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Inpatient vs Outpatient: What’s the Difference?

There are several ways to get help for addiction issues. When you need treatment, one of the things you’ll have to consider is inpatient vs. outpatient treatment. Which one is right for you will depend on several factors. The kind of addiction you’re battling, whether you’ve attended rehab before, and the seriousness of your current…

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Signs Of Alcoholism

Alcohol use disorder is a medical condition that can be diagnosed by a mental health professional or physician. In many cases, you might notice signs of alcoholism long before your loved one visits a doctor. Using criteria found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), medical personnel can determine the degree to…

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What are the Consequences of Drug Abuse?

Drug abuse can happen to anyone. No one starts out wanting to be addicted to or abuse drugs, and some consequences come along with the lifestyle. Sometimes, just the knowledge of the consequences of drug abuse can be enough to deter someone from using drugs. While this isn’t always the case, we believe it’s still…

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What is the Definition of Sobriety?

When you’re dealing with addiction, the definition of sobriety can seem confusing and far away. But you don’t have to let that be a problem for you anymore. When you come to us at Northern Illinois Recovery, you can get the support and treatment you need to live a sober life that’s healthy and happy.…

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Stress Management Techniques To Use During Recovery

Everyone experiences stress throughout their everyday activities. Some people can use stress management techniques like staying positive and accepting those events that you aren’t able to control. For others, though, turning to drugs or alcohol becomes a coping mechanism for dealing with stressful situations. Importance Of Stress Management Techniques During Recovery Developing stress management techniques…

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Types of Addiction That May Impact You

Addiction is not a single problem. Instead, it is a multifaceted disease that varies depending on what substance you take and the effects it has on your body. Therefore, you must understand the types of addiction and how they affect you. Doing so can help make your care and recovery more comfortable. It can also…

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Heroin Side Effects

Heroin is a chemical variation of pain killer medications. It shares several similarities with other opioid drugs, including morphine. However, where some pain killer medications are derived naturally from the poppy seed (which produces opium), heroin is chemically produced. Due to the added chemicals, it can have more extreme side effects than plant-based drugs. If…