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4 Benefits of Outpatient Treatment Program

The goal of addiction treatment is to effectively change behaviors to prevent drugs or alcohol’s continued use. In nearly every case, this starts with a consultation and assessment. For some people, outpatient therapy is the right first step. It may also be a follow-up to inpatient treatment. The road to recovery often includes at least…

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The Impact of PTSD On Alcoholism

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of mental health disorder. In it, a person experiences flashbacks, intense memories, and anxiety related to a past trauma. Some people use alcohol to manage these intrusive symptoms. Alcoholism can develop from this type of self-medicating strategy. If that occurs, treatment for both conditions is essential. At Northern…

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4 Benefits of Partial Hospitalization Treatment Program

A partial hospitalization program is a type of mental health and addiction treatment program. It is a structured program in which therapy is obtained several hours each day and often for three to five days each week. This type of intensive treatment plan is designed to help people get the care they need from therapy…

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3 Types of Outpatient Rehab Programs

There are many approaches to treating substance use disorders. The most common ones are residential and outpatient rehab plans. If you choose to join a residential program in Northern Illinois Recovery, you will have to spend your time at our facility during the entire treatment period. However, with outpatient care, you have the chance to…

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What Is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month?

Distracted drivers are shattering the lives of many people on roadways. The month of December is vital to reaffirm America’s commitment to reduce accidents resulting from impaired driving. The month is a time to spread awareness about the dangers of driving while intoxicated. Northern Illinois Recovery looks at how you can observe the month as…

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What Is Trauma-Informed Care In Addiction Treatment?

Many factors may have contributed to the onset of your substance use disorder. While these illnesses are different for everyone, past trauma is one of the leading reasons for drug and alcohol abuse. Fortunately, the addiction treatment facility at Northern Illinois Recovery can help you overcome trauma and substance use disorders. The program seeks to…

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4 Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Painkillers

If you are suffering from an alcohol use disorder, the risk of abusing other substances is often high. Most people who binge drink also abuse prescription painkillers, such as opioids. Individuals often engage in polysubstance abuse to enhance the euphoric or sedating effects of other drugs. At Northern Illinois Recovery, we can help you overcome…

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The Dangers of Alcohol and Exercise

If you use alcohol regularly, then you may want to know more about the effects it can have on your well-being. Most people know about the dangers of alcohol addiction and the detrimental effects it has on your body. From the effects on the brain to the increased risk of cancer, there is well-documented research…

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4 Ways Alcohol Impacts the Brain

Alcohol probably plays an oversized role in our lives. Most major events involve adult beverages in some fashion. For most people, those moments go by without any consequence. But not for everyone. Alcohol, for some, becomes an addiction, based on interactions between alcohol and the brain. The consequences of alcohol abuse can be severe on…