How Men and Women Differ in Their Addiction Treatment

men and women differ in addiction treatment

Why do many of the most effective addiction treatment programs separate men from women in recovery? Just as there are physical differences between the two, there are also significant differences in the causes and impacts of their addiction to drugs or alcohol. It makes sense, then, that men and women differ in their addiction treatment approaches and results as well. Biological Differences Researchers have found that women use and respond to substances, such as drugs and alcohol, differently than do men. Women tend to use smaller amounts of certain drugs for less time before they become addicted to those drugs. […]

A Look at Addiction and Recovery in the State of Texas

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Drug and alcohol addiction affects people in every state in the US. Across the country, opioid abuse continues to present at crisis levels. In the state of Texas, the numbers are lower than many other states but are still staggering. A look at addiction and recovery in the state of Texas reveals some intriguing facts as well as hopes for an encouraging future of prevention and treatment. Addiction in Texas, by the Numbers The good news is that Texas has one of the lowest rates of drug overdose deaths involving opioids. While the national rate in 2017 was 14.6 deaths […]

Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

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Building up your sense of self-esteem can be a positive factor in your addiction recovery. If you feel better about yourself, you are more likely to want to continue to stay healthy, mentally and physically. February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month and the perfect time to look at ways to boost your self-esteem. Healthy Self-Esteem Positive self-esteem can give you the confidence you need to overcome daily challenges. If you are going through addiction treatment, building up your image of yourself and of your abilities can contribute significantly to a successful recovery. Self-esteem is essentially trusting in yourself. When you […]

Learning Life Skills in Treatment: What You Need to Know

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If you are the parent of a younger addict, you may be frustrated that your son or daughter did not listen to you when you were trying to teach them the practical skills they would need to succeed in adulthood. In addiction, the focus is typically on where and how to get the alcohol or drugs that fuel daily life and not on the skills necessary to get a job, maintain a bank account, or even hold onto a healthy relationship. Whether you are the addict or the parent of an addict, here are some things you need to know […]

What to Do After a Relapse | Treatment for Chronic Relapsers

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Relapse is not an indication of failure. Staying clean and sober is challenging. in fact, about 70-90 percent of recovering addicts experience “at least one mild to moderate slip,” which doesn’t mean the recovery program failed or the recovering addict failed. It is important, however, to know what to do after a relapse. Treatment for chronic relapsers involves the recovering addict, the addict’s family and friends, and a quality treatment program. WHY DO PEOPLE RELAPSE? Triggers and temptations abound for the recovering addict. A relapse can happen to you or to your loved one when something familiar triggers a desire […]

Improving Your Communication in Recovery

Communication in recovery

Recovery depends on communication. Being able to express yourself openly and honestly and to have real conversations can make a significant difference in the quality of your recovery efforts. Improving your communication in recovery is necessary to ensure that you are conveying your messages effectively so that others truly understand you. Words are powerful. Body language and tone of voice are powerful. All of these combine to provide you the opportunity to improve your communication, to engage in a positive manner with friends and family throughout your recovery. COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES Fear is a huge challenge when attempting to communicate with […]

Alumni Involvement | How to Stay Connected After Treatment

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Community-driven treatment is a key element in recovery for addiction program participants. Recovery, which is a process, does not end after the treatment is complete. Alumni involvement is vital to a permanent recovery, providing the opportunity for everyone involved to experience continuous connection and recovery renewal. WHY STAYING CONNECTED IS IMPORTANT Relapse is a serious concern for most addicts. When you have completed your addiction treatment program, you are equipped with the tools necessary to stay sober but many temptations still await you. The end of treatment is not the end of recovery. One strategy that has been found to […]

When is Someone Considered an Alcoholic?

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Alcohol plays a small role in some people’s lives and a much larger one in others. How problematic alcohol use becomes depends on many factors. When drinking starts to cause serious consequences, the question becomes when is someone considered an alcoholic? There are several ways to think about the answer to this question. To better understand the many facets of alcoholism, let’s look at some of the most common signs that someone might be an alcoholic. When They Want to Stop Drinking but Can’t A hallmark of alcoholism is the desire to stop drinking and the inability to do so. […]