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Posted in Addiction, Articles, Mental Health

What to Look for in a Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Facility

When deciding on the right mental health treatment center for co-occurring disorders, there are several key elements you should look for. Make sure you are giving yourself the best chance for success by finding a mental health treatment center with these important elements.  Qualified Staff Members A co-occurring disorder occurs when an individual suffers from a mental health condition and a substance use […]

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Posted in Addiction, Alcoholism

What Is EtOH Withdrawal?

The chemical in alcohol that gets you drunk is ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol or EtOH. This chemical is a depressant, but it has a very intoxicating effect. EtOH can be highly addictive both physically and psychologically. When a doctor refers to EtOH withdrawal, he or she is talking about the unpleasant symptoms that arise when a person who is addicted to alcohol abruptly stops drinking. Once you have become physically dependent […]

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Posted in Addiction, Addictions, Alcoholism, Articles, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Substance Abuse Evaluation: What to Expect

Whether by choice or by force, a substance abuse evaluation is one of the first steps in addiction treatment. There are four goals of a drug and alcohol abuse assessment: Determine the types of substances abused Determine the severity of substance abuse Assess co-occurring mental health disorders Make a treatment recommendation, if necessary During a […]

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Posted in Addiction, Articles, Drug Abuse, Treatment

Pregnancy and Pot: What You Should Know

Marijuana use during pregnancy is on the rise. Recent research analyzed medical questionnaires of 279,457 pregnant women and found pot use increased from 4.2% to 7.1% over an eight-year period. That’s just the people who admitted it. Researchers believe many women don’t own up to marijuana use during pregnancy for fear of being reported to […]

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Posted in Addiction, Articles, Eating Disorders, Mental Health

How Drug Abuse Can Fuel Eating Disorders

Eating disorders and substance abuse can be crafty and complex partners in crime. Research shows about half of people with eating disorders also abuse alcohol or other drugs. Over 35% of people with substance use disorders also engage in some form of disordered eating behavior. These patterns can take a few forms and may feed […]

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Posted in Addiction, Addiction Research, Articles

Toxic Effects of Alcoholism on Families: The Statistics

Alcohol abuse ravages families, leaving long-lasting emotional scars. Families are a unit, and when one individual is hurting and acting destructively, it impacts everyone. Here are just some of the effects of alcoholism on families. Marriage and Alcoholism Statistics: Does Alcohol Break Up Relationships? “He’s a happy drunk.” “She’s an angry drunk.” Whatever the case […]

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Posted in Addiction, Sex Addiction

Dr. Oz Show Visits The Ranch to Learn About Sex Addiction Treatment

On the heels of controversial celebrities like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey signing up for rehab after being accused of sexual misconduct, Dr. Mehmet Oz devoted a portion of “The Dr. Oz Show” on Nov. 16 to the topic.

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Posted in Addiction, Helpful Articles

How Equine Therapy Helps Addicts

Equine-assisted therapy can be immensely beneficial for issues like depression, anxiety, ADHD, brain injuries, behavioral issues and for people with disabilities. Equine therapy is also an effective treatment for people struggling with drug and alcohol use. Tim Risler owns Equine Healing Solutions in Flora, Mississippi, and is a certified equine therapist. He tells us why equine therapy is so transformative for people with addictions.

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Posted in Addiction, Mental Health

Pros and Cons of Coming Out Of the Mental Health and Addictions Closet

For many, mental health and addiction issues are daunting; limiting quality of life and creating an environment of shame. When symptoms manifest, sometimes only the individual and those in their immediate circles are aware that they exist. Fear arises when one considers those among extended family, friends, co-workers and employers finding out.

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Posted in Addiction

The Risks of Using Meth During Pregnancy

Methamphetamine (meth, crystal, chalk and ice) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug with chemical properties similar to amphetamine. Anyone who uses it runs a high risk of becoming dependent on it. A white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder, meth is taken orally, smoked, snorted or dissolved in liquid (water or alcohol) and injected. Regardless of the method used, long-term meth use is associated with cravings, risky behavior, brain dysfunction and deficits in regulating self-control. People who smoke or inject it experience an immediate, intense euphoria. While the resulting high is longer than that produced by cocaine, the desire for continuous pleasure leads to repeated use and a “binge-and-crash” pattern.1,2

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