into the subject of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes. But first, a bit about Tyler Merchant, DO: He’s one of our wonderful and compassionate cannabis doctors at Elevate Holistics. In addition, he’s the medical director of Holistic Family Medicine and Obstetrics LLC, with located in Sedalia, MO.

Dr. Merchant’s Experience
While he is not a psychiatrist, Dr. Merchant has seen his fair share of people living with PTSD. According to him “With PTSD, and to be upfront with everybody here who's listening in, I am not a PTSD expert, focused just on PTSD. That's not my sole expertise, and I'm not a psychiatrist. I'm a family doctor, but I work a lot with patients with mood disorders and traumas.”

After listening to his experiences and insights, it’s apparent that Dr. Merchant has some super-helpful knowledge and understanding to share from a medical standpoint. When Aspen jumped right in with causes of PTSD questions, he offered some real and raw answers.

Welcome to Louisiana Medical Marijuana Doctors

Although it has been highly politicized and the subject of much cultural hyperbole over the past few decades, the medicinal properties of cannabis have become more apparent in recent years, paving the way for its widespread legalization for medical and even recreational use.

Over the years, marijuana at certain potency levels, has proven to be an effective resource in the successful management of a wide array of serious conditions, including but not limited to:

Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss
Mild, Moderate and Sever Pain
Severe and Debilitating Nausea
Glaucoma and Vision Issues
Cancer Symptoms
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS of “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”)
In addition to the above conditions, marijuana with certain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrations has demonstrated increasingly promising results in helping people over post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that is particularly common among the United States Veteran population.

Data from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) indicates that rates of PTSD among retired veterans are approximately:

20 percent for those who have served in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF)
12 percent for those who have served in the Gulf War (Desert Storm)
15 percent for those who have served in the Vietnam War
The agency also reports that around 30 percent rates of lifetime PTSD among veteran populations. Factors that can contribute to PTSD among vets include active combat, the inability to successfully transition to civilian life after active service and more. These factors can, and often do, also lead to increased rates of substance use disorder.


As theopioid crisis ravaged the country, mainstream American became more aware of the dangers posed by certain painkillers. However, there’s another epidemic that doesn’t grab too many headlines.

Instead, this public health crisis is documented in two recent studies. One tracked the drinking habits of 40,000 Americans between 2002 and 2003 and again between 2012 and 2013 reflected an alarming trend in alcohol use. Based on extrapolated data, the JAMA Psychiatry study found that “alcohol use disorders” increased drastically, and that approximately one in eight Americans battle an alcohol use disorder.

Then a different study found that nearly 17 million Americans grapple with some aspect of alcohol addiction. That study also found that alcoholism takes a staggering toll on the American economy, costing industry roughly $186 billion per year based on: lost productivity; damages caused by alcoholic employees; and potential liability for any acts perpetrated by such employees that result in workplace injuries.

While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) both afford some protection to American workers struggling with alcoholism, it is not absolute.


Intravenous (IV) drugs are those injected directly into the body. While you might think that track marks will be easily visible on a friend’s or loved one’s arm, many people are able to hide the marks connected to substance abuse. Some people inject the skin between the toes and in other areas of the body that you can’t see.
Can You Inject Meth?
Yes, you can inject meth. It’s one of the most common ways to take the drug. Because they develop a dependence on meth, many people start by snorting meth, move up to smoking meth, and then end up injecting meth. Injecting meth provides the fastest and most powerful high.1
Can You Inject Heroin?
Yes, you can inject heroin. Injecting heroin is the most popular method of taking the drug. More than 50% of heroin users report injecting heroin, as opposed to snorting, ingesting, or smoking.1
Looking for the Signs
If someone you love uses one of these drugs, it’s helpful to know the signs of shooting up and the dangers of addiction.
First Sign of Substance Abuse: Highs and Lows
A common sign that someone you know uses IV drugs is when that person experiences frequent highs and lows. You can think of this in the same you would the crash associated with caffeine or sugar. When you drink several cups of coffee or bottles of soda a day, the sugar and caffeine can leave you feeling wiry and jittery. Once those substances leave your system, though, you’ll feel a crushing sensation that might make you feel tired and worn out.

People who use IV drugs feel and act the same way through highs and lows. Some prefer injecting drugs to smoking or snorting substances because injecting produces a faster reaction. As the drugs go directly into the bloodstream, users feel the high much faster. The injection method can also produce a faster crash period because as the drugs leave, their pleasurable symptoms dissipate quickly too. Some of the signs you might notice during the crash period, also known as the cooling period, include:

Trouble concentrating or thinking
Issues with making decisions
Head nodding
Falling asleep in any spot or position
Irritability any mood swings

Contingency Management Helps Veterans Stay Drug-Free
Veterans, especially recent veterans, have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic and the rise in other substance use disorders (SUD). Problems of chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) make substance use and abuse more likely.
Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has treated SUD with contingency management (CM), a technique that promotes abstinence from drugs and alcohol. The technique is simple, costs little, and boasts a high success rate. More than 4,000 veterans have participated in a 12-week contingency management program at more than 100 VA medical centers.
The CM method has not been widely used by private addiction rehabilitation facilities or accepted by many insurers. For example, Medicaid, which in 2014 paid for 21% of all SUD treatment in the United States, does not cover contingency management.
What Is Contingency Management (CM)?
How Contingency Management Works
Why Does Contingency Management Work?
Contingency Management and MAT

The Contingency Management Program is Funded by the Veterans Canteen Service (VCS)

Why Some People Do Not Use Contingency Management
Substance Abuse Among Veterans

Blood alcohol content, or BAC, is a term that refers to the percentage of alcohol found in a person’s blood stream, and it can be measured within 30 minutes to an hour after that individual starts drinking. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no shortcut to sobering up—time is the only reliable option. As such, water, coffee, and cold showers won’t reverse the effects of alcohol in your system.

DUI laws make it vital for anyone drinking outside of their home to be aware of their blood alcohol content before hopping in the car.

While everyone metabolizes alcohol differently, blood alcohol content calculators serve as a way to estimate how much you’ve had to drink. But, it’s important to note that while calculators can help you check in with yourself, they are not a completely reliable tool for determining whether it’s safe to drive or appropriate to work after drinking.

In this article, we’ll discuss what a BAC calculator is for, factors that influence BAC, and how BAC calculators may help you avoid DUIs—and the consequences that come with that offense.



Table of Contents

How is BAC Determined?
How BAC Impacts the Body
Additional Consequences

Blood Alcohol Content Concentration and Alcohol Impairment
Question: Why check the ‘BAC’, and how is this measured?
Question: Are there specific types of alcohol or drinks that can drive the BAC?
Question: What drives my BAC?
Question: Can medications or other drugs affect BAC?
Question: What happens when I am impaired?
Question: Is there a way to know if I am already impaired, and why is this important?
Below is a chart that illustrates the common symbols that may be shown by drivers, with different BAC levels.
Question: Can I still stay safe even if I plan to drink and travel?
Please Don’t Drink and Drive!
All states have passed a .08 per se law. the final one took effect in august of 2005.


Addiction has always been known to run in the family, a fact now supported by decades of rigorous observational research. For centuries, the trend was chalked up to the consequences of upbringing, class, or race.

In 1967, two researchers selectively bred rats depending on their affinity to morphine addiction. They were able to predict a rat’s proclivity for opioid abuse, given the trait in the parents, regardless of environmental factors. Researchers further discovered that the rats at risk for morphine addiction also had a higher chance of developing alcoholism. These scientists concluded that there was at least one genetic factor contributing to addiction.

Addiction: Nature versus nurture
The exact mechanisms of this trend are still being explored; the battle of nature versus nurture has been difficult to tease apart.

Whether it’s caffeine or heroin, some similarities underlie all types of addiction.

At the very least, we’re aware that addiction usually involves the ‘reward pathways’ in the brain – a dopamine-fueled system that dictates our motivations. Some compounds – like cocaine – act on this network itself. Many recreational drugs either increase dopamine production or limit its reuptake.

On top of that, how our bodies metabolize drugs and toxins plays a significant role in the way we react to the substance. In the case of alcohol, it is converted into a toxic by-product that is best characterized by the hangover it causes. This metabolite changes into a harmless compound that can be used by the body or disposed of. Therefore, the speed and efficiency of both these steps can significantly affect your relationship with alcohol.

Addiction and genetics
The best example of a genetic effect on drug tolerance is known as the “alcohol flush reaction.” It implicates the second conversion step mentioned above: the build-up of toxic metabolites after drinking. For over 30% of East Asians, this process occurs very slowly, resulting in very uncomfortable side-effects. As a result, they’re significantly less likely to drink at all, effectively eliminating the risk of alcoholism.

This phenomenon is due to deficiencies in the genes related to alcohol metabolism. It is also the only addiction-related variant assessed in 23andMe’s Wellness panel. This has an indirect association with the risk of alcohol abuse. Other genetic mutations have demonstrated a much more pervasive impact.

