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12 Step Programs and the 12 Steps of AA

Why are 12 step programs so effective in treating alcoholism, drug addiction, and many other addictions? What is it about the 12 steps of AA that have touched the lives of so many in recovery? Understanding 12 Step Programs and the 12 Steps of AA The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are the basis of…

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What Is Flakka?

The drug Flakka is another of the new breed of dangerous designer drugs. But what is flakka? It is produced in laboratories and appear suddenly on the market.  Flakka, which derives its name from the Spanish slang for pretty woman (“la flaca”), is a form of the drug alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP). Interestingly, this drug was developed…

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Suboxone and Subutex Withdrawal

Suboxone and Subutex withdrawal can be extremely difficult. Subutex and Suboxone are forms of the synthetic opiate buprenorphine that was developed to help opiate addicts to end their addictions. The drug was intended to provide a safer and less-stigmatized alternative to methadone for opiate addicts. However, since buprenorphine is also an opiate, it is highly…

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What Is The 12 Step Program

Created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12 step program is arguably one of the oldest and well-known treatment programs today. Established as guidelines that were determined to be successful enough in their infancy so that other support groups dedicated to those with substance use disorder adopted them. The Basics Of The 12 Step Program Many people…

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How to Define Psychotherapy

Counseling has been around for a while, and there are many different types. When treating issues that involve the mind and body, you can take a mind-based approach, a medical-based approach, or a combination of both. Psychiatrists, for example, can prescribe medicine and often do in conjunction with any therapy they provide their patients. Psychotherapy…

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How to Improve Your Recovery From Addiction

Drug addiction can take over your life and make it a scary and frightening situation. Rehab can help you beat this substance abuse but often requires a little help to master. Thankfully, you can enhance your recovery from addiction in many ways. The following steps all make it possible to walk away from addiction for…

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Stimulant Abuse

A stimulant works on the central nervous system to increase cognitive function or alertness. Stimulants can be illicit substances, such as cocaine, or prescription medications. These drugs are taken orally, injected, or snorted. Many people use some form of stimulants every day. For example, caffeine in coffee and nicotine found in cigarettes are both considered…

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Heroin Side Effects

For many people, experimenting with heroin came on the heels of getting accidentally addicted to prescription painkillers. When they could no longer get a prescription from their doctor, or their insurance would no longer pay for it, they turned to heroin in order to get relief from their pain. In addition to that relief, though,…

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