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When the Community Acknowledges Drug Problems, Does It Actually Help?

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Drug abuse and addiction have invaded small towns across America, destroying lives and tearing apart communities. To show support for addiction recovery, many local and national groups hold rallies, walks and other activities to increase awareness and understanding. But what does this acknowledgment of local drug problems do for addicts and people in recovery? What […]
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How to Stop Alcohol Cravings

how to stop alcohol cravings
It can be easy to forget that alcohol is a drug. That is, until you start to develop alcohol cravings. When you start drinking often or quite heavily, you may find that, over time, you begin to crave alcohol. You may be sitting at work and unable to think about anything except for when you […]
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Do I Need Group Therapy for My Addiction?

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Group therapy is a common way to treat substance abuse issues. It can be part of a comprehensive treatment program, like intensive outpatient, or it can be an effective treatment plan all on its own. In a group of people who share similar struggles, you’ll be able to talk through and process what you’re experiencing […]
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What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

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Medication-assisted treatment is an evidence-based method for treating substance abuse. While it’s been around for a few years, it’s just now gaining traction and becoming available at more treatment centers across the country. MAT has garnered attention and sparked discussion, even controversy, since its creation. These opposing reactions have slowed its implementation, even as the […]
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What Are the Signs of Overdose?

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Overdosing is an incredibly traumatic event to both experience and witness. It’s crucial to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose so that if it happens to someone you know, you’ll be able to act fast. It’s normal to feel scared, even panicked when confronting an overdose. However, the outcomes of […]
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What Is a Wet Drug, and Is It Dangerous?

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The term “wet drug” refers to any drug that has been dipped in or laced with either: Liquid PCP or Embalming fluid PCP (phencyclidine) is a powerful hallucinogen and dissociative anesthetic. Embalming fluid contains primarily formaldehyde, ethanol, and methanol. It’s used by funeral homes to preserve bodies, but it’s also gaining popularity as a drug […]
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Is My Social Drinking a Problem?

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Getting together with friends on the weekend to catch up over drinks is a very normal social activity for many people. They may drink to wind down after a long week or to feel more sociable. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but it’s important to be aware of whether your social drinking is crossing the […]
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Dating Someone in Recovery: How to Support Them & Feel Loved

dating a recovering addict
Dating a recovering addict can be challenging. After all, recovery affects both people in the relationship. If you’re dating someone healing from an addiction, it’s important to understand the tools for supporting both yourself and your partner. Here we will discuss what it’s like to date a recovering addict and how to approach the relationship […]
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What Is Relapse?

what is relapse
The definition of relapse is pretty simple: It’s when your symptoms come back after a period of improvement. In terms of substance abuse recovery, a relapse means returning to the use of drugs or alcohol after you’ve abstained. In the example of an alcoholic, a relapse counts as any amount of drinking after you’ve tried […]
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Lies You Might Be Telling Yourself So You Can Keep Abusing Substances

things addicts say to justify
It’s hard to admit you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, especially to yourself. No one wants to feel powerless or out of control. For that reason, denial is common among people with addictions. It’s the  “selective ignoring of information” or a refusal to acknowledge the reality of your situation. Denial allows drug addicts […]
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