A shocking example implicates a gene associated with dopamine activity in the brain. An ancient fragment of viral DNA can be found in a certain ‘unused’ part of the RASGRF2 gene, passed down through the generations. Furthermore, this genetic ‘infection’ is associated with a higher risk of intravenous drug use, a hallmark of significant addiction.

This demonstrates the power of dopamine in substance abuse disorders. It also indicates how easily the balance of this neurotransmitter can be disturbed.


Your Happy, Fulfilled Life Is Our Goal
We’re here to find the best treatment center for you—both for what you need and for what you want. Our curated list of rehabs includes some of the best treatment centers in the country. No matter where you live or what your past is, you can get a customized rehab that fits you, either by calling or taking the quiz.

Cigars, Little Cigars, and Cigarillos
Health Care Costs of Smoking
Increased Risk of Chronic Illness
Medical Procedure Costs
Other Physical Costs of Smoking
Life, Health, and Critical Illness Insurance


My name is Courtney, I’m part of the Community Outreach team for Florin|Roebig, a firm focused on those that have been victimized or taken advantage of. Most of our clients are not able to afford lawyers so we provide all of these services for free. Because of our passion for community involvement, we've created these guides to share information about nationwide problems and possible legal action.

Late 2019, FDA released a statement alerting patients and healthcare providers of a safety concern regarding the drug, ranitidine, commonly bought under the brand name, Zantac. The test findings demonstrating toxic levels of a carcinogenic ingredient known as NDMA.

Personal injury lawsuits claim these drug makers marketed and sold drugs contaminated with toxic amounts of NDMA, without disclosing the health risks, such as cancer-causing effects, to the government or the public. Because of this, people across the US have joined lawsuits against Zantac.

Consumers and their loved ones are understandably concerned about the recent statements. It's important to make this information much more accessible than it's been in the past. In this guide,, we touch on points such as:
• Types Of Cancer Linked To Zantac
• What To Do If You’ve Taken Zantac
• Types of Damages Awarded
• & much more.


More than Emotional Support
How Support Animals Improve Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

Why does Laguna Shores Recovery make your support animal an important part of your recovery?
Because studies show that a brief visit with your pet can reduce the underlying causes of addict
What other benefits does a support animal provide in your recovery?
1.Caring for the pet keeps you busy, allowing less time for temptation.
2.The pet can keep you physically active.
3.Caring for the pet can decrease your isolation and provide positive social interaction.
4.And many more benefits!
Table of Contents
Benefit of Pets
Types of Animal Therapies
Therapy Animals
Animal Therapy for Addiction
Ways Animals Help Recovery
Service Animals in Rehab
Equine Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy
Finding a Support Animal
Is It Right for You?
How to Pay for Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one has faced addiction, you’re not alone. One in seven Americans will face substance addiction in their lives, according to USA Today. However, only 10% of those people will ever receive treatment.

Addiction is caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, psychological problems, the type of drug, and trauma, among other things. It can build slowly over time and become a chemical craving for the substance.

One of the major barriers to treatment is cost. According to, inpatient treatment can cost between $2,000 and $25,000 for a 30-day program. Outpatient treatment can range from free to $10,000, and detox can range from $300 to $800 a day.

Given the high cost of treatment, the idea of paying for rehab can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

The cost of not addressing addiction is also high. There’s the money required to pay for the substances, along with the incalculable toll addiction takes on one’s body and interpersonal relationships.

Sleep Shelters for Homeless

Are you at risk of becoming homeless? Is your housing secure? If you lost your job tomorrow or were injured in an accident and unable to work for a few months, would you become homeless? Or are you already in a tenuous predicament, living in an informal situation without a lease? Homeless numbers have risen but the number of individuals and families who are housing insecure has grown even faster.
Who is Homeless?
Facing Homelessness?
Homeless vs Housing Insecurity
Domestic Violence and Homelessness
Homeless Shelter Rules and Services
People who May Experience Greater Difficulty Finding Shelter
Nationwide Assistance
State-by-State Statistics and High-Level Resources
Unseen Avoidable Costs of Homelessness
Health Risks in Shelters
Prevention is Better than Cures

Substance abuse: Unpacking a Public Health Crisis

In November 2016, a report by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy detailed a growing concern over the health implications of drug and alcohol addiction. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health examines the pathology and classification of substance misuse painting a picture of a crisis that is taking a heavy toll on the nation, both financially and socially.

“Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder,” Murthy told the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.”

For public health experts, the crisis is likely to impact policy and treatment strategies for years to come. With the prompt from Murthy shaping the discourse, public health officials must seek effective means of treatment and prevention that harness the data we have available, while still navigating cultural conceptions — and misconceptions — about substance abuse.

The diversity of misuse
In the report, Murthy takes a broad, comprehensive approach, including a variety of substances and use disorders. In his preface, Murthy claims that “there is no single solution,” recognizing the use behaviors are influenced by a variety of factors, as well as acknowledging that the various substances have their own unique challenges.

The broadness of this approach is a double-edged sword for public health officials: On the one hand, the diversity of research analyzed by the surgeon general provides a strong baseline for future insight. On the other hand, it creates a challenge for public health officials to know where to start.

The picture of substance abuse detailed by the surgeon general is one of nearly epidemic proportion: In 2015, almost 48 million Americans used an illicit drug or misused a prescription medication. About 67 million also reported binge drinking in the last month — defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a sustained pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 percent or over, and nearly 28 million people self-reported driving under the influence in the past year.

“Substance misuse is a major public health challenge and a priority for our nation to address,” wrote U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in the report’s executive summary. “The effects of substance use are cumulative and costly for our society, placing burdens on workplaces, the health care system, families, states and communities.”

Many students think that finding a good well-paid job is the real challenge and it is indeed true considering a 37% unemployment rate among the civilian noninstitutional population of 16 years and older. However, students with disabilities are the ones who face even more obstacles as barely 20% of them mentioned that they are employed, according to the 2018 annual survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though all these numbers should show to students is that there are multiple opportunities that are not yet used for their benefit and this article intends to reveal some of them.

Problems that students with disabilities face in search of a career
Firstly, they often are afraid of disclosing the fact that they have a disability due to the fear of the immediate harsh rejection. Secondly, they might face instances of discrimination from employers’ side which impede students from even attempts to give it a try. Thirdly, they might not understand that a job seeker has numerous rights and it does not matter whether he or she has any disabilities.

Another problem that forms the background for the above-mentioned ones is the lack of resources and available options. It might be the lack of specific career counseling services or centers for people with disabilities in both the college or the entire city. Local employers might have limited options available for students with disabilities.

Problems that are the consequences of all stated issues include the absence of required experience and skills: lack of specific job-related skills, limited teamwork ability, and lack of communication skills. All these aspects result in an insufficient resume that, consequently, makes a student even more afraid of seeking new opportunities than before. That is why it is crucial to realize all the negative effects of this vicious circle and do not be afraid of making small steps towards the goal, even if they do not appear to be effective at first sight.

Table of Contents
Veterans Substance Abuse Statistics
Signs of a Substance Abuse Disorder
When Is It Time to Get Help?
Common Causes in Veterans
Long-Term Risks for Substance Abuse
PTSD and Substance Abuse
Substance Abuse in Female Veterans
Addiction Treatment for Veterans
Detox for Veterans
Traditional Therapies
How to Find Help
Help for Veterans with Substance Abuse
Alcohol-Related Medical Conditions

People who abuse alcohol often do so to escape the troubles of their lives. Whether they’re facing financial, emotional, or physical troubles alcohol often numbs them to their worries which is ironic because alcohol abuse is often the root cause of many of their problems.
The more alcohol is abused the worst problems often become. Soon relationships are broken, finances are ruined, careers are flushed down the drain, and (usually worst of all), life-threatening health conditions begin to arise. Alcohol abuse has been the root cause of well over 60 diseases that range from minor to life-threatening.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the most common medical conditions that come about from alcohol abuse.
Brain Damage

Alcohol poisoning
Hepatitis and other types of liver diseases
Sexually-Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Severe Bodily Injury
Combating alcohol abuse

Since e-cigarettes were introduced to the United States in 2007, vaping has been touted as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, even by anti-smoking advocates. The inventor of the first commercially successful e-cigarette claims he was motivated by his father’s death from lung cancer.

