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Tips for Having a Sober Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day is one of the highlights of summer. It means fun in the sun, backyard BBQs, fireworks, and friends. For people in recovery, it might also be a little stressful. As you find your balance in your new way of life, discovering new ways to celebrate while staying sober is important. Life after treatment…

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How to Get Back on Track After Getting a DUI

Getting a DUI can impact your life in many ways. Being charged with driving under the influence can be embarrassing, traumatic, and impact the way others see you. You may face legal problems or have consequences at work. Getting back on track after getting a DUI can feel overwhelming, but it is possible. Whether you…

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Finding an Alcohol Rehab Near You

Alcohol addiction negatively impacts a person’s physical, mental, and social health. It also affects their family and community. Overcoming addiction to alcohol can be challenging since drinking is part of our culture. Advertisements, social gatherings, celebrations–the triggers to drink are everywhere. While many people may try to give up alcohol independently, most people require treatment…

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What is the Definition of Sobriety?

When you’re dealing with addiction, the definition of sobriety can seem confusing. Living a life of sobriety may seem out of reach when struggling with a substance use disorder (an addiction to drugs or alcohol). However, there is support available. When you come to us at Northern Illinois Recovery, you can get the support and…

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Can Alcohol Use Make PTSD Symptoms Worse?

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harm, and anxiety. Those symptoms occur due to various traumatic experiences ranging from emotional, physical, verbal, mental, or sexual abuse to surviving combat in war. The experience an individual undergoes or witnesses may not make itself clear at first as being…

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A Look at the Alcohol Detox Process

Drinking alcohol continuously for a period of weeks or months can lead to physical dependence. Stopping or cutting back on the amount of alcohol you consume may result in uncomfortable or dangerous symptoms. This period is referred to as the withdrawal period. For most, the length of time that you have been drinking and the…

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Getting the Most from Addiction Counseling

More than 10% of people in the United States deal with a substance abuse disorder or co-occurring disorder each year. Addiction and substance abuse disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, background, or education. The cause of addiction is unknown, which means that anyone is at risk of developing a substance abuse disorder when…