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Understanding Insurance for Rehab: A Quick Guide

It’s difficult enough to come to terms with addiction and admit you need help. Unfortunately, worrying about how to pay for treatment often gets in the way of going through with it. At Promises, we believe the expense of addiction treatment should not prohibit you or your loved one from accessing the very best rehab […]

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Alcoholism: Beyond the Basic Statistics

If you or a loved one is struggling with an alcohol addiction, it’s worrying to think of what the possible consequences might be. But understanding them might provide some motivation toward taking the plunge and going to rehab. These alcohol abuse facts paint an alarming picture of what can happen to people who abuse alcohol. […]

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Putting the Opioid Crisis into Perspective

The opioid epidemic has inflicted great pain and tragedy across America, and it is now indelibly etched in our collective public consciousness. The connection between prescription opioid misuse and heroin addiction has been well publicized. Statistics are useful in telling a story, but substance abuse is complex and doesn’t exist in a neat little package. Addictions tend to occur together – or like prescription drugs and heroin, a domino effect takes place. For example, people with sex addiction often drink alcohol excessively to deal with unbearable shame. Individuals with anxiety disorder may start smoking marijuana to cope with severe emotional turmoil. Looking at drug abuse in a different context provides new insights on the powerful, chronic impact of addiction.

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Depression Signs and Symptoms

Depression is more than just the blues. It sucks the joy out of life. Depression takes away your energy and self-esteem. The simplest task seems impossible to complete. Being around friends and family feels like a chore. Work and school suffers. Depression weighs on your physical and mental health. In severe cases of depression, suicide […]

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Marijuana Facts: Effects, Symptoms and Signs

Marijuana is a green, brown or gray mixture of dried shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers from the Indian hemp plant (cannabis sativa). Street/slang names for marijuana include pot, dope, ganja, Mary Jane, reefer and weed. Cannabis is a term encompassing marijuana and other drugs made from the same plant such as sinsemilla, hashish and […]

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The High Functioning Alcoholic: Hiding Alcoholism

People who are high-functioning alcoholics (HFAs) are commonly middle-aged, intelligent, well-educated and hardworking, with stable jobs and families. About 30% of HFAs have a genetic or generational history of alcoholism and about 25% experience a major depressive illness at some point in their lives.1 Alcohol Facts and Stats In 2014, there were 139.7 million current […]

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Xanax Facts

Xanax is the brand name of alprazolam, a potent, short-acting prescription drug primarily used to treat moderate to severe anxiety disorders, panic attacks and acute stress disorder. It belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines that includes Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam) and Valium (diazepam). Xanax, however, is the No. 1 drug prescribed from […]

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Valium Facts

Valium is used for the management of anxiety disorders or for the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety. Valium is also used as an adjunct for the relief of muscle spasms and chronic pain in joints, spasticity caused by upper motor neuron disorders such as cerebral palsy. Common Names: Diazepam Street Names: Candy Downers Tranks […]

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Steroid Facts

Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are synthetically produced variants of the naturally occurring male sex hormone testosterone. “Anabolic” refers to muscle-building, and “androgenic” refers to increased male sexual characteristics. “Steroids” refers to the class of drugs. These drugs can be legally prescribed to treat conditions resulting from steroid hormone deficiency, such as delayed puberty, as well as […]

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Sex Addiction Facts

The term “sex addiction” describes compulsive and uncontrollable sexual thoughts, urges and behavior. Check out these sex addiction facts to clear up some of the myths surrounding the addiction and learn about its effects and risks.  1. Sex Addiction Is Real, but Controversial Psychiatrists are still coming to a conclusion about exactly what sex addiction […]

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