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The Difference Between Alcohol Dependence and Alcohol Addiction

Some might not realize that there’s a difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction. It isn’t uncommon to see these terms used interchangeably, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t differences. However, alcohol addiction is the beginning stage of alcohol dependence. Both of these issues start when someone abuses alcohol. Identifying the Difference Between Alcohol Dependence…

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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

The most commonly abused medications include anxiety prescriptions, pain relievers, and stimulants used for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ease of access is one of the contributing factors regarding prescription drug addiction. In this guide, we’re outlining more about commonly abused prescription drugs, and if you or a family member should attend a prescription drug…

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Is a 12 Step Program Right for Me?

The 12-step program seeks to help former alcoholics to remain sober as they recover. The program works through connecting alcoholics through a forum. In these forums, peer alcoholics can discuss their struggles and develop ways of supporting each other. The concept of the 12 steps has its roots in the notion that alcoholism is an…

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How to Stay Holistic After Treatment

Those who choose a holistic recovery option are placing focus on their overall well-being while simultaneously treating the physical symptoms of addiction. This type of wellness approach brings your body, mind, and spirit into alignment. That leads many to wonder how to continue this holistic approach after treatment concludes. About Holistic Addiction Treatment People start…

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How World Events Impact Addiction

When world events like a pandemic cause sudden changes in our lives, there are significant impacts out of our control. Stay at home orders, social distancing, and distance learning are all becoming the new normal. What does that mean for someone who is suffering from addiction during COVID-19? These impacts don’t mean it’s impossible to…

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What Is Polysubstance Abuse?

Drug addiction takes place in phases. It begins with first use, after which a person becomes a regular user. Regular usage leads to dependency. Once someone becomes dependent, the drug will not have the same effect as it had during the first-time use. Some people choose to start using other drugs to find the perfect…

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How Your Environment Impacts Addiction

Addiction is a disease affecting families with roots diving deep into behavioral and mental issues, family history, genetics, relationships, and trauma. Researchers believe that a notable factor leading to addiction and the need for addiction treatment is a person’s environment. A person’s home, work, school atmosphere, and access to substances can affect their substance use…

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The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

In the past, many referred to bipolar disorder as manic depression. This disorder is marked by intense and sudden shifts in behavior, energy levels, and mood. Some believed that drug and alcohol addiction recovery should address severe mental conditions such as bipolar disorder. As medical professionals understand co-occurring disorders better, dual diagnosis treatment is becoming…