How Men and Women Differ in Their Addiction Treatment

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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. […]

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

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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 […]

How Addiction Affects Your Immune System

How Addiction Affects Your Immune System

People often think about how addiction impacts our brains, emotions and cognitive abilities. Though we all know that substance use has physical consequences, it’s tempting to think about addiction as solely a disease affecting the mind. However, once you truly understand how addiction affects your immune system, you begin to grasp how deeply substance use disorder impacts your body. A compromised immune system invites a host of disastrous medical conditions. A person struggling with an addiction isn’t just more likely to catch a cold; they’re potentially vulnerable to life-threatening chronic conditions. Before we address how substances impede our bodies from […]

Dual Diagnosis: Treating Addiction and Mental Illness

Mental Illness and Addiction

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Mental illness and addiction are diseases that affect people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Unfortunately, they often combine to create a complicated mix of issues. In 2014, over 20 million American adults had a substance use disorder – of these, roughly half also had a mental illness. Experiencing these two issues at the same time is referred to as dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. This can make treating addiction more difficult, but if handled correctly, addressing both of these concerns simultaneously will result in better quality of life and improved outcomes over time. […]

Why Willpower Isn’t Enough

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If you’ve already made a commitment to recovery, then we don’t have to tell you that pure willpower is not the answer to overcoming addiction. Prior to recovery, many people with a substance use disorder want to “will” themselves to quit. You may even try to cut ties with using friends, ditch all of your alcohol or drugs or make heartfelt promises to loved ones – but having a strong will isn’t enough. Unfortunately, willpower will only get you so far without proper support, education and treatment. This is because addiction isn’t a choice or result of moral failing; it’s […]