Short- And Long-Term Effects of Crack

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Stimulants such as crack cocaine are among the most commonly abused drugs in the world and also one of the toughest for addicts to quit, according to Harvard Health. It first appeared in the 1980s and since then has become one of the most highly addictive drugs on the street. Crack is a rock version of cocaine, which is inhaled … Read More

What Should I Do If My Loved One Relapses?

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When a person enters into a life of recovery from drugs or alcohol, there is always a fear or possibility of relapse. Typically, in treatment programs or support groups, relapse prevention is a huge topic of discussion in the hopes that fully preparing someone for this potential threat will help them to avoid it. While understanding the signs is helpful, … Read More

What Makes A Drug Addictive?

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No one ever begins using a drug thinking they will become addicted to it. Often what begins as a curious experimentation or a prescription for pain or anxiety becomes a debilitating and devastating addiction. Understanding Drug Addiction While not all drug use leads to abuse or addiction, it is definitely still a gamble when a person ingests substances that have … Read More

How Alcoholism Affects Relationships

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Alcohol abuse is one of the leading addictions many people face. Not only can alcoholism wreak havoc on someone’s personal life, but it also greatly affects every single relationship they are a part of. Perhaps, the biggest and most detrimental impacts come at the level of intimacy, partnership, and marriage. Anyone who is engaging in heavy drinking on a regular … Read More

How To Avoid Drinking at Holiday Parties

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s important for people in recovery to gear up. Holidays mean holiday parties, of which alcohol tends to be the center of attention. This can make staying sober more of a challenge than usual. The good news is it can be done, and you’ll be in a better position than most who over-indulge … Read More

Why Do Alcoholics Drink?

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When someone has a drinking problem, not only do they find themselves questioning why they can’t be normal, but also it is extremely common for their family and friends to not quite understand why they can’t control their alcohol usage. Mostly everyone affected by alcoholism is, at some point in time, left wondering what causes alcoholics to drink as heavily … Read More

What Do You Do In Drug Rehab?

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With substance abuse on the rise, drug rehab has become a vital component to people getting the help they need. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a national survey was completed in 2013 that shed some light on our country’s growing drug abuse epidemic. The results found: An estimated 21.6 million persons aged 12 or older were … Read More

5 Mistakes Families Make When Planning An Intervention

5 mistakes families make during an intervention

If a loved one suffering from addiction is out of control, it’s a natural to desire to want to intervene and save them. However, when planning and facilitating an intervention, it’s important to be aware of costly mistakes that can happen if they are not organized and done correctly. Most people are familiar with the popular T.V. show “Intervention,” and … Read More

How To Help An Alcoholic Who Refuses Help

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In our society, almost every social event or outing is fueled by alcoholic beverages and drinking these days, so it’s no surprise that alcoholism is on the rise. According to Alcoholism Statistics: An estimated 6.6 million children under 18 live in households with at least one alcoholic parent. About 43% of adults in the US (76 million people) have had a … Read More

Relapse Stages: Mental, Emotional, and Physical Relapse

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Getting clean and sober is an amazing journey. Recovery is a lifestyle and must constantly be tended to for the benefits to stay intact. It takes hard work and determination, but the rewards can be well worth it. Many people experience better health, more energy, clarity, and an overall sense of well-being and peace in their recovery. However, sobriety is … Read More