That doesn’t mean that vaping is harm-free. There are too many factors and not enough research.
The Dangers of Vaping:
Vaping’s use as a treatment to end smoking cigarettes lacks adequate scientific research to back claims that it is effective or harmless.
Teens who never smoked are vaping, and sometimes go on to smoke traditional cigarettes as well.
There has been a recent rash of young vapers experiencing lung problems, and a few adult vapers have died.
What Is Vaping?
Vaping is a smokeless alternative to smoking. It often uses nicotine but instead of burning tobacco, it heats a liquid containing nicotine, chemicals, and flavorings. One pod of e-liquid is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes. For some users, that might last for days or a week, but others go through several in a day.
When one smokes, one inhales and exhales the smoke from burning tobacco, paper, and many chemicals. When one vapes, one inhales an aerosol, commonly referred to as a vapor, produced by heating a nicotine-infused liquid in an electronic device that is usually designated as an electronic or e-cigarette or a vaporizer.
What is Vaping?
Types of Vapes
Alternatives of Cigarettes
Does Vaping Help Smokers Quit?
Is Vaping Dangerous?
Bad Effects of Vaping
Outbreak of Vaping-Related Illness
Do Vapers in Other Countries Have Health Problems?
Why Do Young People Vape?
Less Conspicuous
It’s Not Smoking
How Can You Tell If Your Child is Vaping?
How Not to Stop Teens from Vaping?
Don’t ban e-cigarettes or vaping pods
Don’t use deceptive scare tactics
Don’t set a bad example
How Do You Stop Teens from Vaping?

COMPLETE GUIDE 2019: Muscle Dysmorphia and Steroid Abuse Prevention Among Young Males in High School and Universities
"Younger males experience a unique and distinct set of cultural circumstances and expectations that render them psychologically vulnerable to steroid abuse."
The scientific reason young males abuse illegal steroids - Muscle dysmorphia (MD)
Definition: Muscle dysmorphia (MD) is a type of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
It is characterized in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) by an obsessive and clinically diagnosable negative perception of one’s appearance, specifically a malignant preoccupation with building muscle mass.

MD was once labeled “reverse anorexia” in previous editions of the DSM, but was reclassified in 1993. It is still sometimes referred to as “bigorexia”. Muscle dysmorphia is similar to other types of body dysmorphic disorder in its manifestation through negative body image and the obsessive of some (in this case muscle size); however, symptoms are often more intense, and often include an even stronger avoidance of social activities and interaction.

Recent data from the body dysmorphia education and advocacy organization Mirror-Mirror indicates that approximately 10 percent of bodybuilders suffer from BDD, but that it also affects between one and three percent of males. One of the more malignant and dysfunctional means through which muscle dysmorphia sufferers is through the excessive use of steroids to build muscle. According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), steroid misuse is associated with muscle dysmorphia, a behavioral disorder in which men think that they look small and weak, even if they are large and muscular.

The reality is that younger males experience a unique and distinct set of cultural circumstances and expectations that render them psychologically vulnerable to these conditions. Understanding the relationship between these two conditions, their impact on health and quality of life and how to treat them is key to improving care outcomes.

The Distinction between Binge Drinking and Alcoholism
Most people know that alcohol issues develop when people lose control over how much or how eagerly they drink. That lack of control defines and outlines an alcohol disorder.
But there can be subtle distinctions between problems relating to alcohol. For example, there are differences in habits and dangers among people who binge drink and people who have alcoholism. This article will outline and define what makes these two alcohol use disorders different from one another.
Binge Drinking Defined
Alcoholism Defined
Binge Drinking Risks
Alcoholism Risks
Binge Drinking Treatment
Alcoholism Treatment
Why Accurate Diagnosis Matters

Substance Abuse Treatment Plans: 4 Things You Need to Know
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 21 million people (12 and over) needed drug treatment in 2016. Of the 21 million who needed treatment, about 3.8 million received treatment in 2016.
There are several options for those seeking treatment for substance abuse. The type of treatment is dependent on the individual and the circumstances of the addiction.
1) How is Substance Use Disorder Diagnosed?
2) What’s the Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment?
3) What is the Best Therapy for Substance Abuse?
4) What Medications Are Used in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Peer Support Groups
12-Step Program

Anxiety in College by the Numbers
College is a time of major changes, so it’s no wonder it is also a time when many students experience anxiety. When you know what you’re dealing with, know how to cope and can find the right help, you can manage anxiety.
A survey that asked college counselors about anxiety issues found that anxiety is the top issue for college students (41.6 %). About 25% of college students were taking medications to treat mental health issues.
Another study done by Penn State found that more than 60% of college students report anxiety as one of their major health concerns. College students struggling with anxiety cuts across all sexes and races. One study found that the rates of anxiety disorders reported by US college students doubled from 2008 to 2016. During this time, the rates for anxiety disorders rose by 65% for transgender students, 67% for male students, and 92% for female students.
Table of Contents
Anxiety by the Numbers
Anxiety vs. Stress
Things to Avoid
How to Fight Anxiety
Signs You May Need Help
Anxiety and Substance Abuse
Finding Help
Additional Anxiety Support
Online Resources


Mother-Fetus Connection
The profound connection between mother and fetus is deeper than most think.
While mother and child don’t share blood, the placenta provides a connection between the two, allowing for the exchange of nutrients, wastes, and gasses. The placental wall acts as a barrier, albeit an extremely porous one. Substances consumed by the mother permeate the placental wall and enter the fetus’ circulation, providing nutrients from food the mother eats, liquids she consumes, and air she breathes.
But the shared substances don’t stop at what is necessary for the fetus’ growth and survival. Alcohol and drugs – both prescription and illicit – are also able to permeate the placenta, often causing congenital disabilities, behavioral changes, and even death.
Women comprise 40 percent of those with lifetime drug use disorders. Additionally, the risk of developing such disorders increases during reproductive years, putting women who are pregnant or soon to become pregnant at an increased risk for substance abuse.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) defines substance use disorder as the impulsive use of substances despite negative consequences. It is diagnosed by the presence of 11 different criteria.
While a disorder can range from mild to severe, any use of substances can negatively impact both mother and child.

Addiction Treatment and Recovery Guide for Disabled People
Addictions are intensifiers. If you have a physical disability, an addiction can worsen your discomfort and increase your limitations.
Addictions and physical illness can also intertwine. Addressing just one problem allows the other to worsen.
Addictions complicated by physical limitations can be treated. They must be addressed at the same time, and your doctor must take your history into account when developing your recovery plan.
The Recovery Village
633 Umatilla Blvd.
Umatilla, FL 32784
(844) 306-7082

The warm weather and lively culture of South Florida make it distinctive and undeniably appealing. However, one challenge this region shares with the rest of the country is that South Florida teens can be susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse, which may eventually result in addiction. Teen drug addiction presents some unique challenges, but recovery is possible for every teen who struggles with drug or alcohol abuse.
Teens Experiment With Drugs
By the time they graduate from high school, the majority of teenagers have tried at least one drug. Experimentation with drugs may stem from:
A naturally increased curiosity about the world
Living in a home where drug use is present
Early exposure to drug or alcohol use from family or friends
Peer pressure, or having friends who use drugs or alcohol
An inability to cope with unpleasant feelings or a traumatizing experience

Recovery Village
4905 Lantana Road
Lake Worth, FL 33463
Ph. 561-582-2030

Addictive drugs and substances are everywhere in our society. Some have been around for decades or even centuries, while others have just cropped up in recent years.
Treatment centers see teenage patients struggling with addiction to many different types of drugs. As a parent, it’s important to stay informed of the drug landscape and to learn how it can affect your teen if they experiment.
Teen drug abuse is a societal issue that has never gone away, but the way we look at teen addiction has become more sophisticated over the years.
Table of Contents
Teen Drug Abuse Facts and Statistics
Signs of Teen Drug Use
Causes of Teen Drug Abuse
Drugs Commonly Used By Teens
Effects of Teen Drug Use
Does My Child Need Professional Treatment?
The Recovery Village
633 Umatilla Blvd, Umatilla, FL 32784

Addiction has many faces and lives all around us. It does not discriminate, does not have any discretion with regards to which neighborhood it is found in, and doesn’t care how much money you have. It is not concerned with what kind of job you have or how much education you received.

Whether you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, once you notice the need for that substance becoming your primary focus, it has already taken over.

Recognizing the signs of addiction is a critical first step in getting help for yourself or a loved one. This can be a difficult task because addiction has so many different ways in which it can manifest. No two addictions are ever quite the same; however, most do have certain noticeable signs and symptoms.

Once you have identified the presence of substance abuse, you are then able to seek treatment. The good news is that there is help available. All you have to do is ask.

To help you navigate through this article and find the information you need, click on any of the topics listed below to skip directly to that section:
Overview of Addiction
Adderall Addiction
Alcohol Addiction
Benzo Addiction
Cocaine Addiction
Crack Addiction
Ecstasy Addiction
Ketamine Addiction
Opioid Addiction
Heroin Addiction
Meth Addiction
PCP Addiction
Sleeping Pill Addiction
Synthetic Marijuana Addiction
Getting Help
Denver Recovery Center
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160 detox and rehab beds across the UK, treatment for all addictions including alcoholism, all drug addictions and eating disorders.
Spanning from luxurious rehabs with en-suite rooms, gyms and on-site medical nursing units to low-cost clinics.
Catering for all people from all walks of life. All our rehabs have 24/7 on-site specialist addiction professionals ensuring the patient will have the highest level of care offered in the country.
UKAT always addresses the individual as a whole and will tailor treatment to the addiction and long-term recovery of the patient. All UKAT centres have a family programme dedicated to helping family members

Mental illness covers a wide spectrum of conditions that affect children, teens, and adults. Almost one in five U.S. adults are diagnosed with a mental illness. Mental illness can be broadly separated into two categories: any mental illness and serious mental illness. Any mental illness covers all mental illnesses that have been recognized to date, whether that’s occasional depression or another behavioral, emotional, or mental condition that causes upset but can be dealt with without extreme intervention. Serious mental illness encompasses conditions that are more severe, including severe versions of things such as depression. These are behavioral, emotional, or mental conditions that cause serious functional impairment, interfering with one or more major life activities.

