Will I Ever Regain Control of my Drug Use?

Many men and women struggling with addiction enter into treatment because they have lost control of their drug use, but they are still unwilling to accept abstinence as the only solution. It is not uncommon for one to believe that they can return to moderating their drug use after being treated for addiction. However, addiction…

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Choosing a Recovery Program After Treatment

The best way to ensure that one maintains sobriety after treatment is by continued involvement with a long-term recovery programs. There are many abstinence-based recovery programs, and it may be difficult to determine which one will be most effective. Exploring the variety of options available can be an enjoyable experience in early sobriety, and help…

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Can I Detox Without Help?

Many men and women suffering from addiction feel that they would be more comfortable going through the detoxification process in the comfort of their own home. Self-detox, however, is an extremely dangerous prospect. Many substances can create such a strong physical dependence that the withdrawal symptoms could lead to major health consequences or death. To…

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Staying Aware of Other Addictive Behaviors

Recovery from addiction requires that we maintain an awareness of other expressions of addiction. We may remain free from drugs and alcohol, but turn to other behaviors and activities that give us feelings of pleasure. The disease of addiction is not specific to substances, but can also extend to activities such as sex, gambling, or…

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What is Polysubstance Abuse?

Men and women suffering from addiction rarely only use one substance. When an individual uses two or more addictive drugs simultaneously or concurrently, it is known as “Polysubstance Abuse.” It is possible for an individual to develop two simultaneous addictions to two different drugs or to become psychologically dependent on different substance. As addiction develops,…

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Shifting Your Perspective of Happiness

Happiness is difficult to define, but researchers have pinpointed two different types of happiness: eudaimonic happiness and hedonic happiness. Most happiness comes from striking a balance between the two forms, but, in individuals suffering from addiction, happiness is almost completely dependent upon hedonic forms of happiness. Hedonic happiness relies, in part, on external stimulation and…

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What is Cocaethylene?

Many men and women struggling with addiction use more than one substance, and often combine different substances to achieve a stronger high. Many users are unaware of the interactions that can be caused by mixing two or more different substances. Cocaine and alcohol are two substances that, when combined, can be extremely dangerous and potentially…

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The Science of Kindness

In early sobriety, we are always looking for ways to improve our mental health. According to research, one of the best ways to improve our wellbeing is simply by being kind to others. Most recovery programs place importance on helping others as a means of maintaining sobriety. By acting selflessly and making kindness a priority,…

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Can I Detox on My Own?

Many people feel that they would more comfortable going through the detox process alone and in their own home. However, self-detoxification is an extremely dangerous prospect and it is highly suggested that an individual enters into a treatment facility and receive medical supervision throughout the process. Withdrawal from certain substances can cause major health complication,…

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Improve Your Health and Well-Being with Poetry

Poetry can be a great way to get our thoughts down on paper, unrestricted by more formal writing conventions. Writing poetry can help express our emotions and feelings in a way that can provide a sense of catharsis. Our negative emotions can grow inside us, and writing poetry can be a great outlet for getting…

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