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Why DIY Detox Often Fails without Medical Support

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There is a common misconception, usually held by families and people close to addicts, that alcohol or drug detox can be handled on their own. It is often the expense and complexity of seeking professional addiction treatment that forces people to consider other options which, unfortunately, rarely work. Addicts can also feel capable of conducting their own DIY detox and while their motivation can be exceptionally strong, without a structured treatment program to support them, their attempts often fail.

Why Attempting Drug Detox on Your Own is Not a Good Solution

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Key Differences between Abstinence and Recovery

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It is now widely acknowledged that addiction is a chronic disease that ruins lives as well as health. The effects of addiction filter through entire social groups, which is how it permeates our society and continues to exist. For those in the grip of addiction it can be an incredibly lonely place to dwell, although there are solutions available that can give hope during a time of daily struggle.

Ridding lives of addiction is no easy task and yet many still believe that by simply not using alcohol or drugs is sufficient to be “cured.” Giving up using is just one small step in a process that lasts a lifetime. This is because all addiction has root causes…

Opioid Prescriptions Decline but Levels Still Too High According to CDC

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New research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the amount of opioid prescriptions written in America between 2010 and 2015 fell by 18%. Despite the success in reducing the number of Americans receiving opioid-based prescription drugs, the level still remains three times higher than it was back in 1999.

Overhaul of Prescription Practices behind Declining Numbers

In response to the rising number of opioid overdoses in the States, physicians have revised prescribing practices to prevent or reduce the risk of addiction. Nevertheless, thousands of lives are lost every year to prescription drugs…

What Are the Options for Schooling Kids with Addiction?

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Addiction is not just a condition suffered by adults alone. There are rising numbers of adolescents and young adults struggling with issues caused by drug or substance abuse in America today. Young addicts have a unique set of challenges to face when receiving treatment for addiction, particularly the question of where and how to continue with education whilst on a rehabilitation program.

Ensuring Academic Consistency is Important for Recovery

The main reason traditional school can be difficult for young addicts is that it can sometimes become an enabling environment, with the risk of…

Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Help Addicts?

Animal-Assisted Therapy
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It’s hard not to love animals, and many people experience a calming effect when petting a cat, dog or other furry friend. Human beings are by nature a pack animal, which is why co-existing with animals comes naturally to us. This is the reason there are so many benefits to caring for and spending time with an animal. Animals also have an extremely therapeutic benefit in addiction treatment, which is something that has been…


An Athlete’s Unconventional Program Could Help Drug Addicts Heal

Mind Strength Program for Addiction Recovery

Activists and lawmakers alike are constantly investigating new ways to deal with the rising problem of substance addiction in America. In recent months, a high-profile endurance athlete Ryan Burke has revealed an entirely new approach to addiction therapy called ‘Mind Strength.’

The high-ranking international athlete has developed an unconventional approach to addiction treatment based on working the heart to maximum capacity to retrain the brain and eliminate addictive behaviors. Through extreme cardiovascular exercise, where the body is pushed to the limit in regular daily sessions, it is possible to significantly…

The Effects of Sleep During Addiction Treatment

Sleep During Addiction Treatment

During drug and alcohol rehabilitation, it is not unusual for your sleep patterns to change. This is mainly because most addicts have a long history of using specifically to give them a good night’s sleep and unless this is controlled within a treatment program, constantly battling an inability to sleep can hamper your progress.

Here we take a closer look at the importance of getting enough good quality sleep when you’re on an addiction treatment program:

Sleep Reduces Stress Levels

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Jamie Lee Curtis Speaks Out About Opioid Addiction

Jamie Lee Curtis Speaks on Addiction
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In a recent TV interview, well-known former opioid addict Jamie Lee Curtis spoke of her…


3 Barriers to Treating Opioid Addiction

Barriers to Treating Drug Addiction

Dealing with nonmedical prescription drug addiction can be a minefield because of the barriers that exist both in society and the healthcare system preventing easy access to necessary treatment. These barriers are significant enough to deter many addicts from seeking the treatment they need.

Here we take a look at the barriers many addicts believe stand in their way of successful rehabilitation:

1. Social Stigma

There remains a stereotypical perception of an addict’s character that still serves to stigmatize, even in this day and age. However, more and…

New Nasal Spray Can Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

Narcan Bill Signing Ceremony
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A new nasal spray that prevents opioid overdose was trialed at the beginning of the year and is successfully being implemented in other states where opioid abuse is an issue. The Narcan nasal spray is being made available to police departments, drug users and relatives of addicts across the US as a way of preventing drug overdoses, and has already been proven to save lives.

Narcan is the brand name of naloxone, the only drug with the potency to stop an…