12 Step Program for Addiction

12 Step Program for Addiction
One of the most popular 12 step programs for addiction is offered by the group Alcoholics Anonymous. Since its conception in the mid-twentieth century, the step program has been adapted by dozens of other groups to fit various beliefs and addictions people can develop. The main goal is to follow a pre-planned 12 step organizational system to achieve and maintain sobriety for th...
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Identifying Huffing Addiction

Identifying Huffing Addiction
Inhalants can come from a variety of different products. People use these chemicals: solvents, aerosols, gases, and nitrites to get high for the cost of a household product. Since these items are easily available for any individual to buy at most stores, they are one of the most abused drugs out there. By familiarizing yourself with the different products, uses, and behaviors a...
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Understanding Addiction

Addiction
When trying to understand your or a loved one’s addiction, it’s helpful to keep in mind the chemical and psychological effects that continued substance abuse can have on the brain. Ignorance of this information often causes extra tension to relationships. Listed below are some of the important things to consider about addiction: the cause, developing a tolerance, and finally th...
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Overcoming Drug Abuse: Detoxing

Overcoming Drug Abuse-Detoxing
Detoxing from drug abuse is one of the hardest steps on your road to recovery. Some common symptoms of detoxing are agitation, aching muscles, nervousness, nausea, hot flashes, and chills. Detoxing is a long and grueling process; however, there are steps you can take if you’re committed to getting healthy. The first step that can occur before you choose to detox or are in the p...
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Supporting A Loved One Through Rehab

Supporting A Loved One Through Rehab
Supporting someone through their journey to sobriety is never easy. However, there are things you can proactively do to make their recovery less stressful for you and them. You probably have a lot of questions as you go through the rehab center process with your loved one. Below is a list of things to consider and advice for you to help them through this rough time. The best th...
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Substance Abuse in Senior Citizens

Substance Abuse in Senior Citizens
Substance abuse has turned into a major problem for the elderly. Substance abuse is often considered a tragedy among the younger generations, but little is told of seniors with drug or alcohol addiction. The main problem with seniors dealing with substance abuse is they often have prescribed medications that conflict with the chemicals in recreational drugs, leading to lethal r...
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Substance Abuse: Dealing with Your Emotional Trigger

Dealing with Your Emotional Trigger
An emotional trigger for substance abuse can be a powerful influence and result in relapse if you don’t have the proper tools to deal with it. Having a strategy is especially important while you’re in the beginning stages of recovery. By knowing your emotional triggers for substance abuse and having a plan to deal with different situations in life, you’ll be prepared to resist ...
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Strengthening the Sponsor Relationship

Strengthening the Sponsor Relationship
Your sponsor is your first line of defense against relapse. They know and understand the position you’re in and want to help you through this rough time. However, you need to understand how to build a powerful relationship with your sponsor in order to have a meaningful impact on your recovery progress. Many 12-step programs and counselors will teach the basics of sponsorship r...
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Relapse Prevention as an Individual

Relapse Prevention as an Individual
When recovering from alcohol or drug abuse, the number one fear is that you’ll fall into relapse from the slightest urge. Well, fortunately, the tough part is over. Overcoming the painful rigors of detoxing is the most physically demanding aspect, everything else is just psychological. As long as you have the willpower to overcome your addiction then you have all the tools nece...
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