Established for over 15 years, the Abbeycare Group provides treatment for those suffering with alcohol and drug addictions with proven outcomes.
Abbeycare Group are residential addiction treatment clinics situated throughout the UK. With rehab clinics in Scotland, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, in Newmarket less than an hour from London and our flagship clinic in Gloucestershire, we treat people suffering with alcohol and drug addiction and the problems associated with substance dependence and misuse and have a proven track record.

The ongoing accumulation of addiction research offers a more thorough understanding of addiction. However, while we know more now than ever before, we continue to look for answers, particularly when it comes to addiction development and susceptibility. Studies have approached the search for variables that could be responsible for the development of addiction from many different angles.
The hope is to find connections or causal relationships between the disease and an individual’s social, experiential or biological circumstances. Since a child’s circumstances and experiences shape his or her physical and psychological development, it follows that researchers would begin looking at the role that childhood experience might play in becoming an addict.
Neurological Anomalies in Victims of Childhood Maltreatment
The relationship between childhood trauma and susceptibility to addiction can be best understood when one knows how experience influences the brain’s development. Although none can deny the importance of biology and genetics in the brain’s development, the human brain has the innate ability to respond and adapt to environmental stimulation, which is called plasticity.1
As the brain begins growing and maturing during childhood, it creates, strengthens, and occasionally discards neural connections, which compose a network between neurons that imbue the brain with its many functions. One’s experiences affect brain development in a similar manner as learning to speak or walk, causing certain synapses, or connections between neurons, to develop, grow stronger or break.
In short, the growth of the brain and its eventual physical structure are significantly affected by one’s experiences, both the positive and the negative. And while experience often leads to the brain developing in ways that are beneficial, experience can also be negative, which can impede or otherwise alter the brain’s development.
Specifically, the negative experience of childhood maltreatment is believed to be behind certain anomalies in brain structure that result in cognitive, behavioral and social impairments.2
Upon an assessment of individuals who had experienced childhood maltreatment, a study found that being mistreated during childhood caused frequent and extremely high levels of stress that impeded normal brain development. Continuous stress from experiencing frequent maltreatment initiated physiological stress responses that, over time, caused the structural disruptions that were observed in neurological scans and which are likely making victims of childhood trauma vulnerable to substance abuse disorders
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Leaving an inpatient treatment environment is overwhelming. These factors can make it even more so:

You were living with people who use drugs or alcohol
You need a substantial amount of sobriety before returning home
You don’t have a sober support system
You are new to recovery and the 12-step program
If this sounds like you, a Carla Vista home gives you the skills to stay sober while reducing your relapse risk. We’ll give you more than a place to live. We’ll give you safety and support with a proven structure—all of the necessary tools to rebuild your life. sober-residents-volleyball-game
More Than a House
When we say we offer a home, we mean it. If you think “sober living” means staying in an untidy, crowded house in a rough neighborhood where people are still using, think again. We take pride in our homes, and each one is 100% tour-ready at all times. Before you ever become part of the Carla Vista family, you can tour our houses and talk to our current residents. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Senior citizens have unique needs when it comes to addiction treatment. Having grown up in a different generation from many others struggling with substance abuse, the elderly may view addiction differently. It is important that a drug rehab program covers issues that are relevant to the older generation, and this may be done most effectively through age-specific treatment.

Addiction And Mental Health Concerns For Senior Citizens
The field of mental health has become more respected over the years, but mental health issues used to be highly stigmatized. Many older adults may feel ashamed that they have a substance use disorder since they grew up in a time when people did not discuss these sorts of problems.


Our Mission
At Alcohol Addiction Center, our mission is to provide information and resources for anyone struggling with an alcohol problem, either through a friend or family member, or with a problem of their own. We are not a facility. Each situation is unique, and we strive to educate and inform people about alcoholism, or known by its clinical name, alcohol use disorder.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
Opioid Abuse in America

An overview of how the opioid epidemic is impacting the U.S., along with information and resources for those seeking to understand the signs and effects of opioid use. Our guide includes definitions, statistics, and resources about current research and legislation seeking to help prevent opioid abuse

The opioid epidemic is essentially the rising tide of opioid abuse in America. When opioid abuse becomes serious and frequent, it can lead to addiction and death. Opioids have become widely available, either via prescription or the black market, and this increasing availability is contributing to an escalation in the number of people who become addicted.

Users are finding it easy to access opioids that are very potent and therefore quite dangerous. High-potency opioids are some of the most, if not the most, addictive drugs in the world. They are flooding the market and people are overdosing on them at record levels.

Psychologists are on the frontlines of the crisis as they strive to help addicts recover and rebuild their lives. Psychologists also help families and individuals who struggle when their loved ones become addicted to opioids, and bachelor’s degree candidates in psychology are learning how opioids interact with the human brain in order to better understand how to intervene.

This article examines the opioid epidemic in detail and addresses the psychological underpinnings of the crisis. Here, you’ll discover the scope of the epidemic, the root of it, the psychology and physicality of opioid abuse, what to look for to spot someone who is using, as well as possible solutions.


How Healthcare Administrators Are Tackling the Binge Drinking Epidemic

A thorough overview of the difference between alcohol abuse and binge drinking, including the individual and public hazards of both, especially drunk driving. It provides current research and statistics regarding how healthcare professionals are actively treating this tragic issue in our society, as well as how individuals can work together to help prevent binge-drinking and support recovery for themselves and each other.

Binge drinking is a significant contributor to a number of preventable alcohol-related deaths in the US annually. While it may not seem as serious, or even recognizable, as more conventional forms of alcoholism, binge drinking is associated with many alcohol-related health risks. The rise of binge drinking — and related hazards — has prompted public health officials, those looking to study healthcare administration, educators, and drug and alcohol advocacy organizations to take a closer look to gain insight into preventing this form of alcohol abuse.

Binge Drinking vs Alcoholism
Binge drinking and alcoholism are just two of the many behaviors which constitute alcohol abuse. Binge drinking is often taken lightly and dismissed as “just having a good time” or, “normal college behavior.” Binge drinking is essentially heavily consuming alcohol in a short period of time, with no apparent frequency.

Alcoholism is associated with a daily dependency on alcohol. It is a clinical disease that many functioning members of society are dealing with and can be treated. Binge drinking may be more episodic, or portray a sense of being “in control” compared to some of the symptoms associated with alcoholism.

A study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that “nearly 20 percent of alcoholics are highly functional and well-educated with good incomes.” While binge drinking and alcoholism may be related, it is essential to make the distinction between the two to understand the health risks. Knowing the underlying causes, frequency, and risks involved with these alcohol abuse behaviors can also shed light on how to treat them.


Safe and effective chronic pain relief treatments to curb opioid epidemic


College Substance Abuse Statistics, Facts, & Recovery – The Complete Guide

College is supposed to be a time of learning, but also adventures and new experiences.
For many young people, it’s the first time they’re on their own, and without the structure of their childhood home and family life, they may experiment.
Unfortunately, that experimentation can lead to not-so-healthy habits including the use of substances, and unhealthy drinking patterns.
While it can be alarming to hear, the reality is substance abuse and binge drinking are significant problems on college campuses around the country.
You’ll often hear news stories about college students unintentionally dying because of alcohol poisoning, drug overdoses, or doing things that are dangerous while under the influence including driving.
Too often red flags of substance abuse are seen as typical college kid behavior.
Brushing possible substance abuse issues under the rug can lead to short- and long-term consequences that may be difficult to escape from, ranging from full-blown addiction to academic and legal consequences.


What Are Opioids?

From the NIDA, “Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.”

Opioids chemically interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and body. When prescribed and administered appropriately, prescription opioids are generally safe pain relievers to help an individual manage pain associated with an injury or disease process. Because pain relief from opioids often produces a euphoric experience they commonly become misused.

Because the effects of opioids are so powerful misuse of prescription medication -- even when used appropriately by Physician recommendation -- the effects can lead to chemical dependence, addiction, overdose, and death.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: Opioid Abuse in America

The opioid epidemic is essentially the rising tide of opioid abuse in America. When opioid abuse becomes serious and frequent, it can lead to addiction and death. Opioids have become widely available, either via prescription or the black market, and this increasing availability is contributing to an escalation in the number of people who become addicted.

