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Dependence and Addiction: A Guide to Understanding Substance Abuse

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The Importance of Understanding Substance Abuse Dependence and addiction are the most misused and misunderstood terms in the spectrum of drug use. Complete knowledge of the common terms associated with substance abuse is key to understanding the birth of the addict and the proper steps necessary for successful recovery. For individuals with a minimal awareness […]

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7 Common Addictive Personality Traits to Look Out For

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While no two people are the same, there are often several addictive personality traits that are commonly shared. If you or a loved one suffer from the disease of addiction, it can be helpful to understand these underlying causes to properly deal with the situation at hand. If you believe someone you know is likely […]

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Dating in Recovery: The Pros and Cons

dating in recovery

In the millennial world, dating is difficult, to say the least. Thanks to the complications of the modern conveniences, the dating world has become convoluted by endless chasing games, being left on read, and likes on your photos. The emotional roller coaster ride that comes with the territory can be overwhelming. If you factor in […]

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Burying the Hatchet: Resentments in Recovery

resentments in recovery

Having a program of recovery and behaving as such is an integral part of participating in a 12 Step fellowship. They say we must practice our principles of recovery in all of our affairs. Does this mean that we are absolutely perfect in every situation? Of course not! First and foremost, before we are recovering […]

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Non-Addict Friends In Recovery

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Having Friends in the Program When it comes to being in a 12 Step Program, being involved in the community of other recovering addicts and alcoholics is vital. One of the main points of focus in a 12 Step Program is being “in the middle”, or very involved in, both commitment positions and actively taking […]

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Staying Sober at Work: Know When it’s Time to Leave

For adults in rehab who struggle to balance a family, career, finances, and drug treatment, switching jobs is probably the last thing they want to worry about. Yet, those same jobs that they may have fought to keep through policies such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Family and Medical Leave Act […]

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5 Ways to Improve Latino Addiction Treatment

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Hispanic and Latinx people comprise a diverse set of cultures, languages, and values—that to describe them in one word would be impossible. So would the idea of applying the same methods of addiction treatment. While the principles of traditional drug treatment are beneficial to everyone who is struggling with alcoholism and/or substance abuse, there are […]

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St. Patrick’s Day drinking can lead to binge, blackout

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Every year, St. Patrick’s Day brings festive celebrations filled with shades of green, shamrocks, leprechauns, and drinking–lots of drinking. Many revelers throw one (or more) back to honor the patron saint of Ireland on March 17, a day that is now the fourth-largest drinking holiday in the US after New Year’s, Christmas, and the Fourth […]

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Drug Spotlight FAQ: Kratom

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Kratom and kava bars became a hot topic in August 2016 when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it intended on listing kratom as a Schedule 1 drug. The question of whether it fits under this definition—having “high potential for abuse” while also having no existing research to prove acceptable medical use—sent the […]

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Opioid Overdoses Continue to Rise in 2017

Heroin and Fentanyl overdoses are on the rise in Ohio

For many people, a new year symbolizes new beginnings and habits. But for some addicts in Ohio, 2017 has meant a rise in deaths for those still struggling with opioid abuse. In February, The New York Times reported the Dayton, Ohio, coroner’s office handled 25 deaths—18 deaths were from drug overdoses. In January, the same […]

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