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Eye Movement Therapy: A Treatment for Addiction

Much of what addicts experience when they enter a rehabilitation facility or a support group is done simply because it has always been done. Too often, addiction treatments are grounded in philosophies and personal beliefs rather than research, facts, and success rates. In psychology and psychiatry, on the other hand, many treatments and techniques used …

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The Evolution of Addiction Treatment

The evolution of addiction treatment programs has been drastic. Decades ago, people struggling with addiction were believed to be morally degenerate, and the process of “treating” their addiction often amounted to little more than torture. Until research showed that addiction was a treatable disease of the brain, many people were also given prison sentences or …

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Benefits of Equine Therapy in Drug Rehab Treatment

The term “therapy” often paints the picture of a person lying on a couch in a dimly-lit room while they talk to someone with a clipboard. However, therapy has changed tremendously as research finds new benefits in alternative therapy. Equine therapy is a relatively new therapy that offers people in recovery from addiction and those …

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: The Magic of Horses

Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is one of the fastest-growing segments in the mental health field. EAP has proven to be a highly effective form of therapy that can be implemented in tandem with other traditional modes of treatment. EAP is based on the premise that horses are non-judgmental creatures that can help patients to feel comfortable …

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Are You Safe from Relapse if You Have Long Term Sobriety?

When you first get sober, staying away from a drink or a drug for a whole day seems difficult or impossible. After a while, though, you get used to it. Before you know it, days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months turn into years. Years start to pass, and you are still …

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Suicide and Meth Use

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is highly addictive. Many people have become dependent on it, and too many have died. The physical effects of this drug can lead to fatalities, but the truly troubling side effects are psychological, leading to the relationship between suicide and meth use.Abusers of meth are more …

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Negative Outlook on Past Can Increase Risk for Substance Abuse

If you have a negative perspective of the past, you may be at a higher risk for substance abuse disorder. Individuals with a more positive outlook on their past are more likely to stay away from substances.It’s important to address any negative feelings you have about your past as part of your recovery from substance …

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The Challenges of the First Year Sober

If you have relied on alcohol or drugs for any length of time to escape from reality or to relieve bad feelings, learning to live sober can be very challenging. The intense symptoms of withdrawal from substance use disorder are only the beginning. Although you may wish you could just get through detox and then live happily ever after, …

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