Accreditation: How to Identify the Best Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

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Finding the right treatment center for your drug or alcohol addiction can be challenging. You are struggling but you are ready to make a change in your life, for the better. Of course, you want to be sure you make the right choice in a treatment center so you’ll have the best chance at recovery. There are a number of ways to identify the best drug and alcohol treatment centers that will help you find the one you need for your specific situation. Understand Your Own Needs The best drug and alcohol treatment centers are the ones that work for […]

The Impact of Addiction on Older Adults

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Drug addiction and alcohol abuse are often seen as issues occurring mostly in young people. In fact, research has shown that most high school students have tried some form of alcohol or drugs. Young minds and bodies are not developed enough to fight off the potential effects of addiction. As we age, though, our bodies and minds also change. We now understand the serious impact of addiction on older adults as well. Addiction by the Numbers The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that two-thirds of students have tried alcohol and about half have used marijuana by the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

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Once detox is complete, a person begins the real work of recovery. It’s in the weeks and months following initial treatment that you identify challenges to your recovery and find the tools to overcome them. Better understanding post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) helps position people to more easily navigate this important time in the recovery process. PAWS is the stage of withdrawal that follows the initial detoxification period. During this time, a person’s brain is adjusting to substance deficiencies. It can last for several weeks, months or perhaps even longer, depending on the extent and duration of substance use. Research continues […]

Making Amends: When is the Best Time for Addicts to Apologize?

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The disease of addiction makes sufferers act in careless and hurtful ways to others. Though there’s no way to undo their actions, a person in recovery can seek to make amends with those they’ve wronged. When is the best time for addicts to apologize to people they’ve hurt? Everyone’s recovery process is different, so there’s no definitive answer to this question. However, you can benefit from considering where you are in your recovery and how equipped you are to make things right. Before we look at making amends as part of a 12-step program and the potential best time for […]

A Closer Look at the Four Agreements

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So much of our suffering is completely unnecessary. From an early age, we take on ways of thinking that create a useless burden, which traps us in a constant state of sadness and anxiety. We make assumptions, we harbor ill will toward others at our own peril and we worry about things we can’t control. Suffering is part of life, but there’s a better path available to those to seek it. Spiritual coaching in addiction treatment helps a person see things for what they are and let go of the suffering that keeps them from living full, engaged lives. The […]