Users are finding it easy to access opioids that are very potent and therefore quite dangerous. High-potency opioids are some of the most, if not the most, addictive drugs in the world. They are flooding the market and people are overdosing on them at record levels.

Psychologists are on the frontlines of the crisis as they strive to help addicts recover and rebuild their lives. Psychologists also help families and individuals who struggle when their loved ones become addicted to opioids, and bachelor’s degree candidates in psychology are learning how opioids interact with the human brain in order to better understand how to intervene.

This article examines the opioid epidemic in detail and addresses the psychological underpinnings of the crisis. Here, you’ll discover the scope of the epidemic, the root of it, the psychology and physicality of opioid abuse, what to look for to spot someone who is using, as well as possible solutions.

What Are Opioids?
Opioids are man-made painkillers. They mimic the effect of pain-relieving hormones the human body produces naturally. There are multiple types of opioids, but they’re all based on chemical compounds in the opium poppy plant, papaver somniferum. The chemical compounds themselves, in their natural form, are classified as opiates. These compounds include morphine and codeine.

When drug manufacturers further refine and concentrate opiates, or synthesize them, they create opioids. Opiates and opioids bind to receptors in the brain, causing the receptors to release signals that block pain. Since one of these receptors, the mu-opioid receptor, triggers reward systems in the brain, opioids are highly addictive.

How Healthcare Administrators Are Tackling the Binge Drinking Epidemic

Binge drinking is a significant contributor to a number of preventable alcohol-related deaths in the US annually. While it may not seem as serious, or even recognizable, as more conventional forms of alcoholism, binge drinking is associated with many alcohol-related health risks. The rise of binge drinking — and related hazards — has prompted public health officials, those looking to study healthcare administration, educators, and drug and alcohol advocacy organizations to take a closer look to gain insight into preventing this form of alcohol abuse.

How to Spot the Warning Signs of Addiction in Teenagers

Teenagers are susceptible to dangerous mental health challenges such as addiction to drugs or alcohol. Because of the ever-changing social circles they run in and must adapt to as they mature, decision-making is not always easy as an impressionable young adult. There are also external stressors that impact their use of substances, since young adults may not always have strong healthy coping mechanisms yet. Understanding the warning signs of addiction and other serious mental health issues can help you be proactive as a parent and intervene early on.

Difference in Basic Behaviors

The first warning signs of addiction can look like basic changes in your teenager's behavior. Everyday actions such as the meals they eat or the amount of time they spend outside may drastically change for unexplained reasons. Early addiction behaviors might cause teenagers to make unhealthy decisions in other areas of their life as well, like reduced fitness activity or time spent with friends.

Consider a conversation with your teen if you notice drastic changes in these areas:

  1. Eating unhealthy or overly greasy foods early in the day
  2. Spending time alone in their room or rummaging through areas where alcohol is stored
  3. Waking up much later and having issues sleeping
  4. Less motivation to complete schoolwork or spend time outdoors

Social Changes

Changes in social behavior are also extremely telling of a teen's mental health. With addiction, there are generally two directions a teen can go if their behavior has been affected. They may begin to isolate themselves if negative social experiences are impacting a reliance on alcohol. Bullying and other painful experiences sometimes drive teens to retreat into the home or use alcohol to "numb" pain if they are not helped appropriately. In other scenarios, teens might be exposed to addictive behaviors if they surround themselves with friends who do dangerous things. Your teen may be pressured to experiment with alcohol if they are unsure how to say "no".

Be attentive to major social changes including:

  1. Brand new or suspicious friends
  2. Suddenly avoiding social activity
  3. Lying or breaking curfew rules
  4. Dressing differently or saying disturbing phrases

Low Energy or Isolation

One of the most telling signs that your teen may be suffering from addiction is the physical energy and isolation behaviors they may exhibit. Low energy is a warning sign of alcoholism because of its effect on the body's metabolism and overall mood. Your teenager may sleep less, sleep in more, have trouble getting ready for basic everyday activities, or show negative differences in their mood. Similarly, isolation behaviors can warn you that something is wrong in your teen's general health. Avoiding family and friends can be their cry for help if they need someone to reach out with resources or support.

 Consider reaching out if your teen exhibits low energy behaviors such as:

  1. Suddenly quitting sports or activities
  2. Spending all awake hours in their room or away from home
  3. Avoiding conversations and even confrontations
  4. Unexplained dark circles or cravings and too much sedentary time

Rebellion or Secrecy

            The last major warning sign for addiction in teenagers is rebellion of your usual communication with them. Most teens have a healthy amount or secrets or pieces of their lives unknown to their parents, but the line is crossed if your teen begins to blatantly rebel in an out-of-character way. Perhaps you have established family rules they begin to break, or begin to act out in other ways. You may experience more arguments with your teen or notice them keeping you in the dark for conversations you may otherwise be open about. Rebellion of your family values or bond as parent and teen is a sign you may need outside help to intervene and bring them back to health.

Rebellion can look like:

  1. Starting arguments with you over usually "calm" topics
  2. Breaking family rules such as curfew or agreed-upon family time
  3. Openly drinking or breaking rules around parties in high school
  4. Refusing to answer related questions or making up excuses

            Addiction behaviors can show up differently in teens based on their unique struggles, coping mechanisms, and environments. As a parent, you may not always be able to prevent their addiction, but you can educate yourself on the warning signs to protect them as early as possible. Being there for your teenager requires open communication and letting them know these warning signs exist in the first place. By establishing this trust and educating your family on mental health warning signs, you can feel confident in your ability to spot struggles before they begin.

What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain-relieving medication that is stronger than morphine and prescribed to treat severe pain.1 Although the drug is legal when prescribed and used as directed, a growing number of Americans are abusing fentanyl — and tragically dying from the abuse.

Chemists make fentanyl in a laboratory to have a similar chemical structure to that of the opium poppy plant.1 However, chemists have chemically modified fentanyl so it is more potent than poppy plants or many other forms of pain-relieving medications, including morphine and Demerol. When fentanyl is taken, the drug binds to opioid receptors present in the brain. This blocks pain sensations, but also has side effects that can include nausea, drowsiness, confusion, constipation, and extremely slow to no breathing. Fentanyl’s effects on breathing make it easy to overdose on the drug.

Pharmaceutical companies manufacture and sell fentanyl under brand names that include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze.1 Manufacturers produce fentanyl in many forms. These include a pill, intravenous (IV) injection, patch, or even a lozenge that is similar to a cough drop.
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What is Fentanyl?
What Are Fentanyl’s Effects?
What Are Some Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Addiction?
What Are Misconceptions About Fentanyl?
What Do I Do If I See a Fentanyl Overdose?
What Are the Treatments for Fentanyl Abuse?
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The term “body image” refers to how you see and feel about your appearance and how you believe others see you. It’s the way you view yourself when you gaze into a mirror, which may not always be an accurate perception. It’s also the picture you get in your mind when you imagine what you look like to others as well as how you feel within your body.

Having a negative body image can lead to some serious mental health issues, such as eating disorders.

Negative and Positive Body Image

Some signs of having a negative body image include:

  • Often looking in mirrors or weighing yourself multiple times a day
  • Excessively checking your body for imperfections
  • Comparing your shape or weight with others, whether with people you see in your daily life or with celebrities and models
  • Commenting negatively on the way you look, either aloud to others or silently
  • Feeling desperate or anxious about your appearance (this can lead to the beginning of eating disorder behaviors)

Having a negative body image means:

  • Viewing your body’s shape in a distorted way, such as believing you are obese when you actually are not overweight
  • Feeling sure that you are not attractive, while most other people are
  • Feeling embarrassed, self-conscious and anxious about your appearance
  • Feeling strange and awkward in your body

Having a positive body image means:

  • Having a true perception of your body shape
  • Being happy with and appreciating your body’s figure in its natural form
  • Accepting your unique body as it is
  • Being comfortable and confident in your appearance
Alcohol and Drug Rehab for Pregnant/Postpartum Women

Pregnant mothers who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction carry a massive burden as they balance the desire to be healthy and the physical demand of dependency. In 2012, a national survey revealed that 5.9% of pregnant women use illicit drugs, and 8.5% drink alcohol. Addiction can lead to a multitude of challenges in pregnancy, delivery, and overall development. Many women worry that their options for rehabilitation are limited while pregnant or shortly after giving birth. With the help of unique treatment plans, however, there are plenty of options to help pregnant and postpartum women seeking recovery at all stages.

