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Learning to Trust the Method in Treatment

Once you have made the difficult decision to seek help and enter treatment, you will find there is a lot of letting go for you to do. You will be letting go of the substance you are addicted to. You will be letting go of old, destructive habits that led you to be in this addictive state. You will be letting go of old haunts and so-called friends who were a part of your days of addiction. You also will be letting go...

Will I Succeed in Rehab if I’m Antisocial?

When you seek rehabilitation from an addiction of any kind, the medical professionals you turn to for help will consider your particular issues, needs and limitations when trying design the best course of action for your treatment. If you have social anxiety or are antisocial, for instance, you may be concerned about what treatment that will involve, since most formal treatment modalities involve group settings....

Convincing a Parent that They Need Help for Substance Abuse

Be as loving as possible and if your parent doesn’t want to talk about something When you have a parent who struggles with a substance abuse problem, you may not know what to do. This is understandably a very difficult situation. You may have even tried to say something to your parent about your concerns. The truth is your parent could have been hiding substance abuse for years and you just didn’t know about it....

What to Do After Treatment for Benzos

When benzodiazepines were introduced in the late 1950s, doctors lauded them as safe and less habit-forming then other tranquilizers. Overnight, benzos became the most frequently prescribed class of psychoactive drugs available. That upward trend is still accelerating. From 1998 to 2008, abuse of benzos including Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin tripled, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

The First 4 Steps in Stopping Your Drug Use

You know you have a problem with drugs, and you want to stop using. You are facing the consequences of drug abuse: broken relationships, deteriorating physical health, mental health issues and likely money problems. You know that staying on this path of substance abuse is not worth it. Only pain and death will result if you continue to use drugs. This is a very important step—making the choice to live an entirely...

An Overview of Addiction Treatment Credentials and What They Mean

If you or someone you love is in need of treatment program for substance use, you should do your homework before deciding on a program. There is no “one size fits all” treatment; a program should be tailored to fit an individual’s needs and often involves a combination of medication and counseling. But who is doing the counseling and prescribing the medications? It’s important for you to know and to feel...

4 Ways Going with the Flow in Rehab Is the Right Decision

Entering rehab is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. Professional treatment can spark a revolution in your life. It can teach you to cope with stresses in positive ways, rediscover your passions and redirect your pursuits—all without the crutch of alcohol. Learning new ways of thinking in professional treatment can be exciting and empowering. But transformation can also trigger anxiety. This is...

3 Arguments in Favor of Rehab

It is common to face some resistance whether you want a loved one to go receive treatment or even if you are just debating going to rehab yourself. Whatever the details are of your situation, there will always be reasons that you may want to use for not going to rehab. The folowing are three arguments you may have—with others or even with yourself—about getting treatment: The Timing Is Not Right to Go to...

A Snapshot of Rehab

You have probably heard the term “rehab,” but may not be sure of what exactly it is comprised of. There are many different combinations that work together to make up various rehabilitation experiences for mental health and substance use disorders. No one treatment is right for every person – it takes an individualized approach to determine what is best in each case. “The popular concept of alcohol treatment...

How Stress Management Can Aid Rehab

Stress is often one of the main reasons individuals participate in substance abuse. Obviously the sources of stress do not go away when you become sober, so what can you do instead of turning to the bottle to cope with life’s challenges? According to the American Institute of Stress, 44% of Americans feel more stressed today than they did five years ago. Even more shocking is the statistic that stress is the basic...

Seeking Rehab: Researching and Speaking to a Counselor

Rehab gives people a life-changing opportunity to break away from the pressures of life to focus on their health. Also, as it rids bodies of toxic chemicals through detox, treatment helps people sharpen coping skills and regain clarity about their lives. One key to maintaining these gains is to partner with the right therapist. Treat Your Disease with a Specialist Just like managing other chronic, progressive...

Why Is Rehab So Intimidating?

The Psychiatry (Edgmont) journal stated in 2007 that shame and discrimination can motivate addicts to take extreme measures to hide their substance abuse disorder. Many addicts resist admitting to a problem because it implies they now have to do something about it, and for many, entering rehabilitation can be intimidating. Treatment professionals understand the potential intimidation, apprehension, embarrassment and...

4 Ways to Get Help for an Alcohol Addiction

Today more than ever, it is possible for people who are caught in the chokehold of addiction to break free. Help is plentiful. To learn ways you can reach out and receive needed care to save your life—or the life of your loved one—read on. Find Sober Friends Peer support is the cornerstone of a strong recovery. It buffers against stress and also improves resilience, according to the Mayo Clinic. Learning from...

What Happens in Treatment?

Professional treatment is one of the most dynamic ways to create a vibrant future. Some payoffs are obvious: if an addiction has ravaged your health, then regaining mental and physical fitness is a tangible result you can expect. However, other perks are more subtle. After days, weeks and months of “doing the next right thing” and walking through treatment, some people look around themselves and are pleasantly...

How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

Many creative people struggle with addiction issues, but drug problems do not enhance creativity. Instead, it is more likely that creative people are more prone to drug abuse and addiction problems than other people are. The importance of this mindset is realizing that one can work through drug problems and addiction by using creativity. How Creativity Helps Addiction Recovery Creativity can help drug addicts work...

How to Manage Ongoing Medical Conditions During Rehab

Many people struggling with drug addiction also suffer from ongoing medical conditions such as chronic pain or mental health disorders. In many cases, the medical conditions are pre-existing and may have even led to the drug abuse and addiction due to self-medicating. Managing co-occurring disorders can often be difficult while receiving treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, as the two disorders are commonly...

How Open Discussion of Mental Health Disorders Can Prevent Addiction

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that one in four adults experiences mental illness in a given year. That equals over 61 million people. The NAMI also reports that over nine million people have both a mental health problem and an addiction to drugs. Stigmas Associated with Mental Illness Despite their prevalence in the U.S. and other countries, mental health disorders are stigmatized, stereotyped and...

CBT: The Very Basics

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a common treatment style for substance abuse, addiction and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. It examines the connections between one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors so patients can modify self-destructive thought-processes and coping mechanisms. Seek help to determine if this treatment option is the right choice for you. What Happens During CBT? CBT...

Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

While you are in addiction treatment, you are surrounded by people who want you to succeed in your efforts to live clean and sober. Fellow addicts, the staff and even acquaintances in the rehab environment will encourage you, hold you accountable, ask the hard questions and give you the support that is necessary for the early stages of recovery. However, when you leave addiction treatment, you still need a support...

Why Do I Have to Go to Therapy During Rehab?

Rehabilitation is a complicated physiological and psychological process. Many people mistakenly believe that successfully surviving detox is the main point of these programs. While it is true that medically supervised detox is a critical aspect of successful rehab for many people, the real power of addiction is its ability to change the way the brain works. The goal and opportunity of the most effective rehab...

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