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Is Professional Help Necessary for Recovery?

The short answer is a resounding yes.Research indicates that the detoxification process can be one of the most difficult and testing periods of an individual’s life. In this process, an individual effectively forces themselves to enter into a stage of intense withdrawal and allow their bodies to purge themselves of a substance that has wreaked…

What Do I Do If a Doctor Prescribes Medication?

Many of our addictions consisted of, or began with, prescription medication abuse. Many people in recovery fear that taking doctor-prescribed medications may be putting their sobriety at risk.  There is no simple answer as to whether a person in recovery should or should not take medications prescribed by a doctor. The decision depends on the…

Are There Non-Narcotic Alternatives for Pain Treatment?

Many people fall into the traps of physical drug dependence after receiving prescription opioid pain medication. Once a person discontinues the use of these medications and enters into a life of sobriety, they face unique challenges in managing the pain for which they were originally prescribed narcotic medication. Fortunately, new research is being done in…

Drug Addiction Doesn’t Define You

  For many years you may have turned to drugs to help you cope with life’s challenges.  Now that you’ve decided to get clean, you may be trying to find your identity.  Drugs blurred who you were.  You may have been using for so long that really only remember yourself as a child.  Now is…

Which Drugs Are People The Most Addicted To Right Now?

Drugs go through phases of “popularity” or high occurrences of abuse and addiction. Drug addiction has been a problem for centuries. Alcoholism has existed as long as there has been alcohol. However, drugs go through phases of being well known and widely used to falling on the back burner. For example, marijuana was the rebellious…