A 2019 Guide to SMART Recovery

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Self-management and recovery training (SMART) Recovery is a substance abuse rehabilitation program that serves as an alternative to traditional 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. 1 SMART Recovery is a program designed to help a person overcome self-defeating thinking in order to achieve long-term sobriety. Take an in-depth view into the program and how it has benefited those struggling with addic
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Your First Step was founded by a group of recovering addicts dedicated to giving others the opportunity for treatment. We connect others with the services they need to help them in their struggle against substance abuse whether that be a detox center, an inpatient or outpatient treatment program, mental health services or just an empathetic ear. As people in recovery ourselves, we have personally experienced the highs and lows of addiction and the recovery process and understand in a way that most others can’t the process of beating addiction.
Through our experiences, we’ve learned how important it is to lend a hand to others in need, even when they don’t realize that they need it. Sometimes your first step isn’t admitting that you have a problem – it’s the tentative questions or thoughts that arise about the possibility of treatment. Figuring out where to start and what your options are can be confusing. We know, because we’ve been there. That’s why we’ve created Your First Step, to provide a resource for the men and women who don’t quite know where to begin when it comes to seeking treatment for addiction.
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Is a new, monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode will tell the story of a community fighting for their lives. It’s also about solutions, justice for those we have lost, and saving lives.
The host and executive producer of CRACKDOWN is Garth Mullins, an award-winning documentarian and longtime community organizer. Garth has been an opioid user for years, injecting heroin daily all the way through the last overdose crisis, and is now on methadone. The podcast is led by an editorial board made up of some of Vancouver’s most experienced drug user activists. CRACKDOWN is undertaken in partnership with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use and produced by Cited Media Productions on the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-waututh) Nations.

Study links daily use of high-strength cannabis to psychosis

A study in the British medical journal The Lancet asserts that daily use of high-potency cannabis is “strongly linked to the risk of developing psychosis.”
The London-based researchers looked at data from 10 sites treating people with psychosis in Europe, and one in Brazil. About three in 10 used cannabis daily, as opposed to 6.8 per cent in a control group.
“Across the 11 sites, people who used cannabis on a daily basis were three times more likely to have a diagnosis of first episode psychosis, compared with people who had never used cannabis,” they wrote. “This increased to five times more likely for daily use of high potency cannabis.”
For the purposes of the study, high-potency cannabis was defined as over 10 per cent THC. In the Netherlands, they said that THC could get up to 67 per cent.
If it was no longer available, they argue, the incidence of psychosis in Amsterdam could drop from 37.9 to 18.8 per 100,000 people per year, and in London from 45.7 to 31.9 per 100,000 people per year.

6 Hobbies to Help You Stay Sober

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If people recovering from substance abuse struggle to find meaning and purpose, they will also struggle to find success in recovery. Now that you’re sober, you’ll want need to fill your time with something other than drugs or alcohol. The more you can fill your life with meaning, the less likely you’ll be tempted to relapse. That’s why a new hobby can come in.

Hobbies have many benefits, and not just for people in recovery. When you take on a new hobby you’ll also find a new outlet to:

Unwind and relax
Meet other people
Discover new talents
Develop new skills
Enhance creativity
Get in better physical shape

How to Find a Hobby
Many people who first begin recovery wonder how they will fill their time. In the throes of addiction they would have had little energy to focus on anything other than drugs or alcohol.
It may have even been years since you’ve had or enjoyed any type of hobby. Here are a few methods for finding rewarding ways to spend your time:

Make a list of activities you enjoyed before falling into substance abuse. An easy way to find a hobby is to rekindle a similar interest you had before drugs and alcohol took control.
Do an internet search for hobbies and activities. Make a brainstorming list to find ones that might be fun to explore.
Experiment with hobbies by joining sober friends and family members in their favorite activities.
Think of hobbies that are both mentally and physically challenging, which would run less of a risk of becoming an
addiction substitution.

Ideas for Hobbies
There are multitudes of exciting activities you can enjoy as an alternative to using drugs or alcohol. The key to finding a hobby is to make sure it’s an activity you really enjoy. A hobby should never feel like a chore. Here are few ideas to get you started:

Exercise. Exercising is much more than going to the gym or running. Hop on a bike or a kayak, do some yoga, grab a friend for a game of tennis or golf, or pick up a solo sport like hiking or swimming. Exercising will not only occupy your time, but it will improve your well-being and release feel-good endorphins that support sobriety.
Cooking. Many people in recovery find honing their culinary skills is a great hobby. It requires attention to detail and can be a fun way to bring together new and old friends who support your sobriety. Plus, nutrition is extremely important for rebuilding a healthy body after addiction.
Photography. The world is filled with beauty, and your new hobby can be to capture that beauty on film. The best part? Many smartphones have excellent cameras so you don’t need to invest in expensive equipment.
Games. Whether you like video games or tabletop gaming, there are numerous options for people in recovery. Many cities now have board game cafes that allow you to play games by the hour and meet new people.
Volunteering. Being of service to others and helping people in need can be a hobby that really gives you meaning and purpose. You can volunteer at homeless shelters, veterans’ organizations, schools or animal shelters.
Crafting. Getting creative is a great way to stay on your path of sobriety. Painting, woodworking, painting, sculpting, knitting and scrapbooking are just a few crafts that you can explore. Don’t have any idea how to start? That’s okay! Many crafting stores have classes you can tak

People will find meaning in different ways, and people in recovery know just how important meaning can be when it comes to living a fulfilling life. Some will find that sense of purpose in religion, spirituality, physical activity or being creative. Finding a hobby that really excites you is also a wonderful way to find meaning and purpose in a life post-addiction.

Life-changing companions: How to afford a service dog

Service dogs are trained to provide assistance and therapy to various people with disabilities. They can aid in navigation for people who are visually impaired, assist a child who is having a seizure, calm a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can even dial 911 in the event of an emergency. Many individuals depend on service dogs to help them live their everyday lives.

According to the ADA, service dogs are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack or performing other duties.

Tahoma Guiry, chief marketing officer for K9s for Warriors says that what a service dog can do for veterans specifically is nothing short of astounding. “Some veterans will come in and will not have been to a store in a few years, have insomnia, panic attacks, depression, and when they come into our facility, you can see a transformation. They get more and more confident.”

Service dogs differ from emotional support dogs in that a service dog is trained to perform a job that his or her owner cannot. On the other hand, an emotional support dog is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefits. Support animals do not have to be specifically trained. Service dogs are protected by the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access (ACA) Act.

How To Camp With Your Dog

We love our pets. They are a part of the family and leaving them at home when you go on vacations can have you end up feeling guilty. There is one type of vacation that dogs are welcomed and sometimes even encouraged: Camping. Camping and hiking trips are made that much better with our furry friends bounding along on the adventure. On public lands though, there are different sets of rules depending on the destination. Dogs are often welcome on developed campgrounds and hiking trails, however, backcountry may have different regulations than what you expect! Before you camp with your dog, make sure to do the proper research and make it an enjoyable trip for all.
Is my dog allowed?
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Top tips for camping or hiking with your dog
Book a pre-trip vet visit
Have pet specific medical supplies
Bring a tether and stake
Decide where they will sleep
Bring collapsible water and food bowls
Don’t forget pick-up bags

Adolescence is a time of great change. While some changing behaviors may be linked to natural mental or physical transitions experienced during this period, it’s imperative that parents and other adults do not dismiss these signs as only being related to puberty. Too many parents make this mistake, effectively cutting their child off from life-changing care for substance abuse.
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Signs Of Drug Abuse - Paraphernalia of Drug Use - Why And Risk Factors - Prevention and Treatment

Enabling Addictions in Relationships - Examples & How to Find Help

15 Things You Need To Know About Loving Someone With An Addiction

Complicated Grief: Healthy Approaches for Mourning the Loss of a Beloved, But Estranged Addict

Stop Enabling Your Addicted Child

Surviving the Secret Childhood Trauma of a Parent’s Drug Addiction

1-The Importance of Nutrition Education in Recovery from Anorexia
2-Meal Planning for Anorexia Recovery
2-The Role of the Food Journal in Anorexia Recovery
4-Flexibility is Key in Recovery
Nutrition education and counseling are important components of any anorexia nervosa recovery plan. Anorexia is often accompanied by fearful and obsessive ideas and misconceptions about food. Learning and applying the truth about nutrition and changing negative thought patterns surrounding food and eating is central to successful recovery.

A study published in the journal Nutricion Hospitalaria found that after a four- to six-month nutrition counseling program, participants with eating disorders had improved symptoms and more normalized eating patterns.1 In the beginning of the program, 34 percent of participants were eating from at least three food groups, while 70 percent were doing so after the program. Additionally, 19 percent of participants were eating fewer than four meals a day at the end of the program, compared to 70 percent at the program’s start.


Drug & Alcohol Addiction Support Groups

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Support groups for all types of addictions allow people to join together with others who share similar experiences, backgrounds, and struggles. Drug and alcohol substance abuse groups are helpful whether you are interested in a support group as a first step in your journey to recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction or if you want to participate in a group to remain sober and help newer members.

There are hundreds of support groups full of compassionate members around the United States for you to consider. People who live in rural areas or prefer to not leave home to get help from peers have the option of joining many online communities that will be happy to welcome you as a member. There are general groups for any kind of addiction, for specific substance recoveries, for people who are religious or non-religious, and more, so no matter your circumstances and background, there is a community waiting to help you live a happy, healthy, sober life.

