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What Is Substance Use Disorder?

When discussing substance use disorder, substances like alcohol, hallucinogens, and opioids have separate classification descriptions. The use of these substances causes health problems or issues at home, school, or work. In this guide, we’re diving deeper into this definition, as well as how to tell when it’s time to receive substance use disorder treatment. Defining…

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Getting the Most Out of an Aftercare Program

Recovering from an addiction is a long-term process that doesn’t end when you leave treatment. After leaving treatment, participating in aftercare is critical. These programs often include 12-step programs, counseling, outpatient care, and sober living. Participating in an aftercare program allows you to anticipate and understand future challenges and come up with solutions ahead of…

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What Is Holistic Treatment?

Substance use disorder is a complex disease, and, unfortunately, developing it can be easy for an individual to do. Overcoming the disease is a challenge because addiction affects so many aspects of our lives. Gone are the days when medical professionals thought addiction only affected a person’s health. Today, medical professionals recognize that addiction affects…

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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…