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How to Help a Loved One Into Residential Treatment

Addiction can wreak havoc on a person’s physical, emotional, and social health. People who live with addiction and those who love them suffer as the condition takes its toll. If you love someone who struggles with addiction, you might feel worried, angry, frustrated, or sad. You may wonder how to help your loved one get…

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Physical Side Effects of Drug Withdrawal

Addiction to drugs can take its toll on your physical, mental, and social health. Many people find that quitting can be so uncomfortable that they keep using drugs to avoid it. Withdrawal is what happens when someone stops taking a drug that their body has become dependent on. The symptoms of withdrawal can be physically…

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What Makes a Holistic Recovery Center Stand Out

As people learn more about addiction and how it affects people’s lives, it has become clear that it is not simply a physical condition. Addiction affects the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. It causes physical damage, leads to strained relationships and isolation, and can cause or worsen mental health issues. The effects of addiction…

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Physical Side Effects of Alcohol Detox on the Body

Abusing alcohol can take a toll on your body, including high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, and a higher risk of certain forms of cancer. Over time, drinking excessively can lead to physical dependence or addiction. Many people require treatment at an alcohol detox center to overcome their addiction. The first step of treatment is…

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How Trauma Can Fuel Addictive Behavior

Addiction is a complex issue, and no two people have the same journey through it. Many biological and environmental factors contribute to the development of addiction. Research suggests that trauma is closely linked to addiction. Addiction specialists know that people who have a history of trauma are more likely to abuse substances. This allows them…

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What to Look for in a Holistic Treatment Program

Because everyone’s journey with addiction is different, addiction treatment must also be flexible and adaptable. Treatment can not just end with physical detox. Instead, it must include elements designed to help people understand those things in their life that contributed to their addiction. They must learn skills that help them manage their lives without feeling…

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Benefits of Outpatient Rehab for Recovery

Addiction is a serious condition that often requires professional treatment. Everybody who struggles with addiction or substance use has their own journey through the condition and their own needs when it comes to treatment. Some people might hesitate to commit to treatment because they have a family to take care of, or they’re unable to…

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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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3 Common Types of Addiction Counseling

Working towards lifelong sobriety doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it is a process that requires support, vulnerability, and an investment of time and energy. When you struggle with addiction or substance use, finding the right treatments to meet your needs and work with your schedule is important. It is also important to think about your values…

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What Treatment for Depression Can Look Like

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness in the United States. Millions of adults will experience a period of depression in any given year. One of the best tools for managing depression is counseling, which is also called talk therapy. Therapy for depression is a relationship with a trained practitioner who…