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The United States is in the middle of a drug crisis, one of the most affected groups are our veterans. Veteran substance abuse and alcoholism rates continues to be a growing problem throughout the country. Military members from all branches are returning from deployment suffering from a variety of physical/mental health problems and disabilities due to what had happened while they were deployed. This has caused substance abuse and alcohol abuse disorder rates among veterans to become more prevalent.


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(Harm Reduction) Needle Exchange with over 221 needle exchange programs located nationwide

Grief and Addiction
Grief and addiction are tragically connected, with one often causing or worsening the other. Rehab can help individuals cope with both and end the cycle

Rehab Spot has served as a critical source of information on addiction and recovery for those who are struggling with substance abuse disorders and co-morbid mental health conditions.  Focusing on educating people on the whole treatment process: from selection, to what you can expect during treatment, to entering back into a healthy and more fulfilling life after the program ends.

Dating Violence - Stop Violence Against Women - 2018 Guide
t is a tragic, alarming, and utterly preventable cultural reality that women suffer increased rates of violence and harassment in practically every area of life. Antiquated gender roles, predatory societal figures, and a general lack of awareness all contribute to an ugly mosaic of mistreatment of women that has become astonishingly normalized and commonplace, even in the United States of 2018. This mistreatment permeates practically every environment, from our everyday social relationships to one of the most intimate, where women are supposed to feel the safest—their romantic relationships.

The JourneyPure Way
After finishing a 30 or 60 day stint at a residential addiction treatment center, people sometimes report feelings of confusion, alienation, or even abandonment. This is due to their losing the sense of community and camaraderie that they experienced while on-site, undergoing emotionally draining and ultimately fulfilling individual, group, and even experiential therapies. Sometimes, these feelings of loss and alienation lead to relapse.

We here at JourneyPure Nashville believe in a more supportive way to transition people back into their daily lives. Prior to discharge, our clients are assigned a personal recovery coach.

Working with the patient, the personal recovery coach develops an individualized plan for long-term sobriety. The plan is then entered into our JourneyPure Coaching™ app so that patients have access to the recovery support they need, whenever and wherever. Knowing that ongoing recovery support is just a call or a click away can be a mighty contributor to alleviating those feelings of confusion and loneliness.
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As of July 1, 2018, approximately 2,212 U.S. college and university campuses are now entirely smoke-free, according data provided by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. A majority of these institutions (1,853 in total) are also completely tobacco free, and 1,790 of them report that they have eliminated the use of e-cigarettes, too.

This is obviously great news for those who are trying to stop this potentially deadly behavior, but why is the issue of smoking among college students so important?

College Students and Smoking: The Concern
Reasons Why College Students Smoke
Smoking Risk Factors in a College Setting
Effects of Smoking (Both Well-Known and Relatively Unknown)
The Fast Impact of Quitting Smoking
Options to Help You Quit


Why The Disabled Are At A Higher Risk For Substance Abuse And How To Help In Recovery

People living with a physical or intellectual disability are not immune from substance use disorders during their lifetime. It can be difficult for someone with a disability to get the help they need. The disability they have, may have an enormous effect on whether they get treatment or not. It usually comes down to a family member or a loved one that has the ability to get them into the right treatment .

When a disabled individual becomes addicted, it is important to find help geared towards the disability for success in the recovery process. Having compassion and understanding of their disability is also very important in helping them through overcoming addiction.

Substance abuse treatment for a disabled individual must be sensitive to each person’s unique health, medical, and social needs. In order for treatment to be effective, rehabilitation programs must be accessible, compassionate, and skilled at treating both the disability and substance use disorder.

Insurance Guide Content Overview
According to a report supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, women are more likely than men to face multiple barriers to accessing substance abuse treatment and are less likely to seek treatment.
Women typically consume less alcohol, drink alcohol less frequently, and are less likely to develop alcohol-related problems than men. Similarly, women are less likely than men to use illicit drugs and to develop drug-related problems.
Women's Health Insurance Guide for Addiction Treatment

Welcome to We proudly offer an extensive list of detox centers, rehab programs and treatment facilities to choose from. Take the time to view the list of resources throughout the country, which is updated regularly.
Also, whether you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, or you need some other treatment options, we have rehabilitation consultants standing by to assist you. Simply fill out the contact form or call our toll-free number now to speak with a live person.
Best Luxury Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center in California: Individualized Addiction Treatment

Monarch Shores is a licensed and certified luxury rehab center in California, located right off the Pacific Coastal Highway in Orange County. We specialize in providing individualized treatment programs for every unique patient who comes through our doors. Our physician-led multidisciplinary treatment team provides an integrated, holistic approach to treatment that creates long-term effective sobriety. These addiction treatment services include personalized therapy that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), 12-step addiction treatment, non 12-step treatment, dual diagnosis, SMART Recovery, and holistic modalities such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, fitness training, recreational outings and much more.
Our world-class therapists practice over 20 different forms of therapy techniques to meet your individual needs. As a premier luxury drug rehab and alcohol treatment center, we use an approach that incorporates a comfortable, high-end, environment, so you can focus on your personal goals and therapeutic challenges in a relaxed setting. We offer a compassionate team of knowledgeable professionals who treat every client with the utmost dignity and respect. Call today and see why so many others have chosen Monarch Shores as their option for drug rehab in California.

Finding Treatment Can be Easier with Our Help
The number of drug rehab centers in the United States has grown to staggering numbers. Because of this, we have compiled a searchable directory of rehab centers on our website. Organized by state, this list will simplify the process of finding help.
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Substance Abuse Among Lawyers
Lawyers are among the highest paid professionals in the country, earning more than $100,000 a year on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Many people associate this occupation with a life of luxury, assuming legal professionals don’t have the struggles of the lower class, but this is not the case. In fact, there’s a darker side to this career that isn’t as widely known as the perks: substance abuse and addiction. While approximately 10 percent of the average population is addicted to a substance, the percent of those in legal professions who are addicted is higher (18 percent), according to the Oregon State Bar.
Drug and alcohol addiction are two of the most common forms of addiction among lawyers, and they often stem from various psychological factors associated with the profession. But just as with any other health condition, help is available, and although there may be self-imposed barriers to seeking it, the number of treatment options far outweigh them

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Suicidal Thoughts and Alcohol Abuse: Tackling Both Problems Head On

Whether it’s at your sibling’s wedding or happy hour at the local pub, drinking is a pretty common pastime in American life. When handled responsibly, it can be a way to relax in social situations, celebrate with loved ones, and even decompress after a long day at work. When it’s abused, though, it can be dangerous — drinking can change the way you think and see the world, and it’s not always for the better.
People abuse alcohol for all kinds of reasons — financial woes, relationship problems, and trouble at work all tend to be big contributors — and in many different ways. Abuse isn’t always synonymous with alcoholism; even on the weekends is considered abuse. But drinking isn’t the best way to cope with problems, and can even make them appear so massive that ending it all seems like the only way out. In fact, alcohol is a factor in over a quarter of all suicides in the United States and more than a third of suicide victims used alcohol just prior to death.
Coping with an alcohol abuse problem and the suicidal tendencies that sometimes accompany it is a slippery slope to say the least. This guide will help to lead the way to cleaner, happier living by outlining the relationship between alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts and how to overcome both. Keep in mind that while this guide isn’t a substitute for professional help, it can certainly be a positive first step on your road to recovery


Relationship Recovery: Beating Addiction without Breaking Up

Relationships are hard work. If they were easy, every relationship would last forever. Adding addiction and infidelity makes the outcome less predictable, and more challenging. All treatment programs focus on detoxification along with repairing mental and social health, and guide you in how and when to make amends with yourself and others. However, this process can be especially difficult if infidelity is involved.

The key ingredients individuals bring to a good relationship include patience, respect, good communication and lots of effort. It makes sense that this is true of relationships in both good times and bad. But once you have disrespected your partner by being unfaithful, you also need trust and forgiveness. Getting a relationship back on track after infidelity starts with pursuing both through effective communication with your partner.

Forgiveness is often something your partner wants to provide after a betrayal, even if they don’t know how. It is a natural inclination for most people who have been betrayed by someone they love to want to find a way to forgive. It helps both people involved to move on from the situation. As much as forgiving shouldn’t be mistaken for trusting, it’s the cornerstone for a new healthy relationship. Until it is achieved, rebuilding the relationship can’t really begin. While the recovery path you have chosen will help you make amends, understand that the level of betrayal is going to impact that process significantly. How your partner feels is his or her reality, and shouldn’t be dismissed as exaggeration or an overreaction. Be honest with yourself about the magnitude and duration of events that led you to this point, and accept that the effects of your addiction might include you not having a full awareness of every transgression playing into your partner’s emotions.


