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The Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal

When you have reached a point where your life revolves around drinking, you probably know you have a problem. You aren’t even sure if you are drinking because you want to drink anymore or if you are drinking because you have to drink. You know you should stop, but you aren’t sure if you can. …

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Injection Drug Users Who Also Abuse Stimulants at High Suicide Risk

A team of Canadian researchers says that people who inject drugs have an exceptionally high risk of suicide when using stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines. Injection drug users have relatively strong chances of developing diagnosable problems with substance abuse and addiction. They also have elevated chances of making suicide attempts and actually committing suicide. In a …

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Doctors Increasing Use of Buprenorphine in Addiction Treatment

The use of buprenorphine to treat opioid dependence has increased dramatically in the last ten years, particularly among general physicians. This trend is indicative of a clear shift in opioid maintenance therapy in the United States. Buprenorphine is a modern medication that can help people affected by opioid addiction break a pattern of uncontrolled drug or medication …

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Benefits of Group Therapy

5 Benefits of Group Therapy

The benefits of group therapy are comprehensive and life-changing. A review of 43 studies found that those suffering from depression who attend group therapy show measurable and lasting improvement. Group therapy demonstrates clinical effectiveness for treating addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, and more. However, to understand why group therapy is so effective, we need to take a closer …

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Coping With Opioid Withdrawal

Coping with Opioid Withdrawal

Opioids are among some of the most challenging drugs to overcome. Unfortunately, coping with opioid withdrawal symptoms can be one of the most challenging parts of the process. One of the reasons for this is that people are often on opioids for several years, increasing their dosage to maintain the potency of the drug.The good …

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Benefits of Participating in a Family Program

The Benefits of Participating in a Family Program

The effects of addiction go beyond the person with the disease. It spreads out and affects everyone in their lives, particularly their family. A person under the influence of drugs or alcohol often acts out in destructive ways that seem unforgivable. Family members lose trust and faith in the idea that the person they raised or grew up …

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How Addiction Affects Families: A Wakeup Call

Addiction isn’t just an individual problem. How addiction affects families is far-reaching and profound. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) found that the majority of all violence against a spouse or partner involved substance abuse. However, addiction doesn’t just include things like drugs and alcohol. Excessive gambling, porn, video games, and social media are …

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What Does Person-First Treatment Mean?

Understanding Person-First Treatment Have you heard this phrase before, “person-first treatment” or even “person-first language,” and been confused by what it meant? Many treatment centers will claim to be person-first. But perhaps never explain its purpose and why it should matter to you. Let us explain.Person-first treatment is rooted in this truth: you are so …

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Getting Treatment During The Holidays

A Day at The Ranch: Holiday EditionThe festivities and celebrations at the end of a year can be a challenging time for all individuals. Especially those seeking treatment during the holidays for mental health challenges or addiction. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 24% of people diagnosed with mental health conditions …

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Incorporating Spirituality in Addiction Treatment

Why Does Spirituality Matter in Addiction Treatment and Wellness?Discovering how to express spirituality in addiction treatment can be difficult, as even the word “spirituality” can mean different things to different people.  For some people, the concept of exercising spirituality may mean attending religious services at a chosen place of worship and praying to God or …

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