When considering trust, it’s critical to remember that it belongs to the other person, and is built over time. It's important not to lose hope when rekindling your romance during the recovery process just because the trust isn’t there. Rebuilding trust is a lot like rebuilding a house after a disaster, cleaning up the mess is the hardest part. Make sure you know what stage of the process you’re in (cleaning up, rebuilding, or maintenance) to help manage both you and your partner’s frustrations more effectively. Be especially sensitive to their feelings about any third parties involved in the infidelity, and your continued interactions with them. If the interactions can’t be eliminated entirely, discuss what measures will make your partner feel more secure about the situation. Keep in mind that this will be a trial and error process, and what he or she thinks may work to alleviate fears may not.

Communication is a foundational element in every relationship, and is the starting point for both forgiveness and trust. People can change, and being in addiction recovery is proof. However, over time you and your partner have been conditioned to respond to certain triggers in a particular way. Whether you are having an innocuous conversation that suddenly turns tense, or you are discussing a delicate subject from the start, take responsibility for responding to your partner’s reaction in a more productive way. It’s important to find the balance between keeping the lines of communication open and avoiding the conversation escalating into a major fight. He or she may not have the benefit of a counselor, a support group, or other tools that are available to you through your recovery program to help work through these issues. If they are receptive to counseling, either individually or together, this can help improve communication. If not, don’t push. Even one big fight can impact the progress that’s been made with the relationship.

Regardless of where your relationship stands, remember that if recovery is possible, so is saving the relationship. Focus on maintaining your recovery first. You can't have a healthy relationship without having a healthy you. Focus on your relationship when both you and your partner are ready, and realize it will likely take him or her more time. Communicating and taking it slowly can ultimately help you both repair and rebuild. - Photo Credit:


Recovering from Addiction: The Importance of Support

Smoking affects the central nervous system, reinforcing drug-taking behavior. Support is needed in order to spread awareness and education about smoking’s true effects in order to keep the disease of addiction in remission.
Those who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol understand wholeheartedly the grip a foreign substance can have on the human body. Addiction is more than a physical need which draws a person toward doing something they know not to do. Addiction is a spiritual battle that rages every moment of the individual’s life. It is something that twists the soul, deranges the mind, and corrupts the heart. However, as millions of addicts around the world have come to know – hope is not lost. Recovery is possible for all who wish to possess it.
In light of this, one of the downsides facing those in recovery may be the fact that they are hanging on to smoking cigarettes as a crutch. Cigarettes and coffee are the hallmark of the recovering addict. It is a shame that through the life changing events which transpired in order to free the addict from active use, that individual may still be gripped by the life-stealer known as cigarettes.

et’s take a look at smoking, one of the more powerful addictions people face every day. A single cigarette contains over 600 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. A lit cigarette, however, can produce a deadly cocktail of over 7,000 toxic chemicals. Cigarette smoke can affect virtually every system of the human body. It causes emphysema/COPD, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, blood and lung cancers, and much, much more. Why do so many people smoke knowing that they are destroying their bodies? Addiction.
The addiction to smoking cigarettes is one of the strongest forms of addiction in the world. Cigarettes are as addictive as heroin or cocaine – and can be just as hard to quit. However, after all of the effort, praying, and “just for todays” in order to quit using hardcore substances, why let cigarettes survive the purge?

ll addicts fight a tough battle, and they form a bond with others who are struggling with the same challenges. It is this bond that forms a kinship which results in groups that can truly help one another. Each addict has their own personal backstory, but the end results are always the same. The result is using a foreign substance compulsively, and losing manageability of their own lives. Many have harrowing stories, personal tragedies, and often loss. The loss of a compatriot or family member to the disease can leave a lasting scar.
However, no matter how dire the situation, no matter how deep the scar, no matter how bad an addict suffers – there is hope. Once active use has been survived and remission of the disease has been accomplished, life can now be lived on life’s terms.
But what about smoking? Smoking is just as damaging as any drug on the planet, and actually kills more. Way more. In fact, according to the American Lung Association, each year drug use takes approximately 39 thousand lives. Direct smoking and those who are exposed to second-hand smoke causes approximately 443 thousand deaths per year. An additional 8.5 million live with some form of illness related to smoking or second-hand smoke exposure.
To say that we are fighting a war against these foreign substances, only to give in to the biggest killer of them all is counterproductive. Something must be done.

upport is requested by all recovering addicts, and all who are involved with the process of recovery. Smoking is a battle a recovering addict cannot afford to lose. With all that has been fought for, one more fight is needed. According to the National Library of Medicine, smoking’s effect on the “central nervous system is neuroregulatory in nature, affecting biochemical and physiological functions in a manner that reinforces drug-taking behavior.” Again, smoking can lead back to old habits and relapses, without the recovering addict understanding why. That is why it is imperative to spread awareness on the true effects of smoking. Through education addicts can recover fully, and ensure the disease remains in remission.

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At Rehab 4 Alcoholism we are well known around the United Kingdom for our hard work and dedication in defeating alcoholism. Just so you know our advice is 100% free and impartial. We are independent from the rehabilitation industry and we intend to remain independent.
Our alcohol rehabilitation services are available to people suffering from varying degrees of alcohol addiction. Invariably this includes treatment for so-called chronic alcoholism but also for sufferers exhibiting mild forms of alcoholism. Left unchecked alcoholism leads to serious health complications including brain damage and alcohol-related liver disease. Alcoholism left untreated inflicts lasting wounds on relationships including family life, professional life and social life.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers an industry-leading assessment with one of our experienced admissions officers conducted in complete confidence. If you are suffering or you suspect a loved one is suffering from an alcohol addiction call 0800 111 4108.
Our admissions team helps you through assessments and outlines potential treatment options available. Your needs are our main concern when considering treatment options. Our team makes sure your recovery is successful. Many of our team have been in your situation themselves.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers free support and help to people who suffer with alcohol and drug addiction. Rehab 4 Addiction offers free telephone assistance and also maintains useful resources and guides on its website.
Resources to Combat Porn: Men and Women
Date Created: March 12, 2018
Your eyes are the windows of your soul. What you repeatedly expose yourself to will influence your imagination, your actions, and finally your character. There are three things you need to know about pornography. (1) It’s addictive. Family counselor Gail Hoone said, “Pornography is more addictive than drugs, and thanks to the First Amendment, it’s getting bigger every day.” (2) It’s selfish. It trains you to see people as playthings to be played with, and all for one purpose —self-gratification. Intimacy, responsibility, and commitment are not even in the picture (or frame). (3) It’s shaming. Unlike the lepers in the Bible, pornography doesn’t ring a bell and cry, “Unclean! Unclean!”
Yet when you fall under its control, you find yourself responding to it in ways that leave you feeling cheapened and unclean. But there’s good news. Every leper who came to Jesus was cleansed; and through His blood you can be cleansed too! Furthermore, you can be empowered by His Spirit to cast down every imagination, and take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). (From the devotional, Word for You Today)

My Pilgrimage Online Small Groups
You’ve tried everything to overcome your struggles with pornography or sexual addiction, but nothing’s worked.
Maybe it’s time to rethink everything you thought you knew about it! My Pilgrimage is a groundbreaking way of thinking about pornography that changes you from the inside out, and this small group provides a healthy community for you to change within.
These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week.
The Complete Experience
My Pilgrimage Groups are based on the My Pilgrimage Video Workshop. While it is not required for you to be going through this material to join the group, you will find that your experience will be greatly enhanced by doing so.
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These online small groups are the perfect place to find a community of people who experience the same challenges and struggles that you do. Whether you’re a man, woman, pastor, or student struggling against pornography and sexual temptation, the wife of a husband who is, or someone dealing with same-sex attraction, there’s an X3group available for you.
These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week

You’ve tried everything to overcome your struggles with pornography or sexual addiction, but nothing’s worked. Maybe it’s time to rethink everything you thought you knew about it! My Pilgrimage is a groundbreaking way of thinking about pornography that changes you from the inside out, and this small group provides a healthy community for you to change within.
These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week.


Where can women go to find support, help, and healing in the face of sexual betrayal? Gather together with other women like you through this special small group. It’s made up entirely of women who are enduring the same trials as you – and only those women.
These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week

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Addiction can happen to anyone. A drug or alcohol addiction can take many forms, and while there are undoubtedly both internal and external forces that can lead to a larger chance of forming an addiction, this disease is completely color blind.

It doesn't matter what you look like or where you come from, addiction can happen to anyone. There are many misconceptions about people who are drug addicts or alcoholics. Our mission is to help you or your loved one find answers and support on what steps you can take to overcome your addiction.

Millions of Americans struggle with this disease and we are here to help you understand how an addiction can form and from there guide you to proper treatment and rehab.

Help is out there and it is available to you. There are many treatment options, from inpatient rehab to outpatient counseling and support groups. Just because a problem has developed doesn’t mean it has to stay a problem.

No matter what your background is, we view you as a person and not just a drug addict. Know that you are loved and cared for, and we will do whatever it